We all have aspirations in life to some extent. For some it’s a successful career, becoming a parent, changing an industry, creating a franchise, becoming a world-famous cheese maker. Whatever your dreams are, there are a million cliché lines I could give you about why you should dream big and believe in yourself.
But what if others don’t believe in your dream? What will mom and dad say about my aspirations of putting the first Starbucks on Mars? Will people laugh or joke or tell me I can’t do it? There is a lot at stake for opening yourself up to scrutiny and criticism of others, especially about something that you care about so much.
The truth is, there are many people who love and care about you and who want you to succeed. Unfortunately, not all of those people will be supportive or on-board with your initial ideas, and it’s probably because they know that life is hard and they want to keep you from potential pain and downfalls.
But, it’s important to hear what they have to say.
Take everything in with a grain of salt. Who knows, maybe they see an obstacle you didn’t, and you can work together to find a way around or through it.
The other truth is, so many people will be supportive and helpful to you. But if you keep your dreams to yourself for fear of the naysayers, you may never find your cheerleaders. It’s important to be open with those we love and those who love us.
So what are you waiting for? Take the chance and see what may come of it. You may be pleasantly surprised!