Whether you’re working for someone else, are an aspiring entrepreneur, or have already created a business that provides value, and are content with the way things are and happy with how you spend your time, you still care about your family and friends’ opinion about what you do.
It’s human nature to need support, even though we are powerful beyond measure and have so much potential within, and even though we’re determined and on the right path.
Others around us still affect us with their judgment, and if they’re negative about what we do for a living, we can’t have peace of mind.
If that sounds familiar, what should you do? How do we deal with the negativity and lack of support from the important individuals in our life? How do we turn this around and let it become a driving force on our way to success? Here are some ways:
1. Make them familiar with the big picture.
Chances are, the people in your surroundings aren’t sure what your goals are and how what you’re doing now will shape you as a person, will brighten your future and will make the world a better place. So go tell them today!
Talk openly about your business, say why you’re passionate about that in particular, tell them how you feel when you do what you love, encourage them to find their passion too, and make sure you let them know how this is one of the best ways to contribute to the world.
2. Be alright with rejection.
Rejection is part of life. Everyone is walking their own path, and most often it’s completely different from yours. So I say accept their journey and respect it. Know that they may not always understand yours, and that’s okay. They still care about you and that’s all that matters.
3. Keep your why in mind.
Never let their negativity make you give up on what you believe in.
It’s one of your missions in life to be an entrepreneur, to find people’s pain and offer them a solution with your product or service.
Keep your vision alive in daily life, don’t listen to the naysayers and know that this is exactly what you’re supposed to do.
4. Let go of expectations.
The only way to be disappointed by what others feel about your career trajectory is to expect them to be there for you and show support.
But what if you let go of any expectations? What if you just leave the illusions of how you want them to react behind and accept whatever they have to say? Things will be much simpler.
Don’t complicate life by trying to please everyone, to change them, or else. Let go of that and keep doing what you do.
5. See the hidden signs.
Look at things from another perspective and you won’t be bothered by what others think about you and your life anymore.
Realize that by being negative, they show traits of their personality, and often it has nothing to do with you. They’re judging you, and that shows insecurity. Most often, they are having deeper issues of their own. Once you accept that, you’ll send nothing but peace and love to them even if they aren’t supportive.
Others shouldn’t be an obstacle on your way to creating a profitable business, or working the job you enjoy the most. Try one of these 5 ways of dealing with the negativity from friends and family today, and replace the doubts and anxiety with freedom and contentment.
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