You’ve probably heard the phrase “dance like there’s nobody watching.” But have you thought about what it’s really saying? Dancing to your favorite song and not caring about rhythm or steps is fun, but it’s clearly so much more than that. The phrase is simply saying that you should live your life without caring about what other people think or say. While in theory it sounds like an easy thing to do, living your life without caring about other people is one of the hardest things to do!
Do you remember when the last time you did something without thinking about what other people may think? It’s understandable if it’s been a while. We easily get caught up in thinking about how our actions or plans for our lives will affect others. And while it’s important to consider other people in some cases (you don’t want to hurt anyone, for example), if you change your plans for your life simply because you’re worried about feeling judged, then you’re living their life, not yours.
We at Be You. Live Big have been life skills coaches for years and we have had dozens of conversations with people about how to live intentionally and without worrying about being judged by others. We know that it takes practice and constant awareness of our thought process in order to create a habit of living your own life, with your own style, your own personality, tastes, hobbies, interests, and passions. If you think you could benefit from working with a life skills coach, we offer a variety of courses that can offer guidance, support, and motivation. View the life skills courses we’re offering and sign up today!
Tips For Living Intentionally
Shop Like Nobody’s Watching
Owning your own style can be difficult when it seems like everyone is shopping at the same places. But wherever your clothes are coming from, if you want to mix a polka dot dress with striped shoes, then go for it! If you want to wear a yellow belt with red pants, own it! If you want to wear a black t-shirt with black jeans, don’t think twice about it. The clothes you put on are a direct reflection of your tastes and personality, and that is nothing to be ashamed of! So create a wardrobe that you love just because it makes you happy, not because it’s what’s in style.
Plan Your Saturday Like Nobody’s Watching
This can be especially challenging when you have a family or are in a relationship and you’re trying to work around their schedule. But when you’re planning for the weekend, be sure to remind yourself that weekends are for you too! Not just your family. If you want to go on a hike, spend a few hours doing an art project, or if you simply want to take the day to read a good book, do it! It makes sense sometimes to plan your day and to see how others can fit into it, rather than the other way around.
Laugh Like Nobody’s Watching
So many times when we’re watching a movie, a TV show at home, or having a conversation with someone, we only laugh when other people do. If you think something is funny, laugh away! What’s stopping you? No one needs to give you permission to live your life in the way you want to live it.
Express Yourself Like Nobody’s Watching
If you go to lunch with a group of friends and a hot topic comes up, it’s easy to just give in and go with the flow of conversation because you don’t want to be “that” person who has “that” opinion. But what is “that”? You deserve to have an opinion and to express it openly. Just be mindful that you’re being respectful to other people’s feelings. But never be afraid to express how you feel!
Spend Time on Hobbies Like Nobody’s Watching
Do you like stamp collecting? Do you like bird watching? Knitting? Writing? Singing? Gardening? Whatever your hobbies are, pursue them passionately! Hobbies can be incredibly powerful ways to express your interests and personality and make up so much of what our life purpose is. Don’t neglect your hobbies because they may seem “weird” to other people.
Living intentionally and “dancing like nobody’s watching” may be easier said than done. But with some encouragement from a life skills coach, you can live a life that you truly love and that truly reflects YOU! Live it!
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