Your circle of influence. Something extraordinary that can slingshot you to new heights you never imagined, but also something that can be painfully crippling, damaging your life more than you think. Often underestimated, here's why it's so important along with five life changing tips
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This is such an important topic that I feel very strongly about, because it can affect people on such a large, long term scale. Having a strong circle of influence is so critical for a variety of reasons.
1. It Affects You Subconsciously
The great thing about being surrounded by successful people is that you'll notice yourself becoming a better person naturally. You'll talk like them, you'll think like them, you'll even dress and walk like them, because you're a part of their circle. A large reason why I have accomplished more than the 'average' 20 year old, is because since I was about 16, I've surrounded my self, worked with, and looked up to older, successful role models. As life went on I met more and more successful people, and at this stage of my life it has grown to a powerful circle of influence that is continuously rising in value. This is where the 'Your network is your net worth' saying comes from. Like I mentioned at the start, this can be amazing, but it can also be really, really, really bad when used incorrectly. This is because of my next point...
2. The Sixth Man Theory
If you hang around five millionaires, you will eventually become the sixth millionaire. If you hang around five dropkicks, you'll eventually become the sixth dropkick. Just like if all your friends do drugs, you will eventually find yourself doing drugs. Take a look at who you surround yourself with, and you'll notice that you life is a reflection of those people. Think about this carefully moving forward...
3. You Must Learn Who to Let Go
You need to cut out those who don't help you grow or move forward. If there's people in your life who hold you back, or aren't aligned with your goals, you need to just let them go.I don't mean this in an aggressive 'get out of my life forever' way (unless they're really damaging you like a drug addict or someone who's using you), I just mean that you need to stop spending time on or with these people. Stay in contact when you can, but make the right, important people your priority.
4. Find Good Mentors
If you are lucky enough to have a successful individual in your family or workplace, connect with them. I am lucky enough to have met people along my journey that have mentored me. It’s important to have at least one mentor in your life. They will give you honest advice, the hard truth about situations, help you out when you’re in need, have your back and ultimately they want you to grow and be more successful than they are. Teaching is the best way of learning, so don’t be afraid to reach out to people. I mentor some people and I enjoy it a lot.
5. Have Role Models
Whilst you likely won't physically be able to connect and spend time with these people, a great way to become successful and stay inspired is to pick a successful role model and do what they do. Be similar to the kind of person they are. Follow their steps and advice. My two favourite role models are Richard Branson and Tony Robbins. Pick someone in your business industry that you love to look up to and do as they do!
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Take a few short moments to think about your circle of influence. Who do you surround yourself with? Do they help you grow? Who could you add to your circle that will help you achieve your goals? Think about this and take action if you need to, because if you do nothing, by the time you realise you've made an error, it's going to be too late.