Here's How You Can Stop Living Your Life For Everyone Else And Start Living For You - And Only You

True happiness only comes when we start listening to our authentic selves.

How To Live Your Best Life And Find Happiness By Forming Your Own Opinion And Not Being A People Pleaser Avel Chuklanov via Unsplash

By Shreyasi Debnath

As social beings, it often gets difficult for us to stay secluded on our own.

All of us are in some way or another interconnected to the people around us.

Our families, friends, colleagues, and partners constantly influence our actions, the decisions we take, and also, our outlook towards the world.

In such a critically interrelated situation, retaining our uniqueness and claiming our own life is a bit difficult.


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People are always trying to “squeeze in” the societal norms, because going along with the crowd is easier than swimming against the stream.

To retain originality, one has to speak up for oneself, instead of suppressing one’s fullest and truest expression.


What often holds us back from going against the wishes of our close ones and following our heart is the strength individuality takes.

There's no doubt that it is a wonderful feeling to have our dear ones help us make decisions in our life and show us direction when we feel lost, but it is also necessary to know that your happiness is not dependent on any form of validation or approval of others.

You can function on your own, just as you are.

The first step to owning your life is to start respecting your own opinion and knowing that it is the first and last thing that actually matters.

Here are the four reasons why there is nothing more significant than your own opinion.


1. You rule your life

We often believe that letting others rule our life makes us more admirable and understood.

What are you ultimately doing to yourself? You are giving control of your life to another person.

Sometimes, compromising one’s own utmost wishes, dreams, and ambitions will help you bag a lot of appreciation.

But, does this get you to fulfill your dreams? No.

Ask yourself which is your priority, your own happiness or their temporary appreciation?

Letting others turn the wheel of your life might leave you feeling secluded at some point in life when these very people will abandon you.

Claim your life and your desires as your own and fight for it until the last breath.


Listen to your gut instincts while you decide for yourself.

Your mind and body know what’s best for you, not others.

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2. Learning opportunity

When does a failure hurt the most? When the path to your failure was decided by you.

Sticking to your own opinion teaches you the ability to take accountability for your own actions in life.

It teaches you that others are not responsible for whatever circumstances you put yourself in.

You achieve and become successful, and it is the result of your own efforts and your choice of direction.

You fail and you have no option to blame others for your choices.

Learning to follow through with your own opinions and ideas in life helps you attain individuality.


It helps you be self-reliant.

Others might influence you today with their thought process, but sooner or later, you will have to be confident enough to decide for yourself.

Once you act on your choices, you also acquire a clear idea about your potential and your shortcomings and invest time in improving yourself if you feel the need to.

This way, the next time you won’t find yourself lost in the sea of other people’s opinions.

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3. You know yourself the best

There will be times when you will come across close people in your life who will claim that they know you better than you know yourself.


Don’t trust them.

They partially do know you, but not as intricately as you do.

Accepting their opinion is the easiest gateway, because you not only make them happy, but also expend less energy on thinking yourself through.

But, it is only preparing you for future disasters.

You can only regret your choices in the future. You can in no way rectify the same.

Think for yourself; do others know every single detail about you?

Knowing what your limits are, your boundaries are, your value system is, what pushes your buttons, and what makes you uncomfortable is only known to you, not to others.

To enjoy the best outcomes of your decisions, you must always give importance to your own opinions.


4. Other people’s opinions are based on their own value system

You should not pay heed to other people’s opinions, because of the simple reason that they have a different value system.

Other people’s opinions are based on their distinct, unique life experiences, their ideologies, and value systems.

Their mindset might not align with yours and hence, will never be the best for you.


Don’t be fooled by other people’s declaration that they have wisdom or that they have a similar experience.

They don’t, as every single person’s experience is apparently discrete.

Many people will only project their own insecurities in their opinions and take undue advantage out of your gullibility.

A lot of them will ask you to compromise your deepest wishes and desires to follow what makes others happy.

And they themselves will invariably fall in this “others” category.

Take this, for example, if someone close to you asks you to stay stuck in your comfort zone, which might visibly seem to be a piece of helpful advice, however this will eventually mean downplaying your abilities and undermine your chances of self-empowerment.


Their opinion will rarely be helpful for you, as they do not know what you need and desire from your life.

Letting go of the opinions of others and following your heart for your own sake takes courage, because not many of us have learned to love ourselves before we love others.

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Shreyasi Debnath is a writer who focuses on self-love, self-care, and relationships. For more of her self-love content, visit her author profile on The Mind's Journal.