Feeling judged by others is one of the most hurtful things we can feel as a human being. Sometimes, without thought or notice, we judge people as a reflection of what we feel or think about ourselves.
However, what we don’t realize is that once we stop being judgmental, we free ourselves from the negative emotions preventing us from living a happy and fulfilled life.
So, if you find yourself constantly judging others, have you ever stopped and considered why? Is it out of habit? Perhaps jealousy? Or is it an unconscious behavior?
Regardless of the reason, focusing on the negative in someone only breeds negativity in you. Once you stop focusing on the flaws in someone else, you can start empathizing and even start appreciating other people’s qualities, opening yourself up to all the great things they have to offer.
If you’re ready to stop judging and start living, consider these 5 good reasons to do so right now!
1. Judging others is often a reflection of the judgement you place on yourself.
If you think about it, every time you criticize someone or gossip about them, it’s usually in the areas where you feel the weakest or that you most dislike about yourself.
If you’re able to see their “flaws”, it’s most probably because you can recognize them in yourself.
For instance, you see a mother who can’t control her kids running around, so you judge her for struggling with her kids and you walk away upset at her for being a “bad mother”…
When in reality, what you might be doing is judging another mother who appears to be struggling more than you.
As Earl Nightingale once said: “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
Do you agree?
2. You can’t appreciate other people when you’re constantly judging them.
Now, what if this struggling mother I mentioned earlier was your friend, your co-worker, or even a relative?
Has it ever occurred to you that she might be a wonderful person and by walking away or judging her, you’re not appreciating the great human being she really is and what she has to offer?
And what’s worse, you could be making assumptions about that person without trying to understand her situation.
Which leads me to reason #3…
3. It blocks your spiritual growth.
You see, every time you choose to judge other people’s “flaws”, you’re forgetting about their frustration and pain.
Will Smith once said, “Because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are better at hiding it than others.”
And every time you focus on your frustration and pain, you become self-absorbed and you block your spiritual growth, you stop evolving as a person, or even worse…
4. It stops the flow of abundance.
When you judge others, you lower your vibration, and therefore you shut yourself down from receiving abundance and prosperity from the universe.
Next time you find yourself judging someone by their appearance or situation, ask yourself why. This gives room to really think about your thoughts and emotions before letting them get the best of you.
In a recent post from Tiny Buddha, I found this awesome reminder: “In judgement, there’s an element of dissatisfaction with the way things are and a desire to have things be the way we want them to be.”
When we stop being judgmental, we start appreciating people and things for what they are; we start living in the present moment and we can simply enjoy life and be happy :)
So next time you catch yourself criticizing someone, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, try finding out what subconscious limiting beliefs are implanted in you that may be blocking your spiritual growth, abundance and success.
And before I go, did you know that some limiting beliefs begin in your childhood and stay with you for the rest of your life?
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And if you have any other good reasons to stop judging others, please share them with our community in the comment box below :)
*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on December 11th, 2017 to include the latest information for our readers.
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.