A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed just how powerful an immediate social network can be. Looking at a community of 12 067 people over a period of 32 years, researchers found that subjects were more likely to become obese when their friends became obese. In the case of close mutual friends, if one became obese, the odds of the other becoming obese nearly tripled. It seemed the same effect occurred with weight loss. – The Blue Zones, p258
This is our SHINE week. It’s the week we talk about how we need to turn our focus toward opportunities that will bless the people around us by the example we set in fearlessly living our new lifestyle out loud. What we don’t often talk about in this program, however is the flip side of that equation. Who are you allowing to inspire and motivate you? I hope you like our emails, but you and I both know that they are a lousy replacement for a friend who is going to hold you accountable at work, or at school, or at 6am when it is time to go for the walk you agreed on. If you are frustrated that there is no one in your life who seems to be committed to the change you are working for, then you might have to make a new friend. You might have to separate yourself from some old friends. No one wants to leave a friend behind, but it is your future that is at stake – in every way. It is your body, your vitality, your energy, your relationships, your goals, your confidence, and YOU ARE WORTH IT.
You can do it.