Hanging With The Winners, Thoughts for January 12, 2015

Who you keep company with

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Epictetus

Hang with winners, and you too will become one. Heard that all my life, but never paid it much heed. No one was going to tell me who to hang out with. So how did that turn out for me?

In the past year, I have come to completely understand what this means. Be with like minded people, have like minded goals and you will succeed. Success to me is an inner feeling, a sense of being that I had never felt before. A burning inside that wants to learn more, wants to do more, wants to share more and wants to help others to achieve this same feeling.

How do you find these people? You start acting like one of those people and you WILL attract them. They will seek you out. Act the way that you want to be, don’t just sit and hope that someday you might become one of those people, start ACTING like it now. Act like you have this feeling of serenity, act like you deserve to feel this good….because you do. We all do.

Be with people that are going to inspire you to be your best, to do your best. Not with ones that are going to question or ridicule everything you do. I had to make some tough decisions about a year ago to disassociate myself from a bunch of people that I thought were my friends, but who in reality were keeping me from seeing my greater potential. Now this was mostly not due to something that they did, it was my impression of what they thought of me or expected of me. I was programmed to please those people and it was keeping me in a very dark place.

It is amazing how many true friends that you find that you really have when you do something like this. I can count on one hand how many of those people are still a part of my day to day life right now. I hold no hard feelings toward any of those people I had to stop associating with, and if I run into them somewhere I would be able to genuinely be happy to see them, but I could not continue living my life pleasing others.

Think about your list of friends, how many of them are actually (unknowing to them) holding you back or maybe even you are holding them back? It is a tough pill to swallow, I know! But it was something that I had to do and because of it, I see a future for myself, I have hope and faith that as long as I continue to do the best that I can do EACH DAY, that things will be better than ever. 

Today I have that inner feeling, a warmth inside that tells me that I am in the right place, that I am doing the right thing. Today I am surrounded by those like minded people and I am on a path, a journey, to being the best person that I can be. To being the person that God wants me to be and the one that I NEED to be

Peace always

Mark Eaves

About joatmon14

Man in recovery from everything, looking for a little help, inspiration and direction.... Have spent the last 25 years working in big business, getting lost in all the chaos, not feeling like what I did mattered. By no means am I a professional writer nor do I even think I am that good, but it is something I love to do. Getting lost in a world of words, even for just a little while is why I started my blogs. In reality, at the age of 49 I am trying to find my voice. To find my passion. Maybe starting a little late, but better late than never. I write for me, I enjoy reading other's thoughts very much as well and look forward to the day that I can hold an extended, intelligent, meaningful conversation with YOU View all posts by joatmon14

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