What are the stories in your head about what you are capable of?  Maybe your parents told you that you’d never get a real job in the arts.  Or a friend might have said that you weren’t very smart.  Maybe a boyfriend from years ago told you that your legs weren’t long enough.  Or you might have learned from your upbringing that there is never enough money to go around.

All these things are thoughts that you may have turned into beliefs by thinking they are true.  They are not facts, they are opinions.  So why let someone else’s opinion of you or of your life stop you from being the best you can be?

As American minister and author Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

When a negative or self-defeating thought comes into your head, dismiss it.  Fill your head with positive things about yourself and what you want.  Then take action towards making those thoughts a reality every single day.  You create your own road map.

Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist and poet said, “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Don’t base your life on what other people think.  Create a life you love based on the thoughts of the only person who matters… you.