Skeptics and critics are everywhere.
Whether you try and reach higher or aim for an out-of-the-norm life, some people will find a way to criticize your choices and eventually make you doubt yourself.
It might be because, by taking action, you make them realise that they don’t do enough or it could be because you’ve embraced a way of life that they can’t relate to.
Whatever it is, there are ways to prevent them from deterring you on your path.
1. Stay away from critics
While you can’t change what people think, you can definitely choose who you spend time with.
Skeptics are everywhere so the best way to not bath into their negative energy is to avoid them.
If a family member or friend is constantly undermining your life choices then it may be best to stay away from him / her for the time being.
Surrounding yourself with kind, supportive people instead will make reaching your goals a much easier task.
2. Remember that you are not the problem
Before you start questioning yourself, remember that YOU are not the problem.
Skeptics and critics have problems of their own and even if they are unaware of it, there are usually a few reasons why they act this way with you:
- You bring out their own insecurities. You act as a mirror for their failure to thrive in an area or another and that makes them uncomfortable.
- They project their fears onto you. In psychology, this is called displacement. It’s an unconscious defense mechanism. Again it has nothing to do with you.
- Or they are just plain negative and love challenging everything and everyone – which, again, isn’t your fault.
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3. Tune out and follow your own rules
Again, remember that critics are everywhere. There are on social media, at work, they are neighbours, friends and even family members.
And if you listen to them and try to please everyone, your life will be very limited.
You will continuously doubt yourself, which in turn will keep you from reaching your dreams.
The best thing is to tune out from all the noise, establish your own rules and follow them with confidence.
4. Follow your intuition
When you are really in tune with your intuition, you don’t know why but you JUST KNOW. You know what you should be doing, where you should be going and what is best for you.
And that gives you a level of confidence that will make you overcome any adversity.
So reconnect to your intuition and trust your inner guidance system to bring you on the right path.
Tuning out, following your own rules, your intuition and staying away from skeptics is the best way to not let skeptics and critics deter you on your path. Always remember that you don’t need anyone’s permission to make choices that will make you happy, healthy and successful.