Learn how to surround yourself with positive people who will help bring out your full potential.
Surrounding yourself with positive people is like assembling your own Avengers team!
Each person brings their unique superpower of optimism and uplifts you on your journey.
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“Sometimes it’s better to end something & try to start something new than imprison yourself in hoping for the impossible.” – Karen Salmansohn
Focus on the positive people around you
This quote reflects the idea of letting toxic people go from your life and either focusing on your healthy relationships or developing new ones that help you grow as a person.
The same woman said something I often repeat with patients: “Sometimes you don’t get closure. You just move on.”
No one loves this fact when I share it with them, but that does not make it any less true.
So many people walk around hoping for that great apology, the closure they need to hear to finally move on.
That the person was wrong, that they treated them badly, that they wished the best for them, and just wanted them to be happy.
That would be wonderful, almost utopian, but sadly this is not how things go, and we end up hurting more than ever.
Finding our own closure and focusing our energies on the positive people in our lives is one of the healthiest choices we can make for ourselves.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up
Can you find closure with a toxic person?
That apology rarely comes, and people feel worse about things than they did when the conversation started.
We cannot control anyone but ourselves, no matter how much we may want to.
We only control ourselves and our desire for growth and change.
No matter how much we want someone to change, know they need to adjust their own behavior.
Only they can decide to make any alterations in their lives.
It hurts us to see people be self-destructive.
However, they must see that what they are doing is not working and that they need to look for alternatives.
It could be argued that we are being self-destructive by keeping them in our lives over people who lift us up.
We need to know that we did not deserve the poor treatment of toxic people and that the best thing we can do for ourselves is to move on and genuinely know in our hearts that we deserve better.
We tend to attract better and healthier people when we know we deserve better.
Be picky about the energy you surround yourself with
There are so many types of toxic people in our lives, and weaning them out will help us shape our personal relationships.
To “cut the fat” is to speak up and to appreciate and embrace the people who build you up and make you the best version of yourself.
Toxic people are often competitive and negative.
They resist and even sabotage your growth and change.
These people may have several motives.
Some of them think that you will no longer want them in your life if you are to grow and get healthier as a person.
For the context of this conversation, that is mostly true.
They might feel like your improvements point out the areas of their life that need serious work of their own.
Or, sadly, they might simply be jealous of your successes.
Those friends cannot let you have your moment in the sun.
The ones that have to tear you down to build themselves up, as the truth is that they do not feel very good about themselves.
Positive people build you up, encourage you, and celebrate your successes.
Surround yourself with positive people who support your happiness
You know who treats you poorly and who tears you down instead of building you up.
You may not know how to remove these toxic people from their lives.
This is another frequent topic that comes up in sessions, actually as a two-part question.
First, people want to know if letting these people go of their lives is acceptable.
They want permission of sorts, especially if the person has been in their lives for a long time, or sometimes they can even be a family member.
The answer to this question is always “yes.”
You can let anyone in your life go who treats you poorly, tears you down, and does not have your best interests at heart.
This is about what is healthiest for you and a person’s lack of willingness to change.
The second part is always the question of how you let this person go from your life.
There are direct approaches where you tell the person directly why you are removing them from your life.
However, they may not be open to hearing this, and the explanation may be more for your closure than it is for them.
This is the simplest way to go, but you have to surmise for yourself if this is someone who you can be so direct with and that this will not blow up in your face.
A letter is another option, as many of us express ourselves better in writing than we do in the spoken word.
You can also edit your writing and be certain you are saying what you want and need to say.
Use the “successive approximations” method
The name is based on a famous psychological term, but I have put my own twist on it to avoid toxic relationships.
By successive approximations, I suggest to the person that they cut the person out of their lives little by little until they are gone.
Take longer to return calls, e-mails, and texts.
To be unable to meet up when they would like to and to hope that they will eventually get the picture or just give up.
This might be surprising advice, and it might be advice that does not work well with people lacking introspection, but it can be a safer route for some people and certain dynamics.
If you decide to address things head-on, keep things as brief and clean as possible.
You do not owe them some long and drawn-out explanation, and the fact is that this will likely not go well if you did.
Simply let them know they will not be in your life and why.
Do not argue, do not engage, so state your point and move forward.
I suggest doing this in a public place to hopefully avoid a scene.
If possible, block them from being able to get a hold of you.
Meaning, block their phone number, e-mail, and social media!
Close the avenues through which they can contact you and abuse you.
Now focus your energies on the positive people you want to surround yourself with
Especially those you may have had there all along but did not appreciate.
No matter what route you decide to take to cut toxic people out of your life, I can guarantee one thing.
You will feel so much better once you have done it.
We build up so much tension and anxiety leading up to an event that I always encourage people to deal with things as quickly as possible.
I can also guarantee that you set yourself up for a future full of potential and greater happiness by consciously deciding to only surround yourself with positive people in your life.
What have you done today to surround yourself with positive people?
When you create a world where you only allow positive people into your inner circle, you create a life with unlimited potential and a support system.
May you be blessed with these kinds of people in your life, live up to the potential of your resolutions, and have the happiest year yet!
Are you keeping good company and avoiding toxic relationships?
What have you done today to surround yourself with positive people?
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