We are a product of our environment. You can only fight that truth so much. It does not have to be a negative reality and if it is there is most likely something “wrong” with our environment. I put wrong in quotations because just like your feelings you can manipulate your environment or at the very least put yourself in a different one.

Seems obvious, but we should probably surround ourselves with the people that are like ourselves, to an extent of course. I get that everyone is there own special snowflake, but would you hangout with a bunch people that have little to no interest in the things you do, talk about, read, watch, etc.? It’s the same reason we find ourselves in and out of certain romantic relationships – if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit.

Let’s say I surround myself with friends that constantly talk about reading the newspaper. They carry The New York Times with them everywhere every day and I simply glance at a newspaper habitually never doing more than reading the front page and flipping through it a bit maybe landing on the sports page for an extra five minutes. Before not too long I’ll begin looking for the same newspaper my friends read and talk about and start to delve in just like they do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested, but I wouldn’t have necessarily taken that up had it not been for my friends, or at least not to that extent.

Put the same theory to physical habits that we’re concerned with like being consistently active with workouts and eating patterns. I guarantee if you surround yourself with like-minded people that commit to the same things your own habits will deepen and multiply.

This certainly needs to be something you consent to yourself on. The first step is being a strong, confident person in the things you believe in. Don’t let non-like-minded people change something about yourself you don’t want to change. Second step is deciding if those people are actually bringing you down or not. Then we can finally realize if there needs to be a change.

Don’t leave the people you love. That is not what this is about. It’s about change. Be the person you want to be. All depending on mindset, bring the things into your life that you want in your life and get the things that you don’t want out of your life. Be the change you want to see.

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