Some people are so fixed in seeing the negative side of things that they leave an empty space for positive things to grow. People like this inhabit our families, work environments, and social circles. It could be emotionally draining just being around them, and you must be really careful because their negative attitude and opinions are poisonous and contagious. When the mind is cluttered with negativity, happiness is hard to come by.
One thing you should understand is that you can’t live a positive life around negative people; therefore, you need to ignore these people and move on from them when you must. However, letting go of negative people doesn’t mean you hate them, or that you wish them harm; it just means you care more about your well-being. Because every time you subtract negativities from your life, you make room for positivity.
Here are seven such people you might need to put on your ignore list:
- The Stubborn Ones Who Insists You Should Be Someone Else
In the long run, it’s always better to be disrespected for who you are than respected for whom you are not. In fact, the only relationships that work well are the ones that make you a better person without changing you into someone other than yourself, and without preventing you from outgrowing the person you used to be.
- The inner critic
The inner critic is inside ‘YOU’. Unrelenting self-criticism often goes hand in hand with unhappiness and anxiety, and it’s completely unjustified. There is no reason to be your own biggest critic – to harp on yourself about your shortcomings. All you really need is the courage to be yourself. Your real value is rooted in who you are, not who you aren’t.
- The Hopelessly Hostile Drama Queen
Some people love to stir up controversy and drama for no apparent reason. Don’t buy into their propaganda. Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own. Simply keep your composure and replace the stink of confrontation with the fragrance of resolution.
- The Person You Have Failed to Please A Hundred Times Before
Some people are just so impossible to please. You will not be able to break through to them no matter what you do. Accept this harsh reality as a fact of life. Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval, nor make any space in your heart to hate them.
- The Unforgiving Friend Who Refuses to Forgive You For Your Mistakes
The most honorable thing is not to never make mistakes, but to admit to them when you do make them, and then to follow through and do your best to make the wrong things right. Mistakes are part of growing. They are a natural part of every worthwhile endeavor.
- The Nay-Sayers Who Always Dumps On your Dreams
Stop giving credit to those who discredit your dreams. These people are punishing your potentials by slowly extinguishing your inner flame with their watered-down vision of what you are capable of achieving. If you give in and let their negativity convince you of who you are, their madness will wither you away. You will lose track of where their opinion ends and your reality begins. Their fiction will become your life’s story.
- The Manipulator
Beware of manipulators or bullies, who try to use their negativity to intimidate and manipulate your thoughts. If you observe them from a distance, you will realize that these people are often overly self-referential. In other words, the people around them (YOU) fit into their plan simply based on how they can be used or manipulated for their own personal gain.
When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, criticize you and generally resist the truth about who you are, remember, they’re telling you their own sad story, not yours. They’re dumping their own doubts into the air. Ignore them!