“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
~ Ray Goforth
What this quotes means to business
I’m a firm believer that everyone was born with at least one gift to give to the world. Therefore, I cannot believe that anyone is powerless to make a difference. The difference you make may be big, or it may be small … but you can … and will … make a difference.
That said, sometimes people don’t make as big a difference as they were meant to because they held themselves back. This is sometimes caused by nay-sayers in their lives. They fall for the nay-saying.
The thing is, most nay-sayers are saying “Nay!” because they are afraid to do what you want to do and want to protect you from harm. Or because they are afraid you will be successful and your success will somehow reflect badly on them or cause them some sort of harm.
Many loved ones will mistakenly hold you back because they love you and want you to be safe. Hear them out, take precautions, but do what you are called to do anyway.
Don’t let the safety of the status quo keep you from being the brilliant person you are. Playing it safe doesn’t do great things. Can you imagine what would have happened if Christopher Columbus had bought into the mistaken thinking of his nay-sayers?
Sometimes the nay-sayers in your life are really just trying to protect themselves. They fear that your success could:
- Make them look bad
- Take you away from them
- Push their “I’m not playing big enough” button
These people are trying to keep you where you are because it is more comfortable for them … and it has nothing to do with you and what you are capable of.
Most of the time, the protectors and self-protectors in your life don’t even know that’s what they are doing. They are unconscious. So don’t hold it against them. Send them love and boldly go into your brilliant future.
Now its your turn
How do you handle the nay-sayers in your life? Have you had to cut someone off because they were stubborn in holding you back? Have you healed a rift created by doing your own thing anyway? Do you have advice on how to handle these types of situations? Please share your wisdom and/or story in a comment below.