Today’s Mantra: If They’re Dragging You Down, Get Some Distance
It’s not just about removing the bad though. You need to simultaneously seek others who lift you up. Look for mentors, people you want to be like (not look like) and people who inspire you.
Search for others who share the same interests, people who are positive and look for resources (blogs, sites, etc) that are in line with the person you want to be. You can’t control everything, but you can make attempts to make your environment (which includes the people around you) more positive.
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT. If there are people in your life who tell you you’re not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough, those are exactly the kind of people who you don’t need in your life. Whether it comes from friends, family, what you see on TV or in magazines, or your own inner voice, do not let anyone drag you down. There’s a wealth of ways to change your environment for the better. And you deserve it, even if you don’t think you do.