What To Do With A Negative Family Member?
This question came in from last week’s Success 2.0 Webcast:
“What can you do if an immediate family member does not share the same positive beliefs as you do? I know the best answer is prayer, but any other suggestions? – Michael
Michael, it can be tough when a family member does not hold the same positive beliefs that you do. As you mentioned, prayer is always the place to start. Like most things of this nature, it is unlikely you can “win” this argument with words. Better is to live out your life so that they want what you have. For me, I focus on what gives me the realistic best chance for success and happiness. And the reality is, when you study successful people they all have an incredible will to keep trying until they make it, and this force of will is based on the hope and expectation that they will succeed.
Ultimately, people need to understand that settling for the lemons life gives them, or determining to make lemonade, is a choice. I love the question that Dad asks, and maybe you can ask your family member this question: “Is there anything in the next few weeks that you can do that will make your personal life, your family life, or your business life worse?” People chuckle when they hear this question because they know the answer is YES. And when they understand they can make things worse, they then have to admit they can make things better, and the choice is theirs.