There’s an old adage that says, “we are the sum of the 5 people closest to us.” Who are they for you?

If you’re feeling burned out, stressed, or depressed, are any of your relationships to blame? If they are, you need to start taking steps to create a tribe of supportive people who build you up instead of breaking you down.

How do you do that? No fear, Money Bitches – we’ve got some tips on how to build a supportive tribe that levels up your vibe.

How supportive people can help you succeed

Encouragement from others can give you the motivation you need to stay focused on your goals and continue working hard. Knowing that someone believes in you and is rooting for your success can be a powerful thing.

Supportive personal and business relationships can also offer healthy accountability. When you have someone who will check in with you regularly and make sure you are staying on track, it can be a great motivator.

How can you find a tribe of supportive people who encourage your success?

Finding (or building) a tribe that truly gets you and has your back may seem impossible – especially for all of us introverts out there. However, there are some tried and true ways to find like-minded people.

Look for a mentors or role models who have achieved what you want to achieve. Spending time around these people can help you learn from their experiences and gain their support. Another way to find supportive people is to get involved in social and professional networks where like-minded individuals gather. These groups can provide valuable support and encouragement as you work towards your goals.

Attend local events and meetups related to your interests and career goals. These gatherings offer a great opportunity to connect with others who share your interests and can provide valuable support. Additionally, online communities can be a great resource for finding supportive people. Forums, social media groups, and blogs related to your interests can provide a wealth of information and support.

How negative people can limit you

On the other hand, negativity from others can bring you down and make you doubt yourself. If someone is constantly telling you that you’re not good enough or that you’ll never achieve your goals, it’s easy to start believing them. This kind of thinking can hold you back from taking risks and trying new things.

Negative people can also sap your energy and make it harder to achieve your goals. If you have a negative person in your life, it’s important to keep them at a distance or limit their influence on you. Focus on the positive people in your life who will support and motivate you. It’s important to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and your ability to succeed.

How do I set boundaries with negative people?

A negative person can be draining and frustrating to be around. It is important to set boundaries with them in order to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Some tips for setting boundaries with negative people include:

Limit the amount of time you spend with them. If you don’t want to completely cut them out of your life, try setting a specific day or hour each week where you will be available to them. This will help you protect your time and energy.

Communicate your needs clearly. Let the person know that their negativity is affecting you and make it clear what behavior you will and will not tolerate. If they continue to engage in negative behavior, take steps to distance yourself from them.

Expressing your feelings honestly and directly. It’s important to be honest when you’re telling someone how you feel. You don’t want to hold back or keep your feelings inside. When you’re honest, the other person can understand you better and maybe they will change their behavior.

Establish firm consequences for violating your boundaries. If someone continues to engage in negative behavior after you have communicated your needs to them, it is important to establish consequences. This will help you protect yourself from further harm and will show the person that their behavior is not acceptable.

Some examples of consequences for crossing your boundaries include:

  • Stopping all communication with the person.
  • Removing them from your social media circles.
  • Refusing to spend time with them.
  • Reporting their behavior to a supervisor or authority figure.
  • Ending the relationship altogether.

I know dealing with negative people can be a difficult thing – ESPECIALLY if this person is a family member. But remember, this is YOUR life, sister – you can’t forget to live it on your terms.

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