I have shared below some words from the famous Jim Rohn on his thoughts about the Power of Association.
I think it is interesting that we are so influenced by the people that we associate with and sometimes don’t even notice it.
I had never considered this until I started my Personal Development Business and the more I educated myself the more I discovered that so many people live their lives in a negative bubble.
I now realize that I did this as well…I think back and cringe about the conversations that I had with friends and family. Why does this stuff always happen to me and it’s not fair why are they so lucky.
I now surround myself with people that are just like me..
*********that love sharing positive thoughts
*********that love creating 6 and 7 figure incomes
*********that love to show others how to do the same
*********that love being in the position to help Charities
*********that love that they are in control of their Lives
********* THEY JUST LOVE LIFE
So I ask you to listen carefully next time you are having a conversation with a close friend or family member and take note are they living their life in a Negative Bubble and more importantly are YOU doing the same.
If you want to make some major changes to your life you must take responsibility for your decisions and thoughts that have brought you to where you are right NOW.
Are you ready to move forward towards a more positive future?????
Then it is time to surround yourself with people that are living the LIFE that you want to LIVE.
You have two choices
1…To live your life surrounded by Negative Events
2…To live your life surrounded by Positive Events
I know which one I choose …What about YOU????
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Evaluating Your Associations
If you were to evaluate the major influences in your life that have shaped the kind of person you are, this has to be high on the list: the people and thoughts you choose to allow into your life. My mentor, Mr. Shoaff, gave me a very important warning in those early days that I would like to share with you. He said, “Never underestimate the power of influence.” Indeed, the influence of those around us is so powerful! Many times we don’t even realize we’re being strongly affected because influences generally develop over an extended period of time.
Peer pressure is an especially powerful force because it is so subtle. If you’re around people who spend all they make, chances are excellent that you’ll spend all you make. If you are around people who go to more ball games than concerts, chances are excellent that you’ll do the same thing. If you are around people who don’t read, chances are excellent that you won’t read. People can keep nudging us off course a little at a time until, finally, we find ourselves asking, “How did I get here?” Those subtle influences need to be studied carefully if we really want our lives to turn out the way we’ve planned.
With regard to this important point, let me give you three key questions to ask yourself. They may help you to make better analysis of your current associations.
Here is the first question: “Who am I around?” Make a mental note of the people with whom you most often associate. You’ve got to evaluate everybody who is able to influence you in any way.
The second question is: “What are these associations doing to me?” That’s a major question to ask. What have they got me doing? What have they got me listening to? What have they got me reading? Where have they got me going? What do they have me thinking? How have they got me talking? How have they got me feeling? What have they got me saying? You’ve got to make a serious study of how others are influencing you, both negatively and positively.
Here’s a final question: “Is that okay?” Maybe everyone you associate with has been a positive, energizing influence. Then again, maybe there are some bad apples in the bunch. All I’m suggesting here is that you take a close and objective look. Everything is worth a second look, especially the power of influence. Both will take you somewhere, but only one will take you in the direction you need to go.
It’s easy to just dismiss the things that influence our lives. One man says, “I live here, but I don’t think it matters. I’m around these people, but I don’t think it hurts.” I would take another look at that. Remember, everything matters! Sure, some things matter more than others, but everything amounts to something. You’ve got to keep checking to find out whether your associations are tipping the scales toward the positive or toward the negative. Ignorance is never the best policy. Finding out is the best policy.
Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the little bird. He had his wing over his eye and he was crying.
The owl said to the bird, “You are crying.”
“Yes,” said the little bird, and he pulled his wing away from his eye.
“Oh, I see,” said the owl. “You’re crying because the big bird pecked out your eye.”
And the little bird said, “No, I’m not crying because the big bird pecked out my eye. I’m crying because I let him.”
It’s easy to let influence shape our lives, to let associations determine our direction, to let pressures overwhelm us, and to let tides take us. The big question is: Are we letting ourselves become what we wish to become?
Next week, we’ll take a look at the three forms of disassociating from negative influences.