What gets to me the most is when friends disrespect me. It irritates me when friends don’t act the way I expect them to and I end up having to appease them just so they can have their way.
That really angers me and it can bother me for days as the negative thoughts just dwell in my head.
I’ve always wondered why this bothers me so much. I even justify it. I mean, it’s normal right? Who likes it when friends don’t live up to your expectations?
I have every right to be upset…
… Until I kept meeting other people who seemed invincible to this aspect of life.
Yep I’ve met them.
This is not to say this is just about other friends telling me to simply “chill out” or “relax and let it go”. I have actual friends who are completely immune to being affected by friends. It really amazed me because deep down, this thing seriously bothered me to a point I was seeking help for it!
Have you ever felt like this before?
Have you encountered a group of people who were wildly affected by something or someone when it seemed totally normal and no big deal to you at all?
See, I get annoyed by friends. But I’m NEVER affected by comments from the internet. I never take part in trolling or flaming, and it makes me wonder why some people keep taking part in that nonsense online all the time.
So then I thought, “If I can feel this major sense of ease when it comes to online hate, I’m sure others feel the same when it comes to being annoyed by friends in person”.
And since then, I always used the idea of projecting my emotions and thoughts for a more positive life.
How to use projection to feel more positive
- Think of what deeply affects others, but not you.
- Focus on the feeling of ease.
- Project that feeling of ease of others onto yourself.
- Finally, project this in every situation.
Think about it. This is where you put yourself in others’ shoes about what hurts them. Think up all sorts of different examples from different people. Write them down.
Personally, I think it’s ridiculous to be affected by comments online. What’s yours? Getting pissed off on the road by lousy drivers? Getting hurt by girls who brush you aside?
Now, as ridiculous as you think it is, think of the feeling of bliss you have over this. Then, go back to what bothers you. Do you now know then that there’re many people actually wonder why you get so upset over it? They have that ease over you and the situation, that ease you feel yourself too… just in other areas. What’s the difference? Why does one affect you and not the other?
This is where you get to know that it’s actually not that big a deal. If others can have a good control over it, so can you.
Now, project yourself outwards. Every time you feel a sense of negativity or have a negative thought, think of how others are never affected by it. Think of the possibility of feeling happy EASILY. Think of how, despite being unique individuals, we all have the same ability to be happy.
Keep going outwards. Don’t dwell on it and go inwards and try to analyze why you’re unhappy. Doing so would only serve to make you more unhappy, as if it’s an ironic, self-fulfilling prophecy.
Move out, and move on.
For whatever situation that makes you upset, angry or unhappy, realize that at the end of the day, it’s only a feeling. Others definitely cannot empathize with you completely, but why not put a twist on it and aim to be happy, since others already are?
Again, it’s only a feeling.
Keep projecting outwards and think of how for whatever situation you’re in, someone out there doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Let go, it’s OK. Then, you can truly relax and be happy.
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