Big challenge for a lot of people this week. The first two challenges were to Take some time in absolute quiet and to Positively reinforce your body image. Hopefully it has started you on the right path. This week your challenge is to start getting the negative influences out of your life. I wrote an article on this subject that I recommend called Getting rid of crabs. Let me explain the concept before your mind goes too far with that concept. If you put a crab in a bucket, that crab will escape. But if you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, none of them will escape. You know why? Because each time one gets to the top, the others will pull him back down. You have anyone like that in your life? It's time to get rid of them. Why are you keeping someone in your life that keeps holding you back? Do you have people in your life that always tell you that you can't do something? Any time you start a new exercise program, nutrition program, job, etc... that person that says you will fail before you have even started. I have a lot of faults, ask my wife. But one thing I do have going for me is relentless positivity. Having that attitude has carried me through a lot of bad times and allowed me to have an awesome life. One of the ways I keep a positive attitude is by dropping the dead weight relationships in my life. This is one of my favorite quotes: “You are, or will become, the average of the five people you associate with the most.” – Brian Carruthers Who are you around the most? Who do you want shaping your life? Who has already shaped your life? Your challenge this week is to avoid and get rid of the people, places, and things that are negatively impacting you. Block that drama queen on Facebook (this one feels so good, just try it), don't go over to that person's house where you know things are going to be stressful, and avoid the things that bring you down.