Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dealing with the Lack of Support from Friends and Family By Marita Kinney

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It’s not uncommon to experience the lack of support from those who are closet to you. In fact we have all experienced it at some point in our career.  Whenever you started your business endeavors you were excited and wanted your loved ones to be also. It doesn’t take long to realize who is truly there to cheer you on. This can be very difficult to accept. The disappointment of support exceptions can become extremely over whelming.  So what do you do?

Once you have discovered your non-supportive family and friends, it’s challenging to prevent it from affecting your relationship with them. Being around them can feel dreadfully awkward. Wherever you’re passionate about your career it’s easy to take offense when others don’t understand your vison. Avoiding these people may seem like the easiest solution, however it may further strain the relationship. I know some of us can cut off relationships rather quickly instead of revaluating where we have placed them in our lives. The reality is that, not all of your family and friends are going to become your customers, clients, or biggest fans.
   
Promoting to a warm market may be okay for some people, but don’t forget that business is business. Identify you’re your target market and spend your energy there. If some of your loved ones have been identified as your targeted market, remember that they still have options and or not obligated to do business with you. Either way, respect their decision. Mixing business and personal relationships can be far more damaging than their lack of support, especially if money is involved.

Entrepreneurs are a rare breed and you cannot expect everyone to understand your way of thinking. Misunderstandings could also be misinterpreted as rejection. If someone chooses not to support you and your endeavors, I encourage you to not take it personal. You must always consider the source. The background of the source is critical.  If you’re doing something that they’re unable to do themselves, often times they will process that as if you cannot do it either. When it comes to business, surround yourself if likeminded people. Discuss business related topics with business savvy people. They can appreciate your creativity and what you have to offer. The time that you spend trying to convince people to believe in you, you could be rerouting that energy towards evolving in your field. 

I have come to understand that people are in your life for different reasons. I have certain friends and family members that I can discuss business with. Whereas others ones I may share another aspect of my life which involves spirituality, family, entertainment, etc.  Your life will go much smoother once you categorize everyone appropriately. However, after doing so, you may realize that some people have no place in your life. Those are the people that you want to reconsider having in your circle of influence. Everyone in our life has a role to play and everyone’s role is not going to involve your business. Please remember this does not mean that they do not love you.


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No Comparison By Trish Morrissette

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How many times have you taken your life and put it against the life of someone else?  How many times have you felt badly about what you don’t have & desired to have or achieve what someone else has?  The harsh reality of this is that if we continue to allow our mind to compare and desire the things that another person has, then we allow a spirit of envy and jealousy to soon take over our hearts.  

A covetous heart is one that is hard and callous.  Instead of the comparisons, use other people’s lives that you admire, as an inspiration to help you accomplish your dreams.  Use it as a motivation to do what you need to do to make some things happen in your very own life.  Those that inspire you had to work to get to where they’re at.  They had to work hard to do what they are doing.  Excuses aren’t accepted, but hard work, dedication, and determination is the key to their success as well as your very own.  The fact is….. there is a uniqueness about them that can’t be replicated by anyone.  

Comparing yourself to someone else is a waste of valued time. Understand that no one can do what you do at the level that you do it.  The question is… have you tapped into what you do extremely well?  Have you challenged yourself to get to that next level or are you happy with where you’re at or what you’re doing?  Let the lives of others be your inspiration and motivation… a stepping stone to your next level.  Again… no one can do what you do at the level that you do it.  Instead of comparing, take notes.  Strategize.  Implement.  Be inspired, but be unique at the same time.  The reality is…..there are others out there who will be looking at YOU for inspiration and motivation.  So take notes, and learn well my friend.  You’re a superstar.  Don’t be intimidated by others.  Be inspired.  Dream bigger.  Go harder. Go higher, and you will soon be admired.  


Connect with Trish Morrissette on Twitter @ladytrishm and to get more information about products and services visit Trish online at professionaltranslations-inc.com