It takes practice to stop caring what others think of you, just like a meditation or yoga practice. Changing your habits takes consistent effort and they will not happen overnight.
You might feel awkward or silly at first, you may even feel some humiliation. But that's OK, it won't kill you. Most people will only give you a passing moment of attention and then quickly forget about you and what you did or said.
- First: Start doing what you want, taking the steps you must in order to achieve your dreams and goals.
- Second: Ask yourself if the decision you are making or action you are taking is truly what you want or because you think someone else expects it of you or it will impress them.
- Third: Don't be affected by social pressure, only do what feels right to you.
- Fourth: Stop looking to others for guidance, look within yourself to find the best decisions for you and go with your gut.
Remember to practice everyday and to go through your everyday with your desires at the forefront, value yourself.
Some words of caution: Not caring what others think does not give license to be thoughtless or hurtful toward others via words and actions. If what you think or want to do is something that will cause pain, then it's best kept to yourself.
Dance with abandon!