Want to learn how to stop judging others and yourself? Your path to forgiveness and inner peace starts with these nine healthy ways. Read on to find out more.
In this article:
- Don’t Waste All Your Energy on Righteous Judgment
- Create a Vision of Yourself, for Yourself
- Try to Have Compassion for the People Who Try to Bring You Down
- Assess Who Is Worthy of Your Attention
- Avoid Blamers
- Be Open to Other People’s Opinions About You
- Picture Others as Someone You Truly Care About
- Control Your Thoughts
- Choose to Move Forward, Towards Peace
9 Principles You Can Live By To Stop Judging Others
Why Do People Judge Others?
Too many times, you pass on judgment inside your head without knowing how your words can pierce others. You spend time forming opinions that you forget to pause, to seek the truth first.
People judge others as a habit because of a multitude of factors.
Sometimes, it is because of their insecurities others have intersected. Sometimes, the reason would be the things people want but can’t have.
Telling you to stop judging others is easier said than done. But with these nine habits, you can master your own thoughts and emotions.
1. Don’t Waste All Your Energy on Righteous Judgment
Did you know your brain uses around 20% of the total energy your body burns every day? So, can you just imagine if you spend all that energy hating and thinking about people’s lives?
You can choose to spend your precious energy on negativity and gossiping.
Or, you can use it to strategize and organize your days. You can also read books and write 10 ideas per week.
The decision will be up to you.
Just remember, once you spend energy on something, you’ll lose energy that could have been used for another task, so choose wisely.
2. Create a Vision of Yourself, for Yourself
One way to effectively stop judging others is to create a vision on how to better yourself.
You can list down all the things you want to achieve, and work on them one by one. Start with the small things you can do every day.
You have to stick with this vision and make a home for it inside your head. By doing this, you can shift your priorities on things that actually drive your life forward.
If you spend time resenting and judging others, then you’ll fall and be trapped in the spiral of hate and gossip vortex.
And before you know it, you’ll be the kind of person who judges other people’s lives all the time. It’s a toxic trait that stops you from setting your own direction.
Focus on things that’ll improve yourself. Stop reacting and responding to everyone else.
3. Try to Have Compassion for the People Who Try to Bring You Down
Sometimes when you have unique ideas, other people will see you as a threat. And, if you’re perceived as a threat, then they might judge you and make you a target for hate.
When you find yourself being perceived as a threat, remember to practice compassion.
Instead of asking yourself over and over again why other people judge and try to bring you down, remember to focus on your well-being.
In most cases, you can’t change how others feel towards you. But what’s important is that you have a strong sense of self, regardless of how they judge you.
4. Assess Who Is Worthy of Your Attention
One crucial rule of thumb that will help you stop judging others is managing your energy well. To do this, always bear in mind that not everyone deserves your attention.
It’s unavoidable that some people talk about you negatively and act all mighty around you.
But, always remember, you should not let everything get under your skin. Otherwise, you’ll feel drained and your mental health will suffer.
If you respond all the time to everyone who tries to judge and attack you, they win. In turn, you’ll also be negatively affected if you absorb all the negativity they hurl at you.
5. Avoid Blamers
When you feel stuck in life, sometimes it’s easier to blame somebody else than to look within ourselves.
Blamers are people who have the habit of always giving unwarranted judgment and putting the blame on others.
When you meet people who are blamers, ask yourself these questions:
- How do I stay open and emotionally stable to proceed with my relationship a blamer?
- Am I willing to invest energy in helping them correct their blaming habits?
- How can I avoid internalizing this person’s negativity?
If these blamers don’t stop, remember you always have the option to burn bridges.
6. Be Open to Other People’s Opinions About You
Judging can be a manifestation of anger. And sometimes, anger is a sign of fear.
This is because anger is a form of self-defense people use as a response to fear. When people are threatened, they get scared, then feel angry.
When people judge you, you may feel angry and defensive. This also makes you less objective, so you won’t be able to see things from their perspective.
When someone is judging you, remember to pause and look deeper within yourself. You can ask yourself the following questions:
- Can they be right about their judgment? Am I wrong about how I am thinking about them?
- Is there something that I can pick up from their judgment to improve myself and my thoughts?
Perhaps, other people can see something about you that you haven’t noticed yet. And instead of getting angry, you can use what they say to reflect on your behavior and improve yourself.
7. Picture Others as Someone You Truly Care About
When you find others judging you, ask yourself this question – what are they afraid of? When people are judged or criticized, remember that their anger is just fear in a mask.
So when you find people judging you, think about the possible reasons why they’re scared.
Maybe they are afraid you will be given more credit. Maybe they are thinking your ideas will take down theirs.
One way to manage your emotions is to picture every person as if they’re someone you truly care about, whether it’s your significant other, a sibling, or your child.
Doing this would help you become more compassionate towards difficult people.
8. Control Your Thoughts
You are the average of the five people you are with every day. But, in reality, a wise person is also the average of the five people he/she thinks about every day.
You can choose to fill your mind with thoughts of people who are truly worthy of your attention. Or, you can be preoccupied with human beings you always criticize and drown in negativity.
The choice is all up to you, but if you want to forgive and achieve inner peace, you will want to choose the former.
9. Choose to Move Forward, Towards Peace
Lastly, one effective way to stop judging others is to choose to move forward and forgive. And, when dealing with conflict, sometimes, bridges have to be burned.
The family and friends you grew up with may not be the people who still matter in your last days on Earth.
But, as much as it hurts, you can always choose to forgive and move forward in the direction of inner peace. Drop the negative thoughts.
Focus on the things in your life that matter, and be excited about them. Through this, you can stop judging and set yourself free.
Learning how to stop judging others and oneself is a journey that would lead to inner peace and freedom. It requires challenging one’s values and strengthening your sense of self.
But, through these nine tips, hopefully, you can overcome judging others and yourself. And hopefully, you can achieve inner peace.
Having an understanding of why we shouldn’t judge others goes a long way to helping us stop.
Having a lack of information is one of the most evident reasons why we shouldn’t judge others.
Have you been in a situation where you’ve judged someone and then afterward found out more information about them, leaving you feeling guilty. You will never know all the facts or the whole story when it comes to most situations, so don’t make that judgment, because you just don’t know the truth.
The thing about people is…everyone is different. What you like, others may not. Art, food, music, fashion, hobbies – they are all subjective. People should never be judged based on their own preferences. Think about how you’d feel if someone was critically judging your favorite pastime.
No doubt, you’ve heard the command based on the words of Jesus, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” You will truly never know a person’s individual journey, what they have been through in life, their experiences, influences, and distresses. Even if you have an idea, everyone is different, so people are entitled to act differently or have their own opinions. Don’t judge others, because you wouldn’t like it back.
Appearances are, most often than not, deceiving. Whether in a good or bad way, making a judgment based on the way a person looks is something we’ve all done. The proverb tells us not to make this mistake, so next time you meet someone new, look past their appearance.
Paulo Coelho said, “We can never judge the lives of others because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. So judge less, accept more, and restore your happiness”.
Do you have tips on how you stop judging people? Share them below!
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