This past weekend, I heard a nasty rumor. What happened was a friend of mine got a call about a rumor, and I was there when the call came in. Without going into detail, the rumor was that a highly successful person had been caught in an embarrassing situation, the nature of which would lead to public humiliation and personal devastation.
Sounds awful doesn’t it?
Well, you’d think so, but the person spreading the news was as giddy as a kid on Christmas Eve.
The rumor ended up fizzling out in short order, as most rumors do, but the bad taste in my mouth over this incident lingered. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get over someone experiencing such abundant joy over the whiff of a possibility that a hardworking, successful person faced certain ruin.
I think the real reason it hung with me for so long though was that deep down I know there are a lot more dream snatchers out there than I care to admit.
But it’s true.
There are people who will rejoice if I fail.
And there are people will rejoice if you fail too.
Don’t think so? Look around.
The dream snatchers are the ones trying to keep you down by:
– Telling you no one ever makes any money online.
– Calling you crazy when you voice your intent to leave your steady job.
– Listing all the people they know who’ve failed at blogging or in other self-employment endeavors.
– Sabotaging your creative time with constant interruptions and an endless river of drama.
– Pointing out all the ways your blog doesn’t measure up to the “professional” blogs.
Then, when you do experience success with your blog, the dream snatchers will try and take you down by:
– Passing on a negative comment they overheard about you or your blog.
– Dispensing steady doses of gloomy forecasts for your niche.
– Telling others success has gone to your head.
– Reminding you that other blogs in your niche still get more traffic than yours.
– Starting or spreading rumors about you.
Dream snatchers are out there all right. They’re living near you or maybe even with you. And that’s a fact of life.
So . . . how DO you handle a dream snatcher?
You recognize them. You let them own their negative energy. AND YOU KEEP WORKING!!!
Your turn. Have you encountered any dream snatchers? What’s your strategy for handling them?
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