Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever been on the receiving end of some good old well-meaning advice? It seems no matter what you’re trying to accomplish, there is always someone in your life who is there on the front lines ready to give their opinion. It could be a parent or friend letting you know that you should have never quit your good job to follow your dream of launching a business…in this economy. Or a colleague telling you that your way of doing it is good, but they would have done it a totally different way…a more streamlined way.
And then there are those just starting out in careers who seem to look for a little extra reassurance. This is normal since everyone tends to get a little nervous early in a career path.
But sometimes this well-meaning advice can make you second guess yourself and how you are doing things in your business or career.
Why do people feel the need to do this? Some people actually are being helpful and worry about your best interest. No one wants to see someone struggle even if there is a big payoff in the end. For others…sometimes watching you jump through your fears and follow your dreams can remind them of how stuck they are in their life and no one likes to be reminded of this. It takes a lot of courage to follow your dreams…whatever they may be! Remember…at the end of the day, it’s about you and your belief in yourself.
“If our core belief is based on what other people think, then we eventually will allow their opinions to become our reality.” ~ D.L. Johnson
No matter who is stepping up to offer you well-meaning advice…here are three tips to help you deal with it.
- Always know your “why”! Why did you start your business? Why did you go to law school? Your why is what inspires and motivates you to keep going…no matter what the obstacle.
- Trust your gut! You know what you need to do. Just follow through with your strategic plan of action. Don’t let any well-meaning advice derail or delay you from reaching your goals.
- Limit Negative People! The people you spend your time with really DO affect how you feel and think, so spend your time with like-minded people who are positive and upbeat.
This week, spend some time remembering your why, then get your journal out and visualize it. Make the picture bigger than you. Have a great week!
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The words you choose to communicate how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking and your beliefs have a huge impact on your life, so make sure you’re always communicating in a positive way. ~ Julie Barnes