Vampires, time wasters, whiners, energy leaks, drains - whatever you call them they are in your life and they are stopping you from being as fantastic as you can be. Danielle Laporte shares a great message on her blog today about what they do to you over time.
"Every time you make REPEATED contact with aggravating tasks and situations, you make a conscious or unconscious choice to endure (the root of the word endure is 'to suffer',) and to settle with less-than-ideal. This kind of aggravation triggers resentment and bad ju-ju. We direct our pissed-off vibe outward, (Damn landlord needs to fix this lock.) Or inward, (These too tight pants are what I get for being so lazy.) And in doing so, we affirm any feelings of helplessness and overwhelm that are floating in our consciousness. And a little bit of our energy zipples out of our sails."
In business, we know when that certain salesperson walks through the door, that same whining customer, or that employee that always has something to nitpick... we know that they are stopping us from doing the work we need to do. I know that it can be hard to shut them up, stop them short, or change their direction. Trust me. I struggle with this too - people love to share the same damn story over and over without ever changing anything.
But they are wasting your time.
Time that is fleeting actually. And as a friend said to me today we can make our own personal heaven on earth or we can make our own hell. We decide. So, make a list of the 5 people who are completely draining you of accomplishing what you need accomplished. Then think about or even write how you are going to turn that around. You might have a sentence you develop that basically says, that you don't have time for that right now or you might drastically cut them out of your life.
Whatever it is, make a commitment to yourself that you will make a change. You have good work to be done!