"If I hang around the barber shop, I might get a haircut.”
God puts people in our lives. He will bring the right people into our lives, and we must let the wrong people walk away, because the people I choose to surround myself with either raise or lower my standards. I either become the best version of myself or am encouraged to become a lesser version, because I will be like my friends. None of us becomes great or unsuccessful on our own.
Tony Robins says, “Get rid of negative people who bring you down. Surround yourself with people who lift you up”. The people around us help to make us who we are.
We become who we attract or who we are attracted to. The law of attraction goes back to Confucius in the 6th century BC, who wrote one of the first quotes about surrounding yourself with good people: “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”
This idea that you are who you surround yourself with has lasted this long because it’s truth—and you can use it to achieve your dreams in business and life.
I attract what I focus on. If I hang around with negative people, I'll feel like I'm living under a cloud. But if I fill my life with friends who positively challenge my thinking, I will live in the sunshine of success.
Have you ever heard someone say, “You are who you hang out with?” Look at raising children, we likely worry about them joining in with the wrong crowd—and our parents feared the same for us. That's because the people you spend the most time with have a big impact on your emotions, your worldview, and your expectations of yourself. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As parents, we instinctively know this, and we want to use this power of supervision to positively affect our children. Do you use this concept to your advantage?
Surrounding yourself with good people can influence every aspect of your life, from business to romantic relationships. “We all get what we tolerate, in ourselves and other people.” – Tony Robbins “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden (My mentor would laugh at me using this quote)
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
If I run with the wrong crowd, it can be difficult to break this routine. I only have one life to live. I want to get the most out of it.
What herd do you run with? Do your close friends propel you to where you want to go?
Whoever I choose to hang around, I will become.
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