Genetically speaking, 10% of the world population is born with impeccable health. They can engage in all sorts of unhealthy activities and will rarely, if ever, get sick. Conversely, 10% of the population is born tragically ill. No matter how hard they try, they’ll be in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals their whole life.
The remaining 80% of us are somewhere in the middle. We can experience abundant health as long as we work towards maintaining it. If we abuse our bodies, however, we’ll inevitably develop some form of chronic illness.
Think about how much more difficult it would be to lose weight, quit smoking, or break other bad habits when you’re surrounded by people doing what you’re trying to avoid! That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with the right kind of people.
It’s been said that we are an average of the five people we hang out with most. A friend of mine who’s no stranger to this belief constantly reminds his kids, “It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” What a great saying!
If everyone you know is a smoker, you probably smoke too. If all of your friends are overweight, chances are that you’re also overweight!
So find five people whose health and happiness you admire, and start spending as much time with them as you can. Follow them to the gym (with their permission of course), ask them to take you organic grocery shopping, or accompany them to their chiropractor’s office…
Open yourself to learning from them over the course of the next year and see what happens…