During the busy summer months, the blessings of freedom and friendship are fresh. My mentor, Jim Rohn, used to say, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Take a moment to determine the core values most important to you. Now, think about the 5 major influencers in your life, outside of family. Are these core values represented in this group?
I want to be around people that inspire me. I want to be around people that bring the joy. Sure, they might bust my chops, but I know they genuinely want for my happiness and will go out of their way to bring it. They have a big heart and enjoy being in the presence of others. They love to laugh. They build me up and pick me up when I am down.
Nature tends to select for us if we aren’t deliberate in our choosing. So here is where the personal challenge comes in. If I expect to attract these people into my life, I must live these values. So, every day I strive to be this person. That is who I aspire to be but often fall short because I am human and fallible. The criteria should be a guide to help ensure that you are surrounding yourself with people that bring joy and value into your life.