So there you are, all jacked up about your newest business idea, venture, or milestone and riding the high that comes with it all when you go to tell someone and are met with an eye roll, a deafening silence, or worst of all that I-actually-think-this-is-a-stupid-idea-but-you-seem-excited-and-I-don’t-want-to-stomp-all-over-your-dreams-so-I’ll-just-pretend-to-care forced look of excitement.

I hate that look. The good news is there are some easy ways to deal with the naysayers in your life.

#1 Don’t Play the Victim of Naysayers

Now we’re not saying you’re trying to play the victim here, but here’s what you need to realize: None of these people are actually making you feel this way. Instead, it’s you allowing them and their thoughts to have an affect on you.

So instead of taking things to heart, start taking stock of who is in your life and what role you want them to play.

#2 Understand Their Motivation

For the most part, our family and friends want the very best for us, so when they start harping on us it’s usually out of love and concern. If you can start re-framing their negativity for love and concern it will not only make it easier for you to take, but you’ll start to understand their motivation better.

#3 Re-Evaluate Your Relationships

One thing we know to be true about this lifestyle is different people will respond in different ways, which will ultimately affect  your relationship in one way or another. See each and every relationship has it’s time—some last a lifetime, while others fade away as you grow into different people.  And that’s okay. You just have to figure out which relationships benefit you and which drain you of energy. Want to shake up your unsupportive supporter’s life and really give them something to talk about?

If you are in the process of transitioning into a more freedom-based lifestyle business (like affiliate marketing, e-commerce, or managing a personal brand) or you’re currently living it, you know that it can be quite common for some people to not really “get it”.

You know who I’m talking about. The ones who innocently wonder “What are you going to do if this doesn’t work out?” or worry “Can you even make money doing this?”.

Yeah, those ones. They can drain your energy, zap your motivation, and make you question if you’re actually on the right path.

Don’t let these naysayers drag you down.

Do you have any unsupportive “supporters” in your life and if so, how do you deal with them? We’d love to hear about your experiences, please comment below…

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