Avoiding Negative People on the Road to Success

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Success can be, and probably is, something different to each one of us.
But the road traveled to reach that success, whatever it is to you, will most likely be a long journey.
This journey will have sharp curves, narrow shoulders, deep ruts and possibly even some dead ends.
Some of these hazards will be people; unfortunately, they'll often be family members and friends.
Your determination for success will get you there, but how do you avoid the negative people who will make the trip more difficult? The most difficult part of avoiding negative people is first being able to identify who they are.
And then you must identify why they are being negative.
Some people are negative because they are jealous.
You've determined what you want out of life and you're on the road to achieve it.
You're moving forward and leaving them behind.
Whether they are family members or friends, their jealousy makes them want you to stay put - they don't want you to leave them! They will find ways to hold you back.
Some will appear as if they're comforting you when you're having a rough day or days.
When you're really struggling, their (what seems to be) empathy or sympathy might really be their way of encouraging to "stop all this" and be who you used to be when you were happy with the mediocre.
Encouraging you to take time off of your goal, to not expect so much of yourself or to "try again" some other time.
All of these are ploys to keep you where you are.
Often this is because they fear they are losing you and leaving them behind.
Others might not want you to succeed because they want to get there first.
The more they hold you back, the more opportunity for them to achieve their success first.
How do you avoid them? You don't have to tell them to leave you alone.
But you can spend more time with others - those who truly want you to succeed.
By spending more time with them, you'll have less time for the negativity carriers.
As you grow, and become more successful, this will become an automatic transition for you and for those who enjoy negativity.
They will seek each other out because that's where they have a comfort level.
There is one other person you'll probably run into from time to time who is negative.
That person is you.
Watch for this, and immediately address it.
See how far you've come, revisit your plan and remember the ultimate outcome you are driving towards.
Avoid the negativity, and your road to success will have fewer bumps, twists and turns.
And before you know it, you'll have reached your destination.
Just in time to plan your next adventure!
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