On a recent day, I was having an extremely busy morning and was scheduled to meet a friend for lunch. Whatever craziness could have happened that morning before my lunch meeting, actually did. You know how it is; you’re juggling multiple things at once; you could really use a twin of you? Well that’s the kind of morning I had and it was an hour long drive to get to my lunch meeting. Under normal circumstances I might have thought about rescheduling. But this lunch was different. There was no way I was going to miss being with this friend. She is an absolutely high quality, inspirational person. Even though it’s a fairly new friendship, from the moment we connected, I knew she was a fantastic person. She makes me think, positively challenges me to be my best; she motivates me and makes me feel like I can take on the world! Do you have people in your life that make you feel the same way?
It is often said that you are the average of the 5 people that surround you. Are you looking to grow in your professional life? If the answer is yes, who are you learning from and who are you networking with? For your personal relationships, do you have people that support you, love you for who you are, imperfections and all? Do you feel that they would be there for you through the good and challenging times, not just the high times?
My most recent lunch meeting made me think about the importance of having quality people in our life. Any day, I’d rather have a tight-knit, small inner circle of people in my life that positively lift me way up in life, over a bunch of people that just surround me, that don’t positively contribute to my life.
So take a look around you! With the closest 5 people that surround you, ask yourself if they do one or more of the following for you:
- Inspire you to be the best version of you.
- They are there for you through both the great times and challenging times in life.
- They are loyal and full of integrity and you have no worries where they stand with you.
- You learn something from them and they positively challenge you in life.
- They care for you and love you, just as you are, imperfections and all.
In order to be your best, you must surround yourself with the best! You deserve the best and nothing less!
What are your thoughts about having quality personal and professional relationships in your life? What quality of people surround you currently in life? I would love to hear from you!