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Who Are the Five People You Spend the Most Time With?

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Have you ever heard Jim Rohn’s quote, “You’re an average of the five people you spend the most time with?”

Is that a scary thought?  Or do you feel good about it?

Think About Those Five People

Think of where you want to be in life.

Do those five people have the characteristics you desire in yourself to get you where you want to be?

Or are they a negative force pulling on you?

Are they pessimists?

Are they lazy?

Do they share your philosophy of life?

Do they engage in unhealthy behaviors?

Even if you’re well grounded and are able to resist their influences, their presence in your life may not be dragging down – but they certainly aren’t lifting you up.

We are subconsciously affected by the behaviors and beliefs of those in our lives.  Have you heard the study that having overweight friends can make you overweight? http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1646997,00.html

We see generations of families that share the same characteristics – you’ll see families that are on welfare and don’t work – generation after generation, or the opposite – successful, driven, wealthy families.

They adopt the mindset of those around them.

Sometimes we choose to hang on to people that bring no value or nothing positive to our lives because it’s comfortable – you’ve known them forever, right?

Or they might even be family.  We might not be able to totally eliminate a relationship, but we can put limits on it.

But continuing to hang on to the wrong people can build roadblocks to where you want to be.  They may be roadblocks to your personal growth, spiritual growth, career growth or the path to better health.

Part of shaping your life and bettering yourself is identifying your core inner circle of influence.

Are you where you want to be?

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  ~ Proverbs 13:20

Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life lightVisit Yolanda at her site – come on over!

2 Responses to Who Are the Five People You Spend the Most Time With?

  1. Does virtual count? Probably not :).. Good question Yolanda. I will give this some thought over night. p.s. you should join up on Google+. I’m totally new there, but discovering new communities every day.

    • Good question – I suppose if they have influence in your life. I’ll have to check into Google+…

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