We are all influenced by people and when it comes to fitness, strength and performance, the people we surround ourselves with can make or break us. Getting in shape requires change and its not always easy. Most times it requires discipline, sacrifice and overcoming lots of obstacles to achieve our goals. If we have the wrong people around us, they can distract us, break us down or convince us that it cannot be done…BUT the right people can lift you up, challenge us to do better and keep our head in the game.
If you want to achieve great things, surround yourself with great people.
Surround yourself with people that believe in you – people can do incredible things when they have a support team. Life can distract us, beat us down and wear down our confidence, but, with good people around us, we can handle more, dig deep and conquer more than we ever dreamed.
Who are the most encouraging people in your life?
Surround yourself with people that lift you up – Some people are vampires and just wear us out, while others are a pleasure to be around. Usually the people that you enjoy the most are the ones who lift you up, congratulate you on accomplishments and lead you to doing better things.
Who do you enjoy being around the most?
Surround yourself with people that will hold you accountable – We all need people that can keep us grounded and tell it to us straight. No matter what the goal, it is easy to get distracted and stray off course. Keep people close that will hold you to the things that are most important.
Who is holding you accountable right now?
Surround yourself with people that know your flaws and support you anyway – I believe that we become closest to the people that we go through battles with and come out the other side. Maybe its from sports, the military, a traumatic life event or other hard times. However it comes about, there is trust and strength built during tough times.
Whose got your back?
Surround yourself with people that are disciplined – It is easy to be lazy, eat rich foods, party, etc. I believe that this desire for pleasure is what leads people astray and causes most of our headaches in life. Do you have the ability to avoid bad situations? I didn’t for a lot of years, but I do now and my life has changed for the better.
Do the people around you model good behavior or try to influence bad habits?
Surround yourself with people that work hard – Do the people you spend time with work hard? Are they afraid to break a sweat or do they actively seek out new challenges? There are a lot of valuable lessons from working hard. Get out there and get your hands dirty. It can clear your mind and build confidence.
Surround yourself with people that are successful (in many ways) – You can break life down into a lot of different categories (spiritual, family, health, finances, etc) As far as health goes, do you surround yourself with healthy people? Are the people around you making good decisions, eating good foods, moving around, living healthy lifestyles…or are they gluttonous, lazy and constantly wearing themselves down?
Who are the most healthy people you know?
Surround yourself with people you respect. A lot of people won’t change for themselves, but they may change to earn the respect of someone they look up to or admire. Funny how this works, but I’ve seen it in business, families, martial arts, sports and many other areas.
Who are the people you respect most?
These questions are just thoughts that I have had over the last few weeks. They are designed to get you thinking about the people you spend time with and how they affect your life.
Think about the 5-10 people you spend most of your time with during the week.
Are they helping you become a better person or are they dragging you down?
Are they encouraging and supportive or always criticizing your efforts?
Take some time and give this some thought. If the people you currently spend time with are not helping you, then it may be time to find some new friends or people that can help. Building this support system can help all of us excel and become better people.
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