’What should I do when my husband/best friend/parent/friends doesn’t believe in my dreams?’
Trust me, I get it. Many people whom I care about and love STILL do not understand what is it that I do.
This happens to all of us. I know you will probably feel a little sad or discouraged, but don’t be disheartened.
Today, I want to share with you 5 strategies that will help you deal with the situation.
(1) Don’t Argue
Often times when your loved ones don’t support your entrepreneurial dream, it is NOT because they don’t believe in you. Most often, it is because they are worrying about you or are just trying to ’protect’ you because they think starting and building your own business is ’risky’.
The ideas of entrepreneurship can be overwhelming to someone who has no experience with these things. They just lack understanding.
Listen to their concerns but don’t feel disheartened.
If you are not living under the same roof with them – you can try to explain your stand, but most of the time, you will be wiser to say nothing more. I choose not to spend my time or energy defending myself to people who do not understand what my vision is.
If you are living under the same roof – it is a little more difficult but, remember, don’t start a war with them! Let them know that it is important for you to at least give your entrepreneurial dreams a try because you don’t want to live your life with regrets. But that’s all – state your point but don’t argue.
Some people will get it over time. Some may never get it and that’s okay – because other people will.
You don’t need to seek approval from everyone in your life.
There is nothing worse than getting in your head over someone who criticises or devalues your vision – These are YOUR dreams, protect them!
Remember, you only live once and life is NOT a dress rehearsal – The only way to show the World who you really are, is to live your life fully and to fulfil all your dreams.
(2) Remember Your WHY AND Believe in Yourself
Remember your WHY!
Your WHY is your fuel and juice for your entrepreneurial journey. It is the WHY that drives your actions. If you don’t already know your WHY, check out my article ’The Most Important Question of All’ (a readers’ favorite) to help you dig deeper.
The bigger your WHY, the easier the HOW.
Often when we are fixated on those who do not understand or support our dreams, it is simply a reflection of us not supporting ourselves.
When we believe in ourselves and our visions, we will notice way less on who doesn’t get it.
Only YOU need to get it. That’s it. YOU. You need to get it for you.
You need to get it. You need to embrace it. You need to believe in it.
YOU need to support yourself, love yourself, and believe in your own dreams and vision!
When that becomes 1000 percent true for you, and you show your belief in your words and in your actions, you will be amazed that people around you will start to believe in you too.
When you support yourself in a BIGGER way – the stars will start to align and the entire world will start to reflect it right back at you.
So believe in yourself and keep going after your dreams!
(3) Be Careful with Who You Are Listening To
If you want to fly a plane, would you listen to someone who has never flew a plane before?
If you want to lose weight, would you listen to someone who is overweight?
If you want to learn to invest, would you listen to investment advice from your broke friends?
You wouldn’t, right?
So why would you listen to people who don’t have the success and lifestyle you want?
Only follow and listen to the advice to those who have the results that you want.
Remember, whoever you are listening to, you are buying into their lifestyle. Choose wisely.
(4) Surround Yourself with Those Who Get it!
’Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.’ Oprah Winfrey.
I make sure that I ALWAYS have a couple of places or people where I know I can go to and be supported.
Join an entrepreneur club, join a master mind group, find a mentor, surround yourself with people who sees your vision and supports your dreams. Always stay close to the campfire!
Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!
(5) Become MASSIVELY Successful
Yup, that’s it. Go after your dreams and become MASSIVELY successful.
Results speak louder than anything.
So be fully committed, take MASSIVE actions and create MASSIVE results!
To your dream stealers and those who have rejected you – Be so good that they can’t ignore you.
To those who love you – your results will show to them that you are committed to your vision and you are capable of succeeding in your business. Even if their egos are too big to come back and let you know that they now support you (or may even be proud of you), at the minimum, you have proven to them that they have nothing to worry about.
So there you have it! My 5 strategies on what to do when people around you don’t support your entrepreneurial dreams. I hope this has added value to you. If you have enjoyed it, please ’like’ it or ’share’ it so that more people can benefit from this. Sharing is caring!
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With lots of love,