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People have different ways to respond to daily stressful social situations. Some of them try to solve any problem immediately getting into action, others get angry or sad and there are also people who start victimizing themselves. None of these responses is healthy or helpful, because all of them are about taking things too personally and a mindful level of acceptance. We have to realize that almost nothing in life is personal – things just happen and it’s rarely all about anyone specifically. All of us have permanently emotional issues we are dealing with and sometimes we are not aware of this.
That is why we may be irritated or rude sometimes, even if you are trying to do our best. And the people around us, feel the same. What we can do is to learn not to interpret others behaviors as personal attacks, and instead see them as non-personal encounters, like a dog barking in the distance. And you can choose how to respond: you can either respond to with a peaceful mindset, or not respond to at all. And this isn’t as complicated as you might think. All you have to do is to remember the following mantras for NOT taking things personally:
- People rarely do things because of you. They do things because of them.
- You cannot control all the things people say and do to you, but you are the one who decides not to be reduced by them.
- You will feel free if you will be able to detach yourself from other people’s beliefs and behaviors. The way people treat you is their problem, how you react is yours.
- Constructive criticism should be taken seriously, but not personally. Just listen what other people have to say, and then act with your own wisdom as your guide.
- You don’t need other people’s validation as you are already valuable. You are good enough, smart enough and strong enough.
- Don’t let other people dominate your emotions and you will succeed to improve your self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.
- Respond to rudeness with kindness. Think that those people need a “break”. The world will reword you the same someday!