Don't Let People Drag You Down
A hater can't stop you, unless you give them permission to.
You've got to stop listening to everyone who is trying to drag you down. Whenever you begin working on yourself - when you begin changing your life people are going to talk. They are going to tell you and tell your friends all about who you used to be. They will talk about your past like it was something you did earlier today instead of months ago or even years ago. They do this because if they were to acknowledge who you are now and who you are becoming then it would bring attention to the journey that they aren't taking. The progress that they aren't making. The past that they're still choosing to live in… So yeah, they're gonna talk. When you start building a better future and a better life they're gonna talk all day long about how you haven't changed. Well, let 'em talk. Don't kid yourself. You're not going to change their mind. They're set on the negative. They're not going to talk about all of the great things you're doing now. They'll act as though it isn't even happening at all.
The people talking about who you were clearly don't know your heart. I always say, "See my heart and not my past." What's important is who you are and where you're headed. If your past determined who you are we'd all be out of luck. Because there's nothing you can do to change your past. All you can do is make your future a stark contrast in how good and healthy you are and how good you're becoming.
Here's my advice: Use that past that they keep spreading about you as fuel. Use it as a progress sign of how far you've come. When they say, "He was here. He did this. He said this." Say, "Yeah, isn't it crazy how far I've made it past that?!" They're hate can be a sign that you're on the right path. Don't EVER let it stop you. EVER.
It all starts with you.