Relax, Nobody’s Judging Your Every Move


Relax, Nobody's Judging Your Every Move

Believe it or not, I used to be a nervous wreck anytime I had to shake a new hand or say hi to someone I didn’t already know.

It was common back in middle school to read books as a class. The teacher would choose someone by random to read a paragraph out loud.

I literally used to pray to a higher power that my teacher wouldn’t pick me. In my mind, the moment I opened my mouth would be when everyone would turn their heads to look at me. Attention from others was the scariest thing in the world back then.

If a stranger so much as looked in my general direction, blood would rush up my face and turn my cheeks bright red. Naturally, I tried to avoid drawing attention to myself or being seen whenever possible.

What it all came down to, though, was the realization that I was behaving this way not because of what others have actually done or said, but because I was making 1,000 assumptions about what they could be thinking.

Say the wrong thing and this person will think I’m an idiot. Walk by that group over there and they’ll snicker at the way I walk or how I smell. Try to make a joke and everyone will think I’m a tool.

These were all thoughts that would cross my mind on a daily basis and kept me in a shell.

Until I realized one day that people aren’t that cruel. Douchebags and assholes do exist, but for the most part, strangers don’t walk around looking to judge others.

All of the worries in my head were imaginary and I was feeding into my own fear based off absolutely nothing.

To prove it to myself, all I had to do was ask myself how often I went around judging others. How often did I ridicule someone for the way they walked or talked?

Close to never (oh come on, we all slip every now and then).

We take social risks each time we establish eye contact, shake a hand, or open our mouths to make a comment, but it’s those risks that allow us to create new friendships and grow them.

It’s how we find best friends and how we go on dates with new people we’re interested in.

Great friendships really are the best thing in life in my opinion. And you already know the best things in life don’t come easy.

No one’s watching your every move and just hoping you mess up so they can point and laugh. To even believe that everyone hangs on your every move is actually a bit conceited, don’t you think?

We’re all worrying about ourselves and how others view us. There’s no time to judge everyone else.

You’ve got this!

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Vincent Nguyen is the author of Self Stairway and founder of Growth Ninja, a digital marketing agency that specializes in Facebook Ads. Voted "Most Guapo" five years in a row (lost during 6th year to a hand model.)

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12 responses to Relax, Nobody’s Judging Your Every Move

  1. Great read. This hit home for me in many ways. Thank you.

  2. Oh my God ,it is so true . We do not live for others . We have to live to the fullest even it is not someone’s business to judge us and vice versa . Other day I posted a video telling the whole world what happened on some particular day ,how some body followed me all the way to my home to recommend his book for XII grade students when I recommended other one which I thought was more suitable and covered so many new illustrations . These people were threatening me as well . But long story short . It is not a big issue ,go with the crowd when required . I changed the book as I thought to be safe is better than recommending a particular book .

  3. Do you believe an essential reason behind our fear and self-consciousness is because we tend to believe we are noticed more than we really are. Also known as spotlight effect, especially due to the growing usage of social media.

    • Yep! Someone actually brought up the spotlight effect a couple weeks ago too! I probably should’ve mentioned it by name at some point, heh.

      • Here’s a question.
        No one is able to satisfy or please everyone in this world, therefore we should prevent ourselves stressing over how people will judge our actions. But what if the people we cared about are judging us? i.e family, friends, etc. People we tend to respect but are not in out shoes nor understand our lifestyle?


        • Doesn’t matter, in my opinion. Love my family to death, but they didn’t understand what I was trying to accomplish when I first started out. Went out and did it anyway.

          Today, my entire mother’s side of the family still has no idea I dropped out of college three years ago and they just found out I own a business two months ago, even though I’ve been running the business for almost 14 months.

          You’ve gotta do what you think will make your life the most satisfying. It’s not up to your family and friends to decide for you. Best they can do is voice their opinions and help you consider points you may not have in the past. Anything beyond that is on you.

          • Agree, tremendously. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
            Will take our words for sure.
            Your accomplishments are formidable and aspiring. Will continue to reference you as an inspiring source to be imitated

  4. Hey Vincent
    You really nailed this. The other truth is every one is so busy worrying that you are judging them, they have no time to judge you.

  5. Yes, people are judging you every second.
    Be perfect or die

  6. This article, like so many others of yours, was both very relatable as well as helpful! Thanks! 🙂

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