It's so easy to spend energy, time and money supporting celebrities... people we don't know. Yet for some reason many of us struggle or even avoid doing the same for people we know, and love, who are working hard to build a life and a future... Why is that?
It is often our family and friends who are the least supportive... they say it's because they don't want us to make a mistake, or they are worried for us, or they just want to make sure we are doing the right thing... Sometimes it's not overt, they just poopoo our ideas, question the legitimacy of our product, service or sector.
Use words they don't even understand, like pyramid selling. All in the name of 'protecting you'.
The reality is they aren't really concerned about you! Even though they may not realise it themselves. They are concerned about what your success will say about them... because they weren't prepared to do what you are doing...because they weren't prepared to make the sacrifices you have had to, or put the hours in that you do or step way out of their comfort zone, as you have done.
By holding you back it keeps them from having to confront that not only do you deserve every success you achieve, it was absolutely down to you. And THEY could have done that too.
If you are not being supported by the people around you remember, it says much more about them, your friends and family, than it does about you!! Surround yourself with people who support you and support those around you back. You aren't responsible for other people's insecurities.
You don't have to disown unsupportive friends and family. But you can choose not to engage with them about business matters or enter into discussions.
Once you understand why the people who you believed would 'should' be the most supportive, aren't, let go of their opinions. Waste no more time or energy on them when it comes to building your business . Waste no time trying to convince them or change their minds.
Go forth and build your business and your success. Focus all of your energy there.
When you keep going, some of your closest friends and family will grow to support you, in their own time and in their own way. However, some will never change. That's not your problem...
Michelle Turner-Davidson is a speaker, trainer and mentor specialising in developing people and teams and taking the fear, hype and struggle out of network marketing.
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