Eliz Greene

Who Surrounds You?

There is a familiar quotation from the legendary author and speaker Jim Rohn, had a famous saying:

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Think about it.  Who do you spend most of your time with – day in and day out?  Are those people supportive of your goals?  My good friend Thom Singer wrote an excellent post today about the importance of connecting with people to lift you up. He writes:

Mr. Rohn was right.  If you are engulfed by self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and negativity, it can be a result of the input you are receiving from others.  The reverse is true too, as if you are inspired to take action, excited about the future, and positively focused…. you are most likely spending time with the right people.

Read Thom’s post on his Some Assembly Required Blog

Thom is right too.  Trying to lose weight is much more difficult if you are surrounded by people who entice you to eat more and eat the wrong things.  However, being more active is easier if you are surrounded by people who will invite you out for a walk or a bike ride.  This is why programs such as Weight Watchers work so well.  Being with people who share and support your goals is important.

Take a moment to think about your five people.  Who are they? How supportive are they?  If you aren’t getting the support you need, seek out other people.  That doesn’t mean you have to leave behind your first five entirely, but rather develop connections to those who will lift you up.

Support, of course, is a two-way street.  One of the best ways to cultivate supportive relationships is to give, and give generously of your time and insight.  As Thom suggests, joining an association, a community group, or a support group such as Weight Watchers can be a great way to meet new, like-minded and similarly goal-oriented people.

Your turn:  What have you done to create an environment of support?

Please share your thoughts in a comment below.


About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.


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