There are times when I have to check in with myself, just to make sure that I am continuing to keep pushing towards achieving the goals I have set out for myself; but more importantly, make sure that I am not shifting into the mindset of doing things out of the validation of others, instead of doing things because it is something that I truly love to do.
As people, it becomes easy to fall into the trap of doing things because someone else wants us to, or doing things to gain the approval of others (more often, our close friends and family for example). Most times, we look to them more for their rallying support of your decisions, but sometimes it turns into them wanting to validate your decisions.
What you have to remember, is you have the right to live the best life you can; no matter who understands it or accepts it. There are things that I never thought I would accomplish in life, but one thing I told myself is that I wouldn’t wait for anyone’s approval or permission to do the things that I wanted to do with my life or with my creative goals. I also didn’t let anyone’s opinion of what they felt about it hinder my decision on what I chose to do with my life.
Sometimes, it’s worth taking the chance on yourself and bringing your goals and visions to life before someone else does, and not waiting for other people to give you the permission to say it’s ok. You have to ask yourself,
“who’s approval am I seeking in this journey towards my success?”
The only answer to this question should be your own. If you find yourself seeking someone else’s approval in your journey towards your success, it may be time to re-evaluate the confidence you possess for yourself and your ability to achieve that goal and also eliminating those who only expect you to live your life by seeking their approval and living through their idea of validation.