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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Get Rid of the Toxic People in Your Life
You know who they are: the nay-sayers, the Negative Nellys, the whiners, and complainers, the list goes on. These people will inevitably pull you down and make your life miserable if you allow them to. Sometimes they are not happy with their own lives, and they don’t want to see you happy if they aren’t. More often than not, toxic people realize that they are not doing all that they can do to reach their greatest potential. So when you mention what you are doing to better yourself, they are the first ones to shoot down your wonderful dreams and aspirations.
Your dreams and aspirations are a reminder to them that they are not living their best life. Some of them are content with being stuck in a rut, and don’t want to do anything about it. Many times, toxic people don’t even know that they have a problem. A toxic person might not be fully aware that he or she is saying or doing things that are hurtful to others.
My advice is to kick toxic folks to the curb, because no amount of prodding or begging them to change will ever work. It would be like fighting for a lost cause. Toxic people come in many shapes, forms, and varieties: friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or complete strangers. You have undoubtedly endured their wrath. Dealing with them for prolonged periods of time will wear you down, sap your energy, and is detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being.
Toxic people are very cunning and will use all types of manipulation tactics to get you to concede to their will. Toxic folks are usually takers, and not givers. They are more than willing to use up your time, money, and resources. Most of the time, they are willing to offer you anything in return.
For example, this person might want to "borrow" money quite frequently, but never have the intention to repay. When the shoe is on the other foot, the person can't be found to lend you a helping hand. Therefore, the best thing to do is to avoid them altogether, or at least minimize your interactions with them. Surround yourself with positive and forward thinking persons, and you will see yourself soar with greater peace of mind.
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