I frequently fall into the trap of forming a perception of myself that is built upon the way others perceive me. However, with time, I have learnt that this is just not the best of ideas.
How others perceive me also depends on them and I am not (fully) responsible for how they perceive me, so why let them have control over how I perceive myself?
Sure, we are social beings, so naturally my perception of others and the impact I have on them is an important thing to consider, but my self-identity shouldn’t be based entirely on who other people think I am or what they think I do or what they expect from me.
I am the only person that can fully determine who I am, what I do and what I stand for.