“Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are.
If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl.
But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.
A mirror reflects a mans face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad.
The less time you associate yourself with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it only increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.”
It’s funny how fitness affects your life in unanticipated ways. When you set goals for yourself, things start to fall into place. You get clarity. All of a sudden, you see who is on your side, who is standing in the way, and who is against you. Before I started down this path, I got along with everybody. I thought that that was just because I’m friendly, outgoing, and generally able to find common ground. And mostly that’s true, but I also started to realize something different.
I never drifted apart from people because I wasn’t headed in a different direction from anyone. When I formed clear goals for my life, suddenly I could feel myself distancing from people I once had so much in common with. It wasn’t that I cared for them any less, but our lives were headed in different directions. I never thought my course was better, but it’s the one I had to take. We parted ways, but I still looked back from time to time hoping some would join me.
So I pressed on towards my goals. Along the way, I ran into old friends. Friends headed in the same direction. I realized they had been looking back hoping I would join them.