Who do you hang around?

The people you associate with will have a huge influence on where you want to go in your life.  If you are hoping to find your passion and design your best life, it’s vital that you surround yourself with positive, like-minded people.  Negative people are toxic and they will sap your strength.  Negative attitudes breed negative energy and the number one killer of success is a negative mind.  If your dream is to bring your passion to life, it’s time to eliminate the negative people in your life.

Friends will come and go in your life many times over.  Have a think back to 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, even just 1 year ago.  Are all your friends the same people over all those periods in your life?  Of course not.  Some of us are lucky enough to have a few amazing friends who have lasted through many decades of our life.  These friends have most likely served us in a positive way the entire time in some form or another.  Other friends have likely drifted in and out of your life at various phases depending on what they brought to your life at that point in time.

A friendship is like a living thing.  It needs to be fed and nurtured.  If it does not serve to enrich the lives of each party in some way then it will eventually die.  Do all your friends enrich your life in some way?  If not, is it time to distance yourself from the people who are not offering anything positive to you in your life?

“Show me your friends and I will show you your future.”  It’s not quite clear who first quoted this but I think there is a lot to be said for the truth behind the saying.

Whatever the situation, if you are surrounding yourself with people who are continually negative, complaining all the time about their own problems, bitching about everybody else, whining about how bad life is or bringing you down and not supporting your goals, it may be time to do a spring clean of your social circle.  It’s not an easy thing to do and there may be several steps you need to take.  I can’t tell you what the right course of action is but I can tell you, if you allow negative energy to infiltrate your world at a time when you are trying to create change and growth and trying to leap into the scary world of the unknown, you will find yourself dragged down to the bottom of an ugly pit of despair.

Instead, its vital that you focus on the positive, look to the future with hope, determination and desire and only allow those people in who are prepared to come along on the same ride. Surround yourself with positive people.  Distance yourself from any toxic energy.  Seek out leaders and mentors in your field who can help you build your dreams.  Do not be afraid to meet new people who will help to nurture your passion rather than to squash it.

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