Have you ever tried discussing your vision to those closest to you like your family or your partner perhaps? And while you are excitedly explaining to them your plans about leaving your job and starting a new business venture all you hear are cricket sounds because for some reason your family doesn’t think it’s a good idea?
This is the reality of entrepreneurs who would go above and beyond in pursuing their passion. Sometimes no matter how great a vision looks like or how groundbreaking a dream may sound like unfortunately for some, they don’t see it the way you do. While you are envisioning a booming business your family may look at it as an unstable and unsure undertaking. How we feel about something may not resonate the same way to those close to us.
So today I want to help you understand why people don’t support you before you get upset and post quotes and memes about loyalty on your Facebook page.
One of the reasons why they don’t support you is because they don’t want to lose you. So don’t lash out on them when you can’t feel their enthusiasm. Try to understand that these people love you and they are afraid of losing you. They might be used to hearing from you everyday through a phone call and they are afraid that because of your new venture you won’t be able to call them in the same regularity as before. Your family just wants to hold on to what they are familiar with.
Here’s what you can do:
Communicate with them very well. Make them understand that you are doing this because this is what you want. Make them realise that this is not a spur-of-the-moment decision and that you are not being reckless. Make them see that you are following your passion.
Your family doesn’t want to see you fail. They want you to succeed but they are unsure of the unfamiliar that is why it takes a while before you can feel their support but as long as you communicate they will come around.
Understand that their being unsupportive comes from a caring place. They do not know your industry and they do not understand what your passion is. So when they don’t support you don’t lash out on them. Learn to empathise from where they are coming from because most of the time the people who don’t support you are the people who care about you the most and they just want to protect you.
Here’s what you can do:
Reassure them that you’ve thought about this a lot and that you’ve calculated the risks and that this is truly what you want to do with your life. If it doesn’t work out, what’s the worst thing that can happen? Tell them that you can always get another job if it doesn’t play out as planned.
To make it easier for you both, bring them along on your journey so they will see what’s going on and what’s going to happen.
If you want to know more about these things I am happy to offer a 30-minute FREE Discovery Session with you where we can talk about anything and everything about your life and your business. We can talk more in depth about your fears, your story and your struggles within that thirty minutes and guess what, yes it is absolutely free! You can contact me via my website www.sharonjurdevents.com.au/contact-us/ or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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