We all have people in our lives – friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances, etc. But there is one universal truth about every single one of them that nobody wants to hear.
They want you to fail.
That’s right, folks. The people in your life that we all like to tout as being our biggest supporters, our unfailing champions, the people who pick us up when we stumble on our journey to success – they want you to fail.
Let me tell you why they want you to fail,
Human beings are imperfect. You know it as well as I do, and even those of us who have been fortunate enough to find success are no different.
Let’s choose an easy example: Say your goal is as simple and personal as deciding to get into better shape. No problem, right? You start telling people around you that you’re doing it, and likely you get one of two things: “Oh, I should do that too!” or “Good for you!” You start hitting the gym, maybe sacrificing that hour or so per weekend you’d spend playing some Call of Duty with your buddies. They’re supportive, it’s great.
Except, eventually, it’s not.
Once you start sacrificing to reach a goal – and make no mistake, some degree of sacrifice is necessary for ANY goal – the negativity will start to creep in from the people around you, and this is for a very simple reason.
Misery loves company.
The people around you, when they see you succeeding, will start to feel lazy in comparison. When you go for a jog instead of having brunch with your friends, there are going to be some mutters around your empty seat. It’s simply inevitable.
Human beings compare – we can’t help it. It’s in our nature to measure ourselves against others, and when we feel we’re falling short, this is where resentment begins to fester. But it is imperative that we set aside that resentment and understand that the people who are outpacing us are blazing a trail, and making it easier – with every step – for us to follow.
But the fact of the matter is… most people simply don’t want to. It’s too much time, too much work, just too much. And so, to make themselves feel better about never trying, they want to bring you down for succeeding where they haven’t been able to.
This mindset is incredibly difficult to overcome, but once you become conscious and aware of it and make that effort, it makes life better for every single person around you. True winners take a lap to cool off after they break the tape. They cheer for the people who are coming in second, third, fourth, fifteenth, and encourage those on the same track behind them to keep going, keep pushing, keep working.
True winners do not throw rocks from the finish line.
So bear this in mind, folks, when you’re stretching for your own marathon. Because whether it’s getting in shape, upping your sales game, or starting your business, it all applies the same.
Misery loves company, and will do just about anything to get it.
Don’t give it to them.
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