The Positive Attitude Challenge – Pick Your Pack With Care

Life isn’t a solitary journey. Prolonged isolation crushes the human spirit. We’re designed to relate to others and to flourish in the context of a community. Deep connections are vital to the human soul. Humans travel in packs.

You were born in a family and in a community, and you had no say in this. However, as an adult, you can pick your pack: you can decide who you travel with in life.

Your goal should be to travel in good company. And by that, I mean: you should associate with people who help you not hinder you, people who push you forward not pull you back, people who inspire you not immobilize you, positive people who empower you to be better, dream bigger, love harder, and serve more.

Who you surround yourself with matters; your circle, whether you recognize it or not, has a strong influence on you. And because attitudes are contagious, your circle affects your attitude.

When you spend a lot of time with people, you begin to think like them, talk like them, and act like them. Therefore, if you spend most of your time congregating with negative, stinking-thinking people, they’ll rub on you, and their negativity will eventually affect you and wear you down.

Like water seeping through a small crack, their influence will be very subtle at first. But if you’re not careful, soon, you’ll find yourself completely submerged in negativity. In fact, before you know it, your mind, like a sponge, will have absorbed the wastewater of their negativity. And to undo the damage, you’ll need to undergo a long process of decontamination.

Granted, you may not be able to completely dissociate yourself from negative people. That said, you would be wise to limit your interactions with them—and proactively seek the company of positive people.

Your current pack might be hindering your progress in life. Examine your close relationships and make sure you’re traveling with the right people; who you associate with really does make or break you.

To cultivate a positive attitude, you must pick a positive pack: surround yourself with positive people.

Daily Decision

Decide that you’ll surround yourself with positive people and limit your interactions with negative people.

Daily Challenge

Today, your challenge is to find someone you know to be positive and spend some time with him or her. You can go for lunch, have a phone or Skype conversation, an email exchange, or whatever else you can think of.

At the same time, stay away from people who have a negative influence on you. When they try to drag you into their smearing campaigns or their complaining litany, excuse yourself and go somewhere else.

Daily Affirmation

I choose my associations wisely; I fill my life with positive people.