The Importance of Your Social Circle

The path to success might just depend on who else is with you on that path.


When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, don’t forget to think about your social network. Who you spend time with can help or hinder how successful you will be in achieving your goals.


For instance, if you hang out with people who like to hike, you may find yourself joining them on some outdoor excursions. Or if you want to improve your relationship with your spouse, surrounding yourself with couples you admire will encourage you to act more like them.


When setting goals, I don’t usually consider who I surround myself with, but I am definitely going to start. The research is clear: Who you spend time with impacts you and affects your behaviors. Other peoples’ habits rub off on you.


To determine who you want in your social circle, ask yourself:

  • Is there anyone you admire or who has succeeded in what you want to do?

  • Are there local or online groups that could support you in reaching your goals?

  • Is there an accountability partner who could help you along the way?

  • Are there any people you need to hang out with less that could keep you from achieving your goals?

  • Who do you follow on social media and do their values align with yours?

  • Who are you listening to (podcasts, shows, videos, etc.) and how do they impact you?


Make sure you spend time with people who influence you to live a healthy lifestyle. And deliberately surround yourself with those who can help you soar to your most authentic, healthy self!