There’s a quote going around the internet that goes something along the lines of “Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s opinion of you.” I really love the message behind this quote but in every version of this quote that I’ve seen, it’s always missing the most important part…the “including yourself” part.
It’s true that at some point in our lives whether we are in Junior High or an executive at some hot shot new startup, we have a tendency to be defined by other’s opinions of us. However, more often than not, the person that usually gets in our way of achieving the many goals and aspirations that we have in front of us is usually….us.
Most of the time the reason we get in our own way is that we spend too much time thinking about the things we want to accomplish in this life and not enough time actually doing those things or working towards that end. How many times have you thought to yourself “I really should ____ *insert some actionable item to be done* but ______ *insert excuse or self-doubting statement here*.