This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
I was visiting with some friends who are very much in the lack mentality. For instance my friend prides herself on how she only buys her clothes on sale or at Goodwill because it saves her so much money or constantly is telling me how much she paid for something. I find myself either biting my tongue to share my new insights with her or judging her. She is a close friend and I don't get to see her often, but how do you respond to people who have different beliefs than you?
Thanks for the great question!
I know first hand that this is a question that many people struggle with.
The first rule of thumb is that you should always surround yourself with people who are of like mind and goals. There is some truth to the old saying; “You are a product of the five closest people in your lives”.
The second thing I’d like to point out is that if you’re not verbally disagreeing with your friend, her lack beliefs are seeping into your subconscious.
Have you ever spent time with them, and then suddenly found yourself slipping back into lack thoughts and decisions, not even realizing it until you caught yourself days later?
And the third point here is that your friends aren’t asking you to help them change, therefore, it’s not your place to “set them straight.” They have the right to believe whatever they want, and if it bothers you, it’s your responsibility to make the choice to accept them, or to limit your time with them.
Usually when I get this question, I ask, “How is the relationship serving you?” I think this is something you may want to take a look at.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “A relationship is for a reason, season or a lifetime.”
It may be time for you to spend less time with these dear friends, and focus on making new friendships that support your ideals and growth.
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