One thing I consistently hear from people pursuing their goals and dreams is the astonishment that people react negatively towards their lifestyle changes. Those people may be some you considered very close and loyal friends. Perhaps the negativity comes from others not understanding your aspirations, or they are jealous of your motivation and drive. Regardless, the negative comments can hurt and actually hinder progress. Some people are unaware at how cutting and spiteful their words may be.
I have numerous friends on various goal paths of their life. Their goals range from obtaining their doctorate to owning a home to receiving a promotion at work. Even on these paths they run into negativity and put downs at some point. Everyone at some point in their life has received a put down or been through a time of negativity when trying to get to where you want to be. It’s not fair, it simply is a matter of overcoming these things.
You must first remember that this is your life, your choices, and your goals. Just because someone else doesn’t agree with your choices doesn’t make them a bad person, but it should give you some insight on what type of relationship you truly have with them. If you’re able to explain where you’re coming from and come to an understanding, you more than likely have a true friend. If a friend simply does not want to understand and continues with their negativity, I would guess they aren’t being a true, loyal friend. I’ve had to distance myself from several people over the past 3 years because my goals made no sense to them. It hurts, but it is your life and you only have one life to live. You have to make the most out of it and you have to remember that your time is limited. Why not spend it with those that are backing you up 100%?
Fitmark Ambassador 2013