True mentors are undoubtedly going to correct you as you move along the path of your business growth. They WANT you to grow and become a better version of yourself so you can continue to move on to bigger successes. That means sometimes you’re going to hear things that are going to make you stretch a bit to get what they’re trying to teach.
But what of the naysayers? Surely you’ve experienced them as well. No matter what you say or do they are there to criticize you or poke fun at you when things don’t go as planned. There’s a big difference between the two and it’s not hard to separate who is who.
The naysayers want you to sting for a couple of reasons, the biggest being that they are jealous that you’ve found the courage to step out of your comfort zone and work for something bigger. They probably want the same things as you but aren’t willing to put in the work.
They could even be friends or family that could be doing the criticizing. Whoever it is doing it probably doesn’t like the changes you’re making because that means they have to change how they see you and as humans we don’t always deal well with change.
So what do you do in these circumstances? You’ve got a few options.
- You can listen to them and not pursue your goals. Most people do this and there isn’t anything wrong with this so long as you also understand you are not allowed to complain about how things turn out.
- You can argue with them and keep going if you like. It will get frustrating and uncomfortable after a while, but it’s an option.
- You can stop spending so much time around those people. Particularly if there are family obligations you might not be able to complete remove yourself from them. Just don’t go as often and don’t stay as long.
- You can cut them out completely. Perhaps it’s associates that you’ve worked with or been around that don’t see the same way you do. As harsh as it might sound, we don’t have to maintain every single relationship we have and if it’s dragging you down, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate which ones are hurting you instead of helping you.
Whatever you choose, it’s most important to remember that your goals are YOUR goals and it’s okay to want to see them through. Stay true to yourself, your goals, and always remember this phrase:
The dogs are barking, but the train is moving on.
The dogs can be as loud as they want, but how could they possibly stop a big train from moving forward, even if it’s just barely started?
Be the train. Keep moving forward. Even if you’re moving slow you’re still moving faster than the critics sitting on the sideline in comfy chair sipping their drinks while you’re getting your hustle on.
You’ve got this, and make it a fantastic weekend!