Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
OUCH, that hurts.
Sometimes the closest people to you are the ones that stop you from achieving greatness in your life. You go to them, full of excitement, to tell them all the great things that you want to do in life. You expect to hear wonderful words of encouragement and support from your close friends and family, only to be met with doubts and fear. Yikes!
This is where it is so important to stand tall, explain how much you've learned over the years, thank them for their concern, and well...keep it movin'.
They may not be saying these things to purposely hurt or discourage you, but they don't want you to fail or get hurt. So, to stop you from getting hurt down the road they try to stop you at the beginning.
Still, others may try to tell you why it can't be done and how there are many obstacles in the way that can't be moved. They look at who you are currently and don't see the greatness that's hidden on the inside.
Don't let these people stop you from reaching your greatness.
1. Protect Your Dream.
Whenever you have a burning desire to do something great in life, it is very hard to not tell everyone you know. You assume that everyone will be just as excited about it as you are. Minimize naysayers in your life by not telling everyone. You will probably still have negative people, but a few naysayers are better than a ton of them.
2. Hang around with Eagles.
If you want to do great things in life you need to be around others that have done great things. If you are always around people who have never accomplished anything, and never want to accomplish anything great, it will be hard for you to do it yourself. Successful people are more likely to help you in any way they can, even that only means encouragement.
3. Get A Coach Or A Mentor.
Who do you know? Find someone that has done something similar to what you want to do and have them mentor you. Keep this in mind, they are probably very busy and may not have any interest in coaching or training anyone. Don't let that stop you. If they can't or won't, keep looking until you find someone who will. Bring something to the table for them as well. You need to give to get.
4. Fail forward.
You may not have had huge successes yet. Otherwise, you probably wouldn't be reading this. If you have tried things in the past and are still working on improving, knowing your strengths, educating yourself where needed; then you've got a leg up on everyone else. Well, at least last year's you. Remember, when you see folks who have success, it did not happen overnight.
This quote from Thomas Edison says it all, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Naysayers will always try to remind you of your past failures or inadequacies. Keep improving yourself and keep growing. Learn from your past but don't let it stop you from having a great future. You are the deciding factor on how great your life is going to be. DON'T let your past dictate your future.
If you want to do something great with your life, you have got to be your own best friend and biggest cheerleader. Practice these four keys and you will be able to overcome the naysayers.
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