A few months ago, I heard Stewart Emery speak at a private event and he declared something that I’ll never forget.
He said: “Environment always wins.”
Meaning, the closest people in your life and the places where you spend your time will always have the great influence over you and impact your reality in the deepest and most profound way…
What does this have to do with you?
I don’t think most people realize how powerful their environments are on their success and wealth.
To throw out another great quote (that I live by), Jim Rohn said:
“You are the AVERAGE of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
That should either scare the living day lights out of you or make you smile.
But here’s the thing… take it a step further. What if you were the average INCOME of the 5 people you spend the most time with?
Meaning, let’s say that the amount of money you are destined to earn was the average of 5 of your closest relationships.
Would you be satisfied with that?
The answer is probably NO!
But is it really true?
Do the people around you and the environments you spend time in really influence you that much?
Well… let’s take a look.
Have you ever wanted to go try something new that you’ve never done before? Maybe it’s going to take dance classes. Maybe it’s starting your own business. Maybe it’s getting a tattoo.
And when you shared this new-found desire with your closest kin, they didn’t have the same level of enthusiasm as excitement as you did.
Maybe the called the idea silly. Maybe they thought it wasn’t the right thing to do. Or maybe they just didn’t respond at all…
So what did you do?
Did you let their opinions change your desire or did you go ahead and do it anyways?
If you’re like just about everyone on the planet (myself included), you probably had the first experience. You started to doubt, change, or adjust the desire based upon the response of your inner-circle.
Now that doesn’t make you or them bad people. It’s just proof that our environment impacts the way we operate in the world.
This is important…
So if there is one thing I’ve learned over the last few years of generating over $1.7 million dollars in my business, it’s that the people and environments you surround yourself with are MEGA-IMPORTANT.
You need to be conscious of of where you spend your time and who you spend your time with. Period.
And if you don’t feel like these people and places are substantially ELEVATING your game and INSPIRING you to be bigger, better, and more bold…
Then you need to find new people and places to be.
Why I’m writing this post…
Because last night, I spent time with a really good friend Jonathan Budd (his blog is killer!)
And we talked business, new projects, what’s most important, and everything in between. And I left feeling so ALIVE, so INSPIRED, and so GRATEFUL for having someone like JB in my inner circle.
Which is what inspired me to take the time and write this little story for you. Which again, is solid proof that being around great people inspires you to do great things.
It’s a natural law…
Here’s a great exercise
Write down the 5 people you spend the most time with and the 3 environments you spend the most time in.
In regards to people, rate each of them on a scale of 1-10 in these categories (and don’t worry… they won’t see this):
- Wealth consciousness (1-10)
- Up to BIG things (1-10)
- Encouraging & positive (1-10)
- Health conscious (1-10)
In regards to your environment, rate each place on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:
- Feels abundant (1-10)
- Clean (1-10)
- Good energy (1-10)
- Positive & uplifting(1-10)
Then average your scores together in each category for each environment and person.
You CANNOT settle
An 8 (for each) should be your bottom line. No less…
YES… it will be difficult to change.
YES… it will be worth it.
YES… the types of people and environments you’ve always dreamed about are out there.
You simply need to be conscious, courageous, and caring enough realize what isn’t working and make a commitment to find the type of people and places that will lift you up.
So tell me…
What will you commit to doing after reading this post?
Be bold. Be courageous. And know that you deserve to be with people and in environments that support you playing at your highest.
Please share your thoughts below!
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