Stop now. Don't overthink it.
Who do you spend the most time with? Five people. Go.
Paint me a portrait of them. What do you admire about them? What do you loathe? What do you love? What do you dislike?
If you put them around you in a circle and tied a string from you to each one that represented a quality of theirs. Would you like those connections? Would the strings that bring you strength outweight those that weigh you down?
I first heard this quote in the context of exercise... your exercise regimen is related to that of those you hang out with.
Then I heard it in relation to drug resitivism. Get out clean, go home to druggie friends, end up a druggie friend.
We are who we associate with.
Stop now. Don't over think it.
What qualities do you want to be known for?
Who has those qualities?
How can you spend more time with those people?
We have to be intentional to become who we want to be. At some point in life it isn't about what courses we take, what degrees we have, what we do. At some point it's about how we live, who we are, who we choose to be.
Who do you choose to be? Do you have the community you need to be that person?
I'm lucky. I've intentionally created a community around me of amazing people. I was lucky early on to have good, wonderful friends around me who spread love, and humor, and strength. I held that in my heart as I went to college and then grad school and then graduated.
As an entreprenuer and business owner, I choose who I am around.
I can never give that up now that I've tasted it. I have amazing, bautiful people around me. An intentional community made up of those within my company at Launch Wellness and thse without. I am grateful every day for these people.
The best part? Good people are everywhere. You just have to seek them out. Let go of your fear of rejection, or your worry about perception, and introduce yourself. Say "hello." Drop them an email telling them what you like about them. Open your heart and amazing things will happen.
Pretty soon you'll be amazed by what surrounds you.
Pretty soon you'll be amazed by who you can become.