It’s important to acknowledge the power of a positive attitude. This goes not only for yourself, but also for the people you surround yourself.
Attitudes are catchy. Whether they’re positive or negative, they’re rubbing off on you.
If you’re around people who complain, judge, spread negative gossip, blame others, and play victim roles, chances are you do, too.
Who are you around most?
Are they achieving their dreams or complaining about their circumstances? Do they look up to others who are go-getters and high achievers, or do they make fun of them and roll their eyes? How do they treat you?
If you’re spending time with people who don’t support your dreams and goals, it’s seriously time to look at whom you call your friends and start networking to up-level your circle of influence.
Successful people surround themselves with successful people, plain and simple. They want to be around others who are achieving goals and making things happen. They want to know their secrets and strategies for winning. They’re not embarrassed to be hanging out with people who are studying for success and making good money.
You, too, need to surround yourself with positive influences. Join the clubs that other successful people are in, learn what they’re learning. It doesn’t matter from what walk of life you are coming. Show up and transform yourself into an achiever! Success isn’t just for those who have had it easy, who came from supportive homes, or who had expensive educations. There are so many successful people who rose up from very poor conditions and overcame obstacles to achieve the goals they set their sights on.
But they didn’t get there by hanging out with negative energy drainers!
Have you been limiting your success by letting yourself become influenced by other people’s negative energy?
Make a list of all the people you spend time with and make a note of the kind of personality they have. How many negative people are you around every day? How many people on your list are achieving their dreams, supporting yours, and taking responsibility for their lives? You’re better off spending time alone than with people who hold themselves back with a victim mentality.
Simply stop spending time with the negative people on your list. Join the clubs that will put you in with a positive circle of friends. Set a new standard for yourself and don’t become friends with people who fall below that standard. Invite your old friends to come with you, and you’ll know who has potential and who to stop being around entirely.
You have to take responsibility for this area of your life. Look around you at the people you call friends. Does it make you proud? Are you selling yourself short? Or are you on the right track?
Starting TODAY, make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive, nourishing, and uplifting people—people who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams, and applaud your victories. Surround yourself with possibility thinkers, idealists, and visionaries!
As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre—and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. Jack is America’s #1 Success Coach and wrote the life-changing book The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be and speaks around the world on this subject. Follow Jack at www.jackcanfield.com and sign up for his free resources today!
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