There are many ingredients in the recipe for success but one which many overlook is the power of their inner circle.
A famous quote by Tony Robins goes, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Another proverb found in the Bible says that as iron sharpens iron, so does a friend sharpen a friend. This explains that our closest friends have a big impact on our growth.
If we are surrounded by people who have no goal in life, no matter what our goals in life are, we will find ourselves being slowed down by these people.
On the other hand, if you are surrounded by people who are go-getters, hardworking and encouraging, it doesn’t matter if you’re anything like them, soon enough, their zeal will rub off on you and inspire you to be better.
Being surrounded by good people also means cutting off people who do nothing to make you better. This, of course, does not mean surrounding yourself with people who only boost your ego, but people who help you grow and are not afraid to correct you when you are wrong.
Check your inner circle today, do they consist of people who:
- Inspire you to be a better person
- Believe in you even when you doubt yourself
- Support you whole-heartedly but let you know when you are wrong
- Add value to your life
- Are genuinely happy for you and appreciate your presence in their lives
- Believe you have what it takes to achieve your life’s goals and constantly push you to achieve them?
Limit the time you spend with people who bring you down, no matter how “way back” you go. If your friends only tear you down, do not inspire growth, or seem to rejoice at your failures, it would be harmful to keep having them close.
On the other hand, it would be completely selfish to expect these qualities from your friends if you do not possess any of the qualities listed above.
A lot of the time, we attract who we are. Be the change you want to see in your friends, and this will not only help you be a better friend but also a better person.