Keeping in Check. We have talked about our stories, current reality and our upbringing restricting us from achieving what we want in our lives, but there are some other factors that we need to keep in check. The people we associate with in our lives, our comfort zones and our self-talk can hold us back. OTHERS’ NEGATIVE TALK Mix with critical people and you can be assured that you will learn to criticise. Mix with messy people and you can become messier. Mix with negative people and you will learn about negativity. Mix with unsuccessful people and you are more likely to become unsuccessful. However, if you mix with enthusiastic people you will become more enthusiastic. Mix with positive people and we can become more positive. Mix with prosperous people and we can learn about creating wealth. Mix with happy people and you can learn about happiness. If we mix with successful people, we can become more successful. Successful, optimistic people soar high, above the clouds with other eagles. They can occasionally look through the clouds at the turkeys squabbling on the ground about why they can’t soar, but are careful not to swoop too low because turkeys can jump high and love to drag down eagles as it makes them look better.