As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have specific 2017 resolutions or goals.  However, the one thing I want to do is be more intentional with my time. Like me, lots of people are opting to pick a 2017 word/phrase instead of going down the resolution route.

Regardless of what option you choose (or don’t choose), there is one thing we should all aim to do more of in 2017.  As I think more and more about what I want out of this year and the years to come, I need to conquer this one thing before anything else can really be achieved.

In 2017, we should all aim to care more about what we think of ourselves versus what others think of us.

Care more about yourself 

Think about it.  You can set as many resolutions/goals as you want, or you can pick a super inspiring word to keep you focused on what matters.  But until you care more about (and really own) your thoughts, decisions, actions, etc., none of that really matters.  In order to live life on our terms and accomplish great things, big or small, we absolutely need to put ourselves first.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Of course other people matter.  I still care about what Vishnu, my parents, my sister, and my close friends think because I value their opinions and some of my decisions do impact them.  The key here is that their opinions are just that.  To live a fulfilling life, and in my case, live up to my 2017 mantra (anything, not everything), I have to love and trust myself more than anyone else around me.  I have to believe in myself and take ownership for my decision…regardless of what everyone else thinks.

I’ve found that this is absolutely easier said than done, but it’s also absolutely necessary.  It’s necessary if/when you become a parent and are faced with difficult decisions, it’s necessary when you’re deciding what your next career move should be, goodness, it’s even necessary when deciding what to wear in the morning.

When we let other people’s thoughts rule our universe, we’re basically giving up everything we think/want.  Don’t let other people’s opinions determine who you are and what you’re capable of…that should be completely up to you!

Your next question may be – how do I do this?  How do I stop truly stop putting other people’s thoughts/opinions before my own?  Well unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to that.  Personally, it all starts with loving and building myself up more instead of doubting, judging, and tearing myself apart.  That gives me the strength to focus on myself without obsessing about everyone else.

With all of that being said, please do set goals/resolutions/intentions for 2017 (I personally find it inspiring!), but at the same time, do also aim to care more about what you think/ say/ do/want than anyone else.  And remember, it all starts with loving and trusting yourself!

Here’s to an amazing 2017!

By Parita

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