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Feb. 5, 2022 – While you may crave approval, it’s important to remember that another person’s opinions are just that — someone’s highly subjective, personal opinions. Their input may not be neutral. Their opinions about you or your work, if it is not objective, may be influenced by personal biases or circumstances that may have nothing to do with you. So this may manifest in behavior or opinions that are more of a reflection of what’s going on in their world than an objective portrait of you. This may sound like a cliche, but your happiness should generally come from within and the only person who has control over it is you. In other words, you shouldn’t be overly dependent on external praise or approval to feel good about yourself. Focus more on cultivating internal standards for yourself and holding yourself accountable to those. Then, you can celebrate your achievements from a place of intentional choice.