How to Deal With Someone Close Who Is Unsupportive

JMFS 018 Video Thumb - UnsupportiveHow do you deal with a spouse, family member or close friend is isn’t supportive of your efforts to reach a goal? Dealing with an unsupportive spouse, partner, family member or friend can be very emotionally draining. It’s easy to say “Just ignore them and press on,” but the reality is that we often can’t ignore them specifically because they do play an important role in our lives.

Having an emotionally unsupportive husband or wife, friend, etc., can make things exceptionally difficult in several ways. They can distract you from the actions that you need to take to reach your goal. They can drain you emotionally and wound your confidence with negative comments expressing disbelief or worthlessness of your vision. They may even be well-meaning, saying things like, “Are you sure this is a smart thing to do? It’d be safer to just keep your job than start a new business. Most business fail, you know. I don’t want to see you get hurt.”

So how does one deal with an unsupportive partner or other significant person in one’s life?

An article in, suggests three things to help mitigate a lack of support from family members. First, don’t argue because you’ll turn people off from seeing your side at all. Second, recognize authentic friendships so you associate with those who genuinely want you to succeed. Lastly, dig deep and let the important people in your life know that your goal is important and by not pursuing it you will live with regret (something most everyone can relate to).

These are great ideas but I prefer an even more direct approach. To get right to the point of it, if we can get that person to see our vision – to see what it is we’re trying to do and why – it can be a real game-changer. Sharing our vision with others can have several possible outcomes.

To find out my thoughts about sharing your vision check out the video.

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