Friends (Part 1)

 

 “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

Few things have impacted my life as much as learning the importance of surrounding myself with great friends. Now don’t get me wrong, I have always had good friends. However, over the years, I have learned a lot about what differentiates friends from great friends. I have found that everyone has friends, but few have great friends. I want to take a few blog posts this week and talk to you about how to surround yourself with great people.

I recently read two articles by Jim Rohn that really hit on the importance of this subject. I encourage you to read those articles here: Evaluating Your Associations Part 1 and Evaluating Your Associations Part 2.

I loved it when he said, “Never underestimate the power of influence. You’ve got to evaluate everybody who is able to influence you in any way… You’ve got to make a serious study of how others are influencing you, both negatively and positively.”  

He then suggests to ask three questions about the people who you surround yourself with:

1.) “Who am I around?”

2.) “What are these associations doing to me?”

3.) “Is that okay?”

Today, I want to challenge you to take some time to really reflect and evaluate who you surround yourself with. Then answer this question: How is that working out for you? 

As you reflect, would you say the influences in your life are positive or negative? Do they make your life better or worse? Be honest. 

Tomorrow, I’ll write about characteristics of great friends.

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