I have heard countless of times from the biggest names attached to personal development, that you must get rid of people that aren't on the same path, or don't contribute to your goals. People that "keep" you down. I completely disagree with this philosophy. YOU are in control of your own actions and thinking. I see Peer pressure as an excuse to not keeping yourself accountable. If you have a goal of losing weight, and your inner circle has over weight issues? Then you should get rid of them and associate with others that are in the shape you wish to be in. This is completely FALSE. your friends didn't make you shove all that food YOU knew would contribute to your weight gain. Yes, I agree with associating with others who have the same goals as you, and are taking the right steps to achieve those; will have a positive influence on you. But you should not have to drop your own friends for this reason. Especially those who have been loyal, loving friends that have been there and supportive of you. If a person has a great heart, is a good person, that is a friend to keep; no matter their goals.