You Are Who You Surround Yourself With

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn

Be aware of the people you surround yourself with. Eventually, you'll become them.

From the way you dress and talk, to the amount you weigh and the hobbies you have, the people around you change everything. This is some of the best news you'll ever receive, and some of the worst. 

This means that if you are overweight, and want to shed a few pounds, all you need to do is find a group of fitness freaks, and spend as much time around them as you possibly can. If you want to become a successful blogger, find a bunch of people who've made it happen in the industry, and become their new best friends. One of the quickest ways to success, in any area of life, is to surround yourself with people who are living your definition of success.

As for the bad news.... Because you are the average of the people you spend the most time with, you need to break free of the people who are holding you back. That means that if you are trying to free yourself from a certain lifestyle, you need to distance yourself from the friends and family who are living that very lifestyle. If you want to stop drinking, and start waking up early, you need to stop hanging out with people who go out to bars every night. If you are trying to break a smoking addiction, you need to distance yourself from all of your smoker friends. If you want to start a new fitness regimen, you need to get away from the friends who do nothing but sit around and eat junk food all day. 

This may sound a bit harsh, but it's not like you need to forever hang up the phone on people who aren't living your ideal lifestyle. You can still be friends with these people, just try spending less time around them, and more time around people who inspire you.

What's something that you've been wanting to do? A habit you've wanted to develop? A habit you want to break? This week, try to spend one less hour with people who aren't serving you on your mission, and one more hour with people who inspire you. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!