6 Ways to Deal with Naysayers Who Try to Crush Your Goals

Taking a leap of faith for yourself is an already daunting and challenging path.
Naysayers or Negative Nancy’s only make the journey that much more difficult. You
do not need their pessimism, nor do you have to deal with it. There are several ways
to deal with these individuals so you can move past them and crush your goals.

  1. Distance Yourself from the Negative
    If possible, put space between those individuals and your goals. Continually
    listening to doubt will eventually manifest into challenging yourself. If you
    cannot distance yourself from a naysayer, have an honest conversation with
    them. Explain that you don’t have to have their support, but their
    discouragement is not welcome. Be polite but firm.
  2. Bolster Yourself with Support
    Once you have pushed away the negative, bring in the support. Surrounding
    yourself with people that believe in your goals will allow you to be yourself and
    unapologetically go after what you want. The support you receive from others
    will act as reassurance on the path you are taking, and they will help pick you
    up when times are tough.
  3. No Justification Necessary
    You do not have to justify yourself, your goals, or the path you are taking to
    anyone. Everyone is different, no two people live identical lives or achieve their
    goals in the same ways. If someone questions you, simply say, “This is what I
    choose.”
  4. Don’t Share
    If you know someone you will need to be around think you are crazy for going
    after your goal in a big way, don’t give them ammunition. Avoid talking about
    your plans around them. If they try to bring it up, take the conversation another
    direction.
  5. Turn Doubt into Motivation
    If someone doubts you, use their doubt as motivation. Maybe that means
    making a wager or promising yourself that you’ll prove him or her wrong. Either
    way, do not let the uncertainty of others weigh you down. Most likely, what they
    think really doesn’t matter.
  6. Embrace Solitude and Reflection
    Keeping up the hustle to achieve your goals can be a lonely path sometimes.
    Give yourself downtime to reflect on your goals, how far you have come, and
    reevaluate your plan of action. This quiet time will also fill your cup and let new
    ideas and motivation form.

Naysayers are everywhere in life. They are in your family, at work, and maybe even
your friend group. This does not mean that you need to spend your life working
within the parameters of their beliefs. You can move beyond their negativity and
crush your goals with relentless willpower.

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