Who do you spend the most time with?

I was at a business conference awhile back and learned about some research that found one’s income is the average of the incomes of the 5 people they spend the most time with. I would argue this extends to other areas of your life as well. Think about who you spend the most time with. How do they influence you? Do they push you to be a better person? Do they hold you back from your goals and dreams? If you’re surrounded by active, healthy people you’ll be active and healthy. If you’re surrounded my couch potatoes, you’re more likely to kick back and relax, right?

As we wrap up 2010, think about who in your life inspires you and pushes you to be better. Think about who the bad apples are in your life. Get rid of the bad apples. Instead of making resolutions to lose 10 pounds, make resolutions about who you’re going to spend your time with. Time is an increasingly valuable commodity. Why would you waste your time with people who are wasting time. Find people who fill you up and make you better. Learn from them. Emulate them. Grow with them. If these people help you to be healthier and happier, you’ll likely lose that 10 pounds.