Recently I saw a clip of a person on television accidentally drinking nail polish remover, instead of taking a drink out of the water bottle next to the nail polish remover. Now, this is an unconscious act that could have dangerous consequences. Right on the bottle it says, if ingested drink plenty of fluids and contact poison control. But this was by no means a thought out act of stupidity, it was simply that the bottles were next to each other, and both open. Proximity can really impact our choices.
Over the last year, I've lost a substantial amount of weight, and I find that this proximity rule really plays into my daily healthy eating success or failure as well. If I am near a bad choice, it's easier to make a bad choice. The same holds true for choices in relationships, if I am around people who complain, I suddenly have things to complain about, or if I am around people who are really positive and uplifting, poof, its easier to be positive and spread good energy again.
So, what does this mean? Its simple, your proximity to positive and negative affects how you show up in life, and the decisions you make. So, stack your deck by surrounding yourself with good options to put in your mind, body, and relationships. Then run away from the toxic, and if someone continues to try and be toxic towards you alert your inner pest control so you can make plans to not be in proximity to them. When someone treats you poorly on a regular basis, don't give them access to you. You are a gift, and you should be honored, so if they can't do that, they don't get to be near you. As I once heard Samantha on that canceled t.v. show Samantha Who say: "Surround yourself with people you admire, and people who admire you." It's that easy.