Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Sometimes the closest people to you are the ones that stop you form achieving greatness in your life. You go to them, full of excitement, to tell them all the great things that you want to do in life. Instead of hearing the support and encouragement from your friends and family, you hear words of doubt and fear.
They may not be saying these things to purposely hurt or discourage you, but they dont want you to fail or get hurt. So, to stop you from getting hurt down the road they try to stop you at the beginning.
Still, others may try to tell you why it cant be done and how there are many obstacles in the way that cant be moved. They look at who you are currently and dont see the greatness thats hidden on the inside.
Dont let these people stop you from reaching your greatness. Here are 4 ways to overcome the naysayers.
1. Protect Your Dream.
Whenever you have a burning desire to do something great in life, its very hard to not tell everyone you know. You just assume that everyone will be just as excited about it as you are. Minimize the amount of naysayers in your life by not telling everyone. You will probably still have people who are negative, but a few naysayers are better than a ton of them.
2. Surround Yourself With Greatness.
If you want to do great things in life you need to be around others that have done great things. Im sure you have heard the saying Success breeds success. If you are always around people who have never accomplished anything, and never want to accomplish anything great, it will be hard for you to do it yourself. Successful people will help you understand how to overcome the obstacles that you will face. Which leads me to the next point.
3. Get A Coach Or A Mentor.
If a professional sports team wants to be the best, they hire a coach to help get them there. If they dont have a coach that can encourage them, train them, guide them, and give them a good kick in the backside when needed, they will never become a great team. Find someone that has done something similar to what you want to do and have them mentor you. Keep this in mind, they are probably very busy and may not have any interest in coaching or training anyone. Dont let that stop you. If they cant or wont, keep looking until you find someone who will. Also, bring something to the table for them as well. You need to give to get.
4. Your Past Doesnt Dictate Your Future.
You may not have a successful life but that doesnt mean you cant have a successful future. Naysayers will always try to remind you of your past failures or inadequacies. Keep improving yourself and keep growing. Learn from your past but dont let it stop you from having a great future. If there is something that you need to change in your life in order to achieve success, then change it. You are the deciding factor on how great your life is going to be. DONT let your past dictate your future.
If you want to do something great with your life, there will always be someone there to tell you that it cant be done. Practice these four keys and you will be able to overcome the naysayers.