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Success on your journey to a better you will carry with it some challenges. Sometimes, sadly, you may lose some relationships along the way.

Sometimes this is preventable, but often times you are going to need to shed from your life the people that don't hold your same vision.

When you start running some will run with you. Some will watch you run and cheer you on. These are the people that you want in your life.

The ones that ask you why you are running or that put you down are the ones that you may need to cut out of your life.

Sadly the latter group may be close friends or even family or, the worse case scenario, it may be kids, parents or a spouse.

When you change your level of fitness you need to change who you are.

You are going to need to stop being lazy.

You are going to need to stop quitting every time things get hard.

You are going to need to stop putting down other people to make yourself feel better.

You are going to need to stop making excuses.

You are going to have to stop blaming others for your health and expecting others to do it for you.

You are going to need to become more.

You are going to need to raise your level of self confidence.

You are going to need to have a bigger ego....

So what does that last part mean?

Let me explain. Let me tie together the concept of shedding people from your life and you getting more self confidence.

The more you succeed, the more confident you will be. These things go hand in hand. The more you succeed, the more that those that are NOT succeeding will resent you.

Not a pleasant thought but it's the honest to God truth. I see it almost every day.

Remember what I said about when you run? Some people still have the bad qualities that you have improved. Some people are lazy and quit when the going gets tough.

Some people blame a trainer when they quit halfway through. It's just the way many humans are. These same people are going to give YOU a hard time because YOU are doing what they don't have the guts to do.

Don't be afraid of success on your journey. If lesser people give you are hard time because you succeeded like they can't, well those aren't your people.

As your confidence grows, surround yourself with people that take pride in YOU and are proud of you. Learn to distance yourself from people that are jealous of your success.

If you can develop the vital skill of always focussing on being better and not taking shit from those that are failing, then YOU will succeed long term.

That my friends is the key to emotional well being on your journey.

I leave you today with a personal message and a song lyric from Taylor Swift that I have always loved.

Along MY personal journey I have had people try to tear me down. I know it's simple envy and jealousy and it's not on me, it's on them.

I know that I am leading my life the best way that I know how and if you want to run with me I'll run with you. If you ask me why I run, make fun of me, or tell me that my ego is big then I have no time for you.

There are to many people that need me to worry about that jealous few that throw rocks....

Seems like there's always

Someone who disapproves,

They'll judge it like they know about me and you,

And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do,

The jury's out,

And my choice is you.

So don't you worry your pretty little mind,

People throw rocks at things that shine. ~ Taylor Swift, "Ours"

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