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Life goes by quickly, sure we may live for 60 or even 80 years depending on our health and things of that nature, but that isn’t anywhere near as long as it sounds like it is. If you’re surrounded by people who do nothing but bring you down, you’re already making bad decisions in life and that needs to change.

When it comes to the company you keep, you can either help push yourself forward or hold yourself back. Stop giving power to people who want nothing more than to see you fail. You should only be placing efforts into those who help you grow and become a better version of yourself in the long run.

We all change as time passes in this world and sometimes that leaves us outgrowing people who we thought would be in our lives forever. If someone who once helped build you up is now trying to tear you to shreds, you shouldn’t continue placing them as high up in your life as you are. Some people in our lives are not meant to stick around forever and the sooner we allow that to sink in the better.

There are tons of different kinds of people in this life that we need to be wary of, for instance, fake people should not be given the time of day. Sure, we tend to let them get too close before we realize they’re only pretending to care but once we pick up on things we should be quick to cut ties. While these people might have started out as helpful, once their true colors came out you should have done what needed to be done.

The company we keep matters and I know that might sound a bit silly to some but it should not be going in one ear and out the other. If you want to be happy and progressive in your own life you need to make sure you’re surrounded by people who are also growth-focused. People who are willing to put in the work to get where they want to be in life and also help those who help them. People who show off constantly, complain all the time, and only want to see others fail should not be given your efforts because at the end of the day they have nothing to offer you or even themselves. They have things that they must work on themselves.

I know, this might sound like I am going over and over about the same thing but it’s something that cannot be stressed enough. If you don’t make sure the right people are before you, you’ll end up holding yourself back without even realizing it. You’ll wonder why you’re so stuck and what you should be doing to change things.

Cutting ties with people who don’t want to see you happy can be hard because you still care about them or you want to help them but you must put yourself and your goals above all else. You matter and at the end of the day, those people aren’t the ones you need to answer to. If you’re not where you need to be in life you must answer to yourself.

Don’t waste years allowing others to make decisions for you and choose where you are in this world. Take your life into your own hands like you should have from the start and place yourself where you want to be. Sure, it takes a lot of hard work but you are more than capable.