Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is the case, are the people you surround yourself with helping you or hurting you?
Many of us struggle with health and fitness, particularly as we get older. When this occurs, it becomes even more important to surround ourselves with people who motivate, encourage, and inspire us to continue along our health and fitness journeys.
However, you may encounter saboteurs along the way. Here are a few types of saboteurs you may find in your own circles:
- A friend who pressures you to do something else – They may try to distract you from your workouts or encourage you to eat unhealthy foods. Peer pressure becomes an issue. You may need to spend less time with these peers.
- Well-meaning individuals – These people may not understand why you’re doing what you’re doing and they may be concerned. Let them know you appreciate their concern, but you need to follow your own path.
- Backstabbers – These individuals may try to derail your success because they measure themselves against other people and they simply do not want you to succeed. Recognize when someone is acting against you.
Focus on building up others as well as yourself. Create a strong foundation by joining teams and making connections. Say hello to people at the gym and surround yourself with these like-minded and motivated individuals who will help you stay focused on your health and fitness goals.