You might be surprised to learn that all of your hard work and dedication might be all for nothing based on one simple thing: who you are surrounding yourself with.
The people we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on whether we are successful or not. This is true in love, your career, health goals or any other area of your life. You know the type. The people who love to add some snide remark or negative comment into a conversation. The ones who make it a point to be negative whenever you set a new goal.
The conversation usually goes something like this:
You: “So I decided I’m finally gonna do it. I’m going to lose this weight and get healthy”
“Friend”: “Oh, is that right? And how are you going to do that exactly?”
You: “I’m going to track what I’m eating and hit the gym three times a week”
“Friend”: “I’m not saying this to be mean (but they are), but I’ve seen you try to lose weight before and it never works. Why can’t you just accept that you’re always going to be a ‘big girl’?”
So, you see, before you’ve even started your journey, the seed has been planted in your mind that you’re going to fail. Real friends don’t do this. Real friends encourage and inspire. When you set a goal, your circle should be cheering you on and uplifting you. They should be finding any way to help that they can.
When we surround ourselves with negative people, we are setting ourselves up for failure. If you are looking to make a change in your life, start with cleansing the toxicity from your surroundings. This first step can be the hardest. Often times these are people we are related to or are other long-term friendships or relationships.
But here is the truth of the matter. You will never reach your full potential if you allow people like this to remain in your life. You have to cleanse the energy around you and in your mind before you can make your body healthy.
Negativity is like cancer. It spreads and festers and kills whatever it touches. The only way to get rid of it is to cut it out.
Doing this may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do. Walking away is hard. But trust me when I tell you that the life that’s waiting for you on the other side is so much brighter and happier. You might mourn the friendship, but you will never regret your decision to love yourself.