Don’t Take Anything Personally

Dont Take Anything PersonallyIf you have read Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements”, “Don’t Take Anything Personally” is the second agreement he encourages us to adopt. He explains:“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

I believe that it all comes back to your relationship with yourself. If you truly accept and love yourself – your mind, your body, your soul – then nothing anyone else says can hurt you. If someone says you are too big or too short, it doesn’t matter – because you know you are perfect the way you are. If someone says that you are stupid, clumsy, too much, inconsiderate, or too different, it doesn’t matter – because you know that there is nothing wrong with you and you love yourself the way you are. The only reason something hurts us is if we believe that it is true.

But if we think that we are perfect the way we are, how will we grow and continue to develop? And aren’t we all imperfect and have “flaws?” Yes, of course we all have things that we may want to work on. And that’s ok. But don’t hold out on loving yourself, just because you haven’t reached a certain ideal yet. If we love ourselves, it doesn’t mean that we stop to grow. It actually makes it easier to change because we are being compassionate with ourselves and are using positive reinforcement as opposed to criticizing and blaming ourselves and using negative reinforcement. (Find out more about self-compassion in Self-Judgment or Self-Compassion?)

So I invite you to continue to practice loving yourself, so you don’t take things personally. If someone says something to you and you notice that you are starting to take it personally, take a deep breath and be kind to yourself. What are you believing that makes you take this personally? That you are not good enough, not perfect, not a good Mom, or not a good person? Be kind and compassionate with yourself. It’s ok. We are all perfectly imperfect. You are still a good person. You are still loved. ♥ 

If you find yourself stuck in resentment and want to learn how to get past it, read: Taking Self-Responsibility.


Manuela is helping smart and creative women be happier with themselves and their lives! Visit Manuela’s Website for Professional Life Coaching and Personal Growth Workshops.


  1. Beth F. says:

    I love this piece & couldn’t resist quoting you on FB. Thank you for reminding us of what’s important & empowering us to do more:)

  2. Manuela says:

    Thank you, Beth! I am so glad this resonated with you. And I feel very honored to be quoted by you. 😉 Writing this helps me remember what’s important as well.


Follow Manuela Pauer

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers