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Love this post!

I love this article. It is extremely true. I was telling my email subscribers yesterday about the people you surround yourself with.

You have to evaluate the people in your life and remove the negative 'bad guys'. I felt guilty when I first started doing this, but I've found that my life has much more focus. People really do have an influence on you and you can't allow negative people to control your day.

Great article as always

Dawn S. - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!

Stephen - Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad this post resonated with you. It's so important to look at who we surround ourselves with. Those people impact our stories in such a powerful way.

I third the - I love this post! So true..I especially love the "choose your lens" ;-). Life has been throwing many obstacles at me lately, and it can get really frustrating and hard - but you do what you have to for family. It's also important to remember to take care of me too...even if it's just sitting and doing nothing (although I know I should be getting to the things I really want to do), or choosing not to do certain things I know I can't handle even though I may want to do something because it's the nice thing to do. Hard habit to break but getting better at being comfortable with my choices b/c it's my story after all. Thanks Dani

Saggleo - Thank you! It's great that you've realized the importance of choosing your own lens. Life can throw some crazy curveballs, but it's up to us to choose how we see the life we're living. It's also important, as you mentioned, to carve out time for yourself, whether it's to just relax or spend time doing something you love. I'm glad to hear that you're becoming more comfortable with your choices. It's YOUR story!

I think you are right, it's so important to stop focusing on other people - you have to believe in yourself and set your standard that what you think and feel and care about really matter most. In fact, other people start to pay you respect when you do this and that opens up a lot of hidden opportunity in your life!

Bexhill - It's a hard thing to do sometimes-- focus on yourself -- but it's one of the best ways to make your story the story you want to be living. Thanks for stopping by!

"When you have a choice to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice." William James

Adding value to any situation is also adding value to my life. As you stated blaming and complaining is a waste of time. It only looks bad on me if I complain or blame others for my short comings.

Make the choice to say something nice or to say nothing. Adding value also integrity.

Ellene - That's a great quote and so perfect for this post. Not making a choice is a choice. And every choice - or non-choice - should be something that adds value to your life (and hopefully to someone else's as well!).

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