Hoping that people like you is, in a way, the opposite of liking yourself.
I think I have learned you really can only attend to one of those needs or the other, but not both–liking yourself and hoping others like you.
When you’re living for the approval of others, you are your own constant critic. On the other hand, when you like yourself, you can’t be bothered with worrying whether everyone else likes you, too.
What about you? Will you see yourself through an anxious lens of what others think? Or through your own compassionate understanding of who you really are?
I think liking yourself works way better.
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L Alder
“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. . . . Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey
What are three things you like about yourself today?