My number one rule to achieving health, happiness and success is to be very selective of the people you allow close to you.
Look around you. Who leads by positive example in your life? Who inspires you - to try new things; to have courage; to be positive; to be and do your best; to dream big; to follow your passions; or to simply keep going no matter the odds? These are the people to keep close to your heart and in your life.
It is their attitudes, actions and energies that can make all the difference in your attitudes, actions and energy, and; therefore, the results you achieve and the outcomes in your life. Just talking with or being around people who strive to be better versions of themselves or to create better lives for themselves is inspiring, motivating and empowering. Being around people who strive to be more positive and to do something extraordinary with their lives can help lead you to greatness because you tend to model the behavior of those you admire or those who have similar goals in life. At minimum, their positive vibes will lift your spirits! Positive attitudes lead to positive actions. Positive actions lead to more positive results. Therefore, living with more positivity leads to better health, more happiness and greater success in life.
Being around negative people can drain your energy, slow you down and stunt your growth. Their poor attitudes will only weigh yours down, too. Actions follow attitudes. If you have a negative attitude, it won't be long before your actions reflect that attitude. You won't strive for greatness because you won't be motivated; you won't push harder; you won't seek better solutions; you won't get more creative; you won't attract the right people to help you; you won't be open to new opportunities; and you won't follow through on your goals or dreams.
In fact, not only could you remain stuck, meaning you won't make progress in your life, but you could also become sad, angry or depressed. And, that only creates a vicious cycle of more negative thoughts, actions and outcomes.
So, which scenario sounds more appealing to you?
It is not easy avoiding the "Negative Nellie's" in your life, but you could limit your exposure, practice positive affirmations and meditations, listen to motivational speakers, read or watch inspirational stories, and, most of all, seek more positive people and/or greater exposure to them. Lean on them as often as you can and don't let go.
When you surround yourself with greatness, you will achieve greatness in whatever way you choose to define it. It all starts with being positive. Lead with positivity, my Pineapple, and follow with greatness.