According to a 2016 University of Scranton study, 92% of people who declare a new year’s resolution fail at it. Left to our own devices, we get off to an enthusiastic start, yet too often fail to achieve what we state we want for ourselves. What we know from studying formal peer groups is that when we surround ourselves with people you will encourage us, provide their expertise and advice, and help us hold ourselves accountable, we can achieve heights we never imagined possible. By understanding why and how the people who surround us matter, we can do better!
Why does this matter? Because achieving personal goals and being in a position to contribute positively to the lives of others (at home and at work) requires us to be our at our personal best. The airline safety instructions pertaining to the proper way to use your oxygen mask in the event the plane loses cabin pressure serves as the perfect metaphor – apply the mask on yourself first before attempting to help others. Being at your best FIRST, is better for you and everyone around you.