A man went to a fortuneteller who looked into a crystal ball and said, “You will be poor and unhappy until you are 45 years old.”
“Then what will happen?” the man asked hopefully.
“Then, you’ll get used to it,” she replied.
Face it. There are lots of fortunetellers out there who will predict nothing but doom and gloom for you. To guarantee that their prophecies come true and that they can say, “I told you so,” they may even try to sabotage your success.
These people may be your relatives, business associates, friends or even loved ones. But, regardless of what role they have in your life, you must tune them out and keep your eye on the goal.
If you listen to them, they’ll plant seeds of doubt that will erode your confidence level. You’ll start thinking you’re too short, too tall, too uneducated, too old, too young. You’re the wrong sex or nationality. You don’t know the right people, don’t have enough money, don’t mingle with the proper crowd. They’ll convince you that you shouldn’t get your hopes up too high; that you need luck to succeed and that you’re unlucky.
Forget them! Don’t listen. Instead, identify your doomsayers. And, if they won’t change and begin to encourage and support you, then get them out of your life or at least out of your head. Otherwise, like the man at the beginning of the story, you, too, may envision a poor and unhappy future.
Myers Barnes Associates, Inc.