Have you noticed that when you are in the midst of some friends, you are excited and happy, laughing at different jokes? You also notice that with some friends you share knowledge and ideas, you are lifted and enligtened? Where as, with some friends, you are moody and the little faith in you gets drained and you are left empty, you are suddenly angry and cannot even explain why. This only tells you that where you are determines what grows inside of you- weeds or flowers, strengths or weakness, joy or anger and hatred.
If where you are isn't favouring you, all you need do is to move away from there. The truth is, whatever you desire for yourself in the nearest future starts with the decision you make now. Stay away from negative people, environment.
Have a strong will to say no to bad seeds that will eventually grow into thorns. When you are with the right people, the best comes out of you and the worse part of you dies.
Some people have stayed long in violent relationships that they have given up on the joy and happiness of a sweet relationship. No matter the damage that has been done to you, at least you are still alive to make a difference for yourself and future. Your success is always linked to a "place".
Refuse to settle for the less my friend.