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As we step into a new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the importance of being true to ourselves and free ourselves from the expectations of others.

Many of us have spent years conforming to others’ expectations, but this can be limiting, holding us back from living the life we desire.

In this article, we’ll explore how the pressure to be who others want you to be can be a major impediment and discuss strategies for breaking free from this trap as you embark on a journey to be who you want to be in 2024.

The Burden of Being Who Others Want You to Be

  1. Loss of Identity: When you constantly conform to others’ expectations, you may lose sight of who you truly are and what you genuinely want in life.
  2. Living for Others: Putting others’ desires and expectations before your own can be exhausting and prevent you from pursuing your own dreams and passions.
  3. Regret and Unfulfillment: Over time, the regret and sense of unfulfillment that stem from not being true to yourself can lead to a life filled with what-ifs and missed opportunities.

Breaking Free from the Expectations of Others

  1. Self-Reflection: Take time to reflect on your values, interests, and aspirations. Understand what truly matters to you and what you want to achieve in 2024.
  2. Set Authentic Resolutions: Instead of setting resolutions based on societal or external pressures, create goals and resolutions that resonate with your soul. Focus on your desires and dreams.
  3. Learn to Say No: Practice setting boundaries and saying no when others’ expectations conflict with your own goals and values. It’s essential to prioritize your well-being and aspirations.
  4. Let People Think and Feel How They Want: Let people think whatever they think. It isn’t about you anyway. It’s about them. Let them feel how they want to feel. It’s okay if they feel disappointed – their emotions aren’t your responsibility.
  5. Choose Your People: Choose to build relationships with people who love and accept you as you are. If someone doesn’t have the ability to love you, that isn’t on you. Find people with the ability to love you as you are.

The Lie Of Living For Others

One of the reasons we conform to other’s expectations is our desire to be loved. We ALL want to be loved.

But this reason is a lie.

Being who someone else wants you to be so, they will love you prevents you from being loved – because the real you is nowhere to be found and, therefore, cannot be loved.

In other words – when you do something you don’t want to do so that somebody else will love, you take away that possibility from yourself. You are making sure they cannot love you because the real you didn’t show up to be loved.

Questions To Consider

  • Where are you doing or being something because of someone else’s expectations?
  • What will it take to let them think whatever they think?
  • What will it take to let them feel disappointed, hurt, etc?
  • Why aren’t you allowing yourself to be who you want to be?


Embracing who you are and being who you want to be is a powerful resolution for the new year.

Recognize that the burden of living up to others’ expectations can hold you back from realizing your full potential and finding true fulfillment.

Break free from this trap by reflecting on your values, setting authentic resolutions, learning to say no when necessary, letting people judge you, and surrounding yourself with supportive people who encourage you to be you.

As you embark on this journey, remember that being unapologetically you is the key to a fulfilling and satisfying year ahead.

Live Free. Love Life.

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