Some airlines are known for their cheap fares and most people generally have a low level of respect for these affordable airlines. Ironically the same “critics” of cheap airlines will still book a flight and hop on board something they have absolutely no respect for!
This got me to thinking about how many people are supposedly “on board” with causes, movements and people that they have no respect for. Basically it’s just like the cheap airlines; you’re only with them because that’s all you can afford (insert well). This is the typical way of thinking in this opportunity driven culture today. People will ride on your coat tails for as long as it benefits them, and as soon as a better option presents itself, they are straight out the door. There is such an animalistic approach to relationships these days and I’m really wondering why so many people ignore the obvious signs when they know they’re dealing with an opportunist. People will literally link up with you and get your contacts, resources, information and your wisdom only so they can do what you do. Some people come to you because they know being connected to you affords them the opportunity to go places they know they would have never gone without you. Unfortunately, as soon as they “arrive” they will act like you never existed. In my life, there have been some people who I’ve given short cuts to get to places where it’s taken me years to get to. And just like the affordable priced airline, these same people don’t seem to value or appreciate what’s blessed their life. They won’t pay you for helping them take off, but they have no problem doing that for someone else they respect. Sadly, if it had not been for your favor they would have never made it into certain rooms. They would have never had the confidence or skills to express themselves if not for your mentorship or guidance.
Recently, we took a quick trip to visit my parents and booked tickets on a well known affordable airline. The tickets came in total to $309.00 round trip for three adults. WOW! That’s super cheap!! Of course you have to pay for your bags additionally on that flight. But what kind of a spoiled, entitled brat would I be to expect the airline to take an extra loss just so I can bring my bags too! This made me think even deeper about how we have people riding off of our reputations, connections and favor who have the nerve to invest so little in us and yet they still complain about helping to support what in the grand scheme of things is only going to help them in the long run. How insane is it for me to fly for almost nothing on these people’s plane and then grumble and fuss because I want to carry my baggage along too. It’s shameful the way we think! We want so much for so little.
My advice today for the coachable is simple;
Excuse yourself from any alliances that dishonor your worth. If people can’t see the treasure you are, let them know your significance is not up for negotiations. Don’t make any accommodations for people who want to treat you less than you deserve. The problem with selling yourself at a bargain rate is you’ll attract a clientele of deadbeats who can’t see your worth because their entire perspective is based upon how they see themselves. To a person who views their worth from the perspective of an underdog, downtrodden and rejected place; to them it’s going to be impossible to get anywhere because their vision of self is so warped. The way people see you is often a reflection of how they see themselves; so doing life with these kind of people is frustrating for someone going places. Do yourself a favor, leave them to someone else. Don’t make cheap people your project unless you want to stay on the ground.
When you are determined to go places one of the biggest challenges is deciding who your audience should be. Is that really the crowd you want to market your excellence to? Take your time and really ponder whether you want to work hard to sell a $20 ticket to someone who bemoans buying it, but will pay hundreds of dollars with ease to see something not even as good. Make sure you stop looking for approval from people who don’t approve of themselves. When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.
Make up in your mind today that you will no longer try to make common people believe in your greatness. The truth is greatness always recognizes greatness. On the other hand, small minded people love to diminish others because that’s the way they feel inside about themselves. If you’re helping people to go places, do everything you do in excellence. Even if right now you’re known for selling what you have to offer for less than it’s worth; be assured that at some point quality people will show up in your life and they will gladly pay you more, because they’ll know what you’re offering is priceless!
Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant
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