Navigating Negativity: What Others Say About You Is Their Business
A lesson we learn more about at each stage of life is undoubtedly true—everyone’s different. Some people prefer the 8-to-5 world, and some are happy making their own schedule, travelling the world, building teams and inspiring people to live up to their purpose.
Criticism from strangers usually holds less weight, but how do you let the words “roll off” when they’re spoken by family, friends or coworkers?
First, it’s important to recognize that perceptions are based on experiences, fears and personal views. Your value and the value of your business do not depend upon the absolute approval of others. Below, you’ll find a few suggestions for dealing with the negativity of others:
1)Remember Your Accomplishments
Whether your accomplishments come in the form of exponential business growth, a singular impact or a flexible schedule, they mean something to you and serve as both catalysts from motivation and reminders of why you’re pursuing the business you are. Write down three accomplishments that mean the most to you. Condense the concept into one word, and repeat these when you find yourself discouraged over someone’s opinion.
2)Remember Your Goals
Take the same steps with you goals that you did with your accomplishments. Your business can take you there!
3)Share With a Mentor
Talking with someone who has been working their business longer can always give you a better outlook and offer practical tips for handling these types of situations.
4)Remember You Can Always Grow
You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t know that. Your business’ potential growth is vast. Often negative comments are entirely unfounded and not applicable. However, what if there’s something in one of those comments that could help your business explode? Look for those opportunities in other people’s negativity.