As you begin to change your way of thinking and become more successful, you will see changes in your relationships.
Some changes will be good, and some will not.
We all have those people in our lives that seem to relish our failures and diminish our successes. While it is great to have someone to commiserate with us when things are not going well, we need to also have some cheerleaders on our side.
My good friends, Stevie Knight and Anna Maria Alongi (Pictured above) are great examples of TRUE friends. These ladies have always been my biggest cheerleaders.
I am also a lucky woman because my family has always been entrepreneurial and so of course, they cheered me.
However, I don’t think that’s the ‘norm’ in most people’s lives.
There are more people in the world that bring us down than uplift us. Maybe that is why Oprah has been so popular over the years. She is so genuinely unique in that she truly takes joy in seeing others find happiness and reach their goals.
When you start to share your dreams with a friend and they are negative about what you’re setting out to do, really listen to what he or she is saying. Maybe you can glean some insight as to where the doom and gloom is coming from.
- Is he/she jealous of your new success because it makes him/her feel inferior? Believe it or not, some people are fearful that if you succeed, they won’t matter anymore.
- Is he/she truly ignorant on the how a home based business is run? Many only see others fail AND they hear things about it being a scam. You need to let them know that you would never be involved in a scam and the public is widely misinformed about things such as network marketing. You can refer then to Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosawki for some education. Most people know who they are and respect them and their success.
- Is he/she feeling that you are drifting away from them and spending less time with them? If that is the case, make more of an effort to get your friend involved in your life. Even at your busiest times, it is important that you maintain contact with your friend.
A Tough Call
If this is a person you want to keep in your life, help to build him/her up. Steer the conversation in a different direction, and let the person know what qualities he/she has that are valuable to you.
If this doesn’t work, it’s not your responsibility and it’s not your reason to quit on yourself!
Unfortunately, some friendships may simply not work out. If you find yourself being drained of energy every time you interact with a particular friend, it may be time to move on. As you continue on your path of personal development, you will attract the kind of relationships that will sustain you in both good and bad times.
My best friends have come from our paths crossing while on my entrepreneurial journey. You will find that to be true for yourself.
Why is that?
Because you have a likeness of mind, you understand the business, you speak the same language, you experience the same challenges and you celebrate each other’s successes. It’s pretty amazing.
Find friends and partners that will give you the constructive criticism you need and the positive reinforcement you deserve. Mixing friendships and network marketing or other business ventures can be tricky, but whatever you do, don’t allow them to get in the way of you achieving your goals and dreams and the lifestyle you want.
Let me know what I can do for you in your entrepreneurial and lifestyle journey.
Have an awesome day!
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