The company you keep can influence your destination. You should strive to journey with a squad of brave people who have integrity and dignity. Chose your acquaintances wisely. Create your own platoon of people who reflect what you stand for. Do not be misled as bad company corrupts good character.
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling wrote, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” If you often feel disempowered and lacking energy after spending time with certain people, even if you consider them your friends, it may be time to ‘prune your tree’ in order to create and nurture new relationships. Leaving the familiarity of old relationships and stepping into the uncertainty of those yet to be made takes courage, but is often needed. You have to ask yourself, “If I stay in these relationships where I am comfortable, will they set me up to cultivate the life I desire in the short term or long term?”
Surround Yourself With Positive Influencers.
People with similar values and those who are actively living the lifestyle you desire are the ones you should actively draw yourself to be among. If they inspire you and you admire them, seek wisdom from them and do not be hesitant to ask them for mentorship. Some may offer life coaching or business classes. Some mentors do not require you to buy into their propaganda, but some do and it’s up to you if you proceed with that type of investment. Although these courses are not guaranteed to enhance your career, business, or personal life, they may be an easy way to get your foot in the door. These opportunities may afford you a chance to start building the relationships that will get you and your business to the next dimension.
Some people will believe in you and your ideas. Some will do anything to encourage you and help lead you through the steps you need to improve your skills and achieve your personal and professional goals. People who do not encourage you can become distractors; be cautious how much time you spend with them. Those who believe in you will permeate you with confidence, courage, and assurance. They are the type of people you need to keep in your corner. They are your motivators, your cheerleaders, and your truth tellers.