Friends, Family, and loved ones are the people who support us, love us despite our shortcomings, and can often be the shoulders we lean on when times get tough! Unfortunately for some people, they can also be enablers who are contributing to our unhealthy way of life!
New research is indicating that obesity and an overall lack of health can be CONTAGIOUS! Despite our best efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and make a commitment to health and wellness, the “herd” we migrate with may be the people sabotaging our goals and dreams!
Now please don’t put words in my mouth and believe that I’m telling you to suddenly ditch all your friends who may struggle with their weight or immediately delete anyone from your contact list who isn’t a picture of health! The message that I am attempting to make is that if you see yourself in a situation where your flock of friends and family are contributing to you being unhealthy, be a leader and make some real and positive changes!
What I’m referring to is becoming a change agent! I define a change agent as a person who facilitates growth and development in their lives, despite what negative influences of factors they may have inhibiting that growth. NEWS FLASH!!…….Growth and change are uncomfortable! Continuing along an old and beaten path that has never gotten you results before is the best way to go nowhere, quickly!
Becoming a change agent is difficult, but the first step in heading towards the right direction is finding support. Support is imperative in helping us all achieve those hopes and dreams that may be just outside our reach. Finding support from other people who are experiencing the same issues we are and want the same things can be a key step in your overall plan. Support groups can take the form of a good friendship that you develop at the gym or a group of people you walk with during your lunch hour. Ultimately, finding support can be a beacon that helps to light your path when your consumed by darkness.
As the article indicated, knowing your situation is very important to coming to grips with the fact that people you love are contributing to your demise. Please be honest with yourself as these things can be black and white, if they aren’t helping your progress they are hurting it. Essentially we must confront the relationships we have and determine if they are promoting your growth or disrupting it? Think of it not as a condescending look upon the people you care about but an investment into yourself and a life of longevity. Your worth the risk and subsequent choices you may have to make when evaluating how the obesity in your inner circle is deciding your happiness, health, productivity, and capabilities to become the superhero that lies within you!
Here’s to waking up to a fitter tomorrow!——-> R’s
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.