Other’s Opinion – don’t let them ruin your life

Other’s Opinion – don’t let them ruin your life

Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:16

What do you think is the single-most damaging thing is for one’s health, motivation & success? That’s a difficult tone, but “other people’s (negative) opinions” would have to be right up there. Simply put, a lot of people sabotage their health or success, solely because they don’t have the internal strength to disregard what others think.

Do you (or someone you know)- not leave work earlier (at a reasonable hour), because you’re worried about what others / co-workers etc will think – drink more alcohol or eat more sweets etc because of pressure from others…”What are you a teetotaller?” “a little cake won’t hurt..just to be ‘sociable’! – put pressure on yourself financially just to make a good impression (new house, car, clothes etc)?

Think about it – a high number of decisions you make today will be based (at least in part) by what you perceive others will think. Arguably, one of the greatest determinants underlying your level of health, well-being & success (whatever that means to you) is your ability to ignore other people’s negative/de-motivating opinions/advice.


1. Pick one thing you would really like to do / try / achieve (learn to dance, give up/reduce alcohol, leave work earlier etc) but you haven’t – solely because of what someone else / others (friend, work colleague, boss etc) might think.
2. Realise that apart from family, in 5,10, 20 years time, you will almost certainly never ever again see that person/group that you are currently putting so much importance on what they think of you.

3. Decide right now to “stuff the knockers” – those that want to bring you down to their level – commit to your goal anyway & refuse to let their (negative) opinions stop you from achieving what you want.

Final Thought:

Whenever faced with a situation where you feel pressure to compromise things you want to achieve – ask yourself this. Is my health & happiness more important than other people’s opinions???

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.