We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a business we’re excited to start or a relationship we know we must end, we finally have the clarity and courage about some major element in our lives and we reach a point where the possibilities after the change excite us more than our fear of the change itself.

So we start telling friends and family our grand plans genuinely expecting to hear things like, “I know you can do it” and “I’ve been waiting for you to see your own worth!”

Instead, som of the people we trusted to have our backs surprise us with messages like, “I don’t think you have the right background,” or “do you have any idea how hard this is going to be?!”

Let me introduce you to, what I like to call, the “unintentional bullies” in your life. They don’t mean to hurt you, in fact, they think they’re being helpful but you walk away feeling beaten down and doubtful after talking to them, then struggle to have faith in yourself, your dream and especially your own Truth (with a capital T).

These conversations also make you a lot less likely to seek support from them or anyone else during a time that you really need it the most. There is hope, however, and luckily for both of you a little understanding goes a long way.

3 Types of Unintentional Bullies You May Know:

The Nurturer
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