The types of people you allow to have influence in your life is one of the most important decisions you can make. I’ve heard parents tell their kids “you are who you hang out with” and it is true for adults as well.
Yesterday I sat down with a gentleman who owns an IT business with 2 offices locally. We spoke about his business for a couple of hours and then wrapped up. Standing in the lobby of one of the downtown Charlotte high-rises, we began to talk about life in general, the power of words and the power in having a positive mindset. Our conversation recharged me for the afternoon and filled my emotional and spiritual sails!
The people you allow to have influence over you will steer your life in particular directions. This is why you must be selective and choose wisely. If you have people surrounding you who focus on great habits, practice being positive and focus on being productive people, then that reinforcement of those values will have a positive influence on your life.
On the other hand, if you surround yourself with people who practice negativity, people focused on material things, liars, manipulators and the like, then those values will have a negative influence on you. It will be incredibly difficult to fight that current.
I like being around people who remind me, teach me, coach me and encourage me to remain focused on making sure my mind, body and spirit are aimed in the right direction.
I spent years walking the negative mindset avenue and I have no plans of returning to that route any time soon.