Throughout life, we’ve all encountered toxic, difficult people. Whether it’s a pessimistic family member, a friend who does not respect your boundaries, or a manipulative employee, their presence in your life is unavoidable.
Having to deal with toxic people on a regular basis can be dangerous to your health and well-being and can also be damaging to your business.
Being an entrepreneur is hard work and I am sure you take pride in the way you manage your business, so having a bad egg as part of your team is the last thing you need. It is impossible to trust this person. You do not know if they are 100% in it, or if they are treating your customers right. And if they are creating a problematic work environment? It could drive good customers or team members away.
Their damage is subtle and can have you questioning your ‘over-reactiveness’, your ‘oversensitivity’, and your ‘tendency to misinterpret’ every situation. If you find yourself constantly wondering if you’re the one who’s continually hurt or the one who needs to adjust your own behavior to avoid being hurt, then chances are that it’s not you and it’s very much them.
How do you identify toxic people in your life?
- They make you feel emotionally exhausted after every encounter
- They try to intimidate you to get their way
- They try to control you by guilt-tripping you
- They are easily jealous of your achievements
- They constantly see themselves as a victim
- They give backhanded compliments
- They’re overly defensive
Toxic people are cancer in your business and anywhere in your life. Being able to spot their harmful behavior is the first step to minimizing the impact they have on your life.
You might not be able to change what they do, but you can work on changing your response to these behaviors and what you do with them, so they don’t get away with it anymore.
How do you get rid of all the bad eggs in your basket?
- Let them know how you feel. It is not about owning them an explanation. It is about not keeping your feelings bottled up.
- Put some distance between you and them. You may want to completely end the relationship.
- Set hard boundaries. And keep them.
- Avoid being pulled into a crisis. There’s a good chance that this is just a ploy to get you back into their life.
- Surround yourself with positive, nicer people. Spend your time with the ones who love and support you unconditionally.
- Forgive, but don’t forget. It is who they are and sometimes they do not know better. Accept that, and move on.
Always keep in mind that you are building your dream business. You are building your family’s legacy. You are making sacrifices and working incredibly hard to achieve your goals. But, in order to do that, you must surround yourself with positive people. People who love and support you. Family, friends, co-workers, and team members who will always be in your corner.
All it takes is one bad egg to ruin it for everybody. Be aware of that and distance yourself and your business from that toxic environment. Do not let those bad eggs interfere with your long-term plan, and the overall strategy and growth of your business.
It is up to you to be prepared to deal with toxic people because they are always around. You will definitely encounter a few in your lifetime so try your best to surround yourself with goodness. Enjoy your friends and family and make it fun because this will keep bad eggs at a distance.
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Much like Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” who lends his expertise to struggling businesses, Annette analyzes businesses, supports them with the right resources, and designs the plan they need to go from surviving to thriving.
Annette Walter has started, acquired, owned, and operated more than 15 companies in her lifetime. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and owner of a national company, Timber Industries, that was included on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, she can serve her true purpose and passion in coaching and consulting entrepreneurs through her business coaching company, iEvolve Consulting. Annette works with business owners across the globe in various industries to support their overall well-being, teams, and operations. As an operations expert and strategist, she works with business owners to help them identify organizational gaps and opportunities in their companies. She works with businesses to help make their finances, marketing efforts, technology solutions, and sales more efficient and effective.
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