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Naysayer Assclownery: How To Overcome Negativity From Others

How Important Is A Naysayer

Does a naysayer have any control over your athletic performance? They will if you allow them to.


It is one of the reasons I started this blog.

Torre Derroche, founder of The Fearful Adventurer wrote an outstanding post called, When People Don't Support Your Dreams.

I definitely recommend reading it. There will always be a naysayer pulling against you. It doesn't mean you have to listen to them.

Deroche, stated it best,

“If you have a solid, well-considered life dream that you’re driven to accomplish, you’ll probably want to share it with friends, family and co-workers. You’ll want to come out of the closet with your grandiose dream. Some will pat you on the back and say, “GO FOR IT,” but there’s always one person who gets off on taking a dump in your happiness sandwich”.

I can relate to elite, beginner, local and national class athletes. Regardless of ability level, everyone experiences negativity from others.

You are always in control of your thoughts and attitude

You have to believe in yourself. My first running mentor came in my collegiate coach, Jack Hazen.

Coach Hazen has been at Malone University now for 52 years. We didn't always see eye to eye on training methods but one thing coach Hazen did instill in me is to believe in myself.

A naysayer has no control over you or your future success. It is you that will give them power if you choose to.

Closing Thoughts

A naysayer will take the time to leave a bad comment on a blog or video. In addition, they will take time out of their day to belittle someone else. It is a waste of your time to focus on them.

Focus on what you can control and disregard the rest. A naysayer likes negativity and being unprofessional. Their environment supports their assclownery.

Do the opposite. Associate with winners. Invest in self-development and always be searching how to be better as an athlete and professional.

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