Your circle of Influence
Do you know that you are the average of the five people you associate with most?
You start to think and act like the people you spend the most time with. So, do you think it’s important you select the right people to be in your life?
Are the people in your life aligned with your goals? Will they help you break through the barriers you encounter? Will they set you back on the right path if you fall off?
Think back to your past successes. What part of your success was influenced by those closest to you?
Think back to a difficult time in your life. What part of this difficulty, was perhaps, brought on by someone close to you?
There was a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at obesity among close circles of friends. The study took place over a 32 year period!
The conclusion was that there was an extremely high likelihood that the individual members of the various friend circles would develop weight issues if one of those friends was, or became, obese.
There have been other published studies that look at circles of friends from a financial, emotional, and psychological point of view. These studies also conclude that the individuals who spend the most time together have a significant impact on the lives of one another… whether that be positive or negative.
Who do you choose to be friends with? You’re going to be the average of these people. It can be a not so pleasant experience but you must be very selective with whom you let in to your life.
You are the captain of your ship. You choose in what direction you wish to go.