I can honestly say that over the course of my life I have struggled with my confidence. I used to put a lot of stock into what other people thought of me.
Unlike a lot of my peers in high school though I didn't dress or style my hair because I wanted others to approve of me or to envy me. I wanted the people that I loved and respected to think highly of me. I wanted to earn their respect in return.
As an adult I made certain decisions and choices based on whether or not others would approve. I really stressed myself out thinking about how others would view me and the things I did and said.
Now I make decisions based on what I deem is best. I choose what I think is right. Now I only have myself to blame when I fall short and I can credit myself when I succeed.