personal development

How To Live Your Life For Yourself

Blackboard with YOUR LIFE MATTERS inscription on black background
Photo by Brett Sayles

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “It is easy to live for other; everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.” We live for others, but not for ourselves. Why is that? Why do we live for others? Why do we allow people to tell us how to live our lives? Why can’t we take charge of our lives? Why do we allow people to treat us badly?

You tell people how to treat you. According to Dr. Phil, “We teach people how to treat us.” If you don’t want people to treat you badly, treat yourself with love and kindness. When you treat yourself with kindness and love, people will treat you with kindness and love. You are in charge of your life. Live what you preach. Show people how you want to be treated. If not, they will take control of your life.

You are in control of your life. To take control of your life, you must listen to yourself, to your inner voice. It is important to listen to your inner voice because you know everything about yourself. You know what you have been through in your life. You know what you don’t know. You know what you want to know. No one knows you better than yourself. Only you can tell the world what is going on inside your head. You know why you are behaving the way you are. You know what you want from life. In other words, you are your own master.

Don’t worry about what other people are thinking about you. You are who you are. To know yourself, you must live for yourself. You must live the life you love to live, not the life that other people want you to live. No matter what, don’t forget yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to your soul. Don’t abuse your soul. Trust yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” To get things done, you must trust yourself. Remember, “You are in control of your car.” Drive safely!