You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. -Jim Rohn
It’s a known fact that you mold to and become the people who you surround yourself with. We’ve all been told at one point or another to drop a certain person, “baggage,” so we aren’t being held down from reaching our ultimate potential. To what point are you able to admit to yourself what or who your personal baggage is? It sounds pretty straight forward to drop baggage in theory, but who is the baggage? Family, a childhood friend, a significant other? Now… not so easy. If a person is truly toxic in your life, holding you back from achieving goals, always suggesting to put leisure before your to-do list, pulling you down to their level, negative attitude, not having your best interest in mind, talks down your dreams, highly consider making a change regarding their presence in your life. Whether it means limiting how often you see them, or removing them completely.
We need to keep supportive, driven, inspiring, motivating people around us. Those that we can relate to and connect with on a deeper level than, “how’s the weather?” A good sign that you’ve found a great person to spend time with is your creative buzz is uncontrollable when you’re with them. You shoot for the stars and the thoughts don’t stop flooding in. I have a few people I know I can go to with my outlandish ideas, that I can trust to either support me or help me focus it into an even better idea. We then begin to work together, water the idea, and it grows, transforming into reality!
Surround yourself with people who will actually IMPLEMENT their ideas in a TIMELY MANNER. Don’t confuse big talkers with procrastinators. Writing down plans is great, but what good will it do you if the idea never comes to life? Who else will execute it but you? HELLO it’s your idea!!
You’ll know when the right people enter your life. You’ll feel the connection, and find ways to work together to raise each other up. Don’t associate with users. You should raise each other up equally. No ulterior motives, not cooperating just to get something out of it in the end. Be genuine. Good opportunities will come.
Of all the relationships we have, it is our friends who most directly reveal the kind of person we are. If you want to understand someone, you only have to look at their circle of friends, which will tell you what their values and priorities are.