How to Handle Approval Syndrome

How to Handle Approval


We live in a world where most of the decisions we take is based on external factors-What will people say? This is a common question we ask ourselves or sometimes people around us. Many of us are guilty of this (including me).

How then do we handle approval syndrome?

How do we learn to live beyond people’s expectations towards us? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should act irresponsibly or take decisions without being sensitive to the feelings of the other people around us. Many times we tend to build our lives solely on people’s approval forgetting that they are equally as imperfect as we are. Some of them may be battling with low self-esteem and the only way to feel better off is to belittle the people around them.

Never give anyone that power over you. You are unique, so you its normal if you see things differently from the way they do.

As my good friend and colleague keeps saying when issues like this come up- people will always say what they want to say. As long as you are doing the right thing, it shouldn’t bother you.

People who mind don’t matter and people who matter don’t mind. Don’t let people decide who you should or shouldn’t be.

Don’t give people power over your life. Dream freely. Take those giant steps. Be yourself. Do something good with your life. You don’t have to be someone else just to be accepted. Never lower your standard for people to fit in.

Have a great week!


Chinyelu Adum is a blend of several traits- fun lover, fashion enthusiast, picture freak, a creative content writer and SEO consultant.

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