The Power of the Company You Keep
Jim Rohn stated we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Positive or negative, we experience influencers of all types. So, who’s influencing you? And is that getting you closer to, or farther away from, the life you’re dreaming of living?
Start with Clarity
Wherever you are in life, you have to have the vision of where you want to go. What do you really want? Take some time to sit down and write out what you see in all eight facets of your business and your life. (For clarification on what those eight facets are, you can download the Wheel of Business here and the Wheel of Life here.)
Design Your Plan
Once you have clarity on your Vision for your business and your life, it’s important that you map out a clearly-designed plan to get what you want, within a reasonable time frame. Setting specific dates of accomplishments for the components of your plan will ensure you achieve what you’re after.
Who’s Going on Your Journey with You?
This third and most important step involves evaluating three key areas:
- General conversation. Who are you talking to? What type of conversations are you having? Encouraging and positive, looking forward to the future? Or deep into the negative – focused on a harsh, cruel world? You’re in control of who and what you repeatedly expose yourself to.
- Work conversation. What type of conversation are you having with those you work with? Who’s influencing you to be better, take an extra class, improve your skillset? Seek out people who challenge you; they may even make you uncomfortable, but it’s always in a positive direction. Minimize interaction with those who tend to be negative.
- Education and learning. Who do you surround yourself with in education and learning? Are they supporting you to grow into your vision, or allowing you to settle and default back into old patterns? Books, classes, seminars, and workshops all add to what we’re taking in. Be intentional about how you invest your time.
Who you choose to allow to influence you will be in direct relation to your results. Seek out people who lift you up, encourage and challenge you to become everything you are capable of growing into!