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Will You  Take the “Better People Pledge” for 2016?


by Glenn Shepard
December 29, 2015
Category:  Inspiration

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If there's one piece of wisdom I could impart to every person on earth before the New Year, especially young adults who are just starting their lives, it would be this...

"The quality of your life will always be in direct proportion to the quality of the people in your life, so be very, very selective about who you allow in your inner circle".

The sad reality is that most people spend more time choosing a pair of shoes than choosing friends, cohorts at work, or other people that will ultimately shape who they become.

They then take clues for what's "normal" from the worst people to emulate, simply because those people are in their circle of influence.

As a result, they inadvertently take financial advice from broke people, marital advice from people whose relationship with their spouse is more of a competition than a partnership, and general life advice from people who've made a lifestyle out of making bad choices and then blaming everyone but themselves.

While it’s not possible to eliminate all of the negative people in your life, you can at least limit your exposure to them – just as you limit your exposure to the sun.

If you want to be in awe of the person you are on December 31 of next year, make a resolution on Jan 1 to surround yourself with better quality people by taking this "Better People Pledge":

In 2016, I will spend less time around people who…

think they deserve everything, and more around those who are grateful for everything.

... I only hear from when they want something, and more around those reach out every once in a while just to say hello.

… say one thing and do another, and more around those who lead by example.

… are enablers that remain silent while watching me do self-destructive things, and more around those who care enough about me to hold me accountable.

… always drag others down, and more around those who always lift others up.

… take freely but give nothing, and more around those who give freely but ask for little in return.

… are always looking for what they can get, and more around those who are always looking for how they can help.

… do things I'd never want my kids to do, and more around the kind of people I’d want my kids to grow up to be like.

… have such low self-esteem that they treat everyone with disrespect, and more around confident people who treat everyone as if they're the most important person on earth.

… can find a way to screw up a free lunch, and more around those who always find the silver lining in even the darkest cloud.

… suck the life out of the room when they walk into it, and more around those make everyone’s day brighter just by being a part of it

… are always envious of what everyone else has, and more around those who are always encouraging and happy for what others have.

I guarantee you that if you take the Better People Pledge, 2016 will be one of the best years of your life.

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

P.S. If you have grown children who turned out great but hung out with friends you didn’t approve of when they were younger, share this article with them. You might actually get to hear that sentence that validates all the work you put into raising them – “Mom/Dad, you were right. I wish I had listened to you sooner.”

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