We have all probably known a few habitual complainers. Those who constantly complain about the same issues, but then do nothing to correct the problem. They ask for suggestions, which are given, but then apply none of them.
The answer to their problem is right there. They’ve even been told what that answer is. They just refuse to take the step. Instead, they walk away and continue to complain.
It is said that some people are only happy when they have problems in their life. Although that’s difficult to understand, it is hard to deny since there seem to be so many people with that mindset. Why would a person want to have problems?
Certainly not everyone fits into that category. Sometimes it may be too difficult for them to take the step needed to correct their problem. They may be lacking in self confidence. Maybe it’s too intimidating for them to step outside of their comfort zone. Or, perhaps they just don’t have the motivation to do so.
However, for those who are the sounding board of their complaints it can become tiresome. We want to help, but know that nothing we suggest will make a difference. Even if we held their hand and led them to the solution, they would still find an excuse to back away from it.
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
If only they would drink the water, then they wouldn’t have to complain anymore.
How do you handle people like this?