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Your circle is significant. Who is in your circle?

There is a profound saying: “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” This idea isn’t just about social circles; it’s about influence and the personal ecosystems we cultivate around ourselves.

Take a moment to consider the people closest to you. Who are they? Do they lift you higher, or do they pull you down? Are they helping you to achieve your goals, or are they barriers to your success? It’s essential to identify not only who supports and challenges you but also who might be sapping your energy or enthusiasm.

I often pose a question to my children when they introduce someone new into their lives: “How does this person make you a better person?” It’s a crucial inquiry that highlights the impact of our associations. But this reflection shouldn’t stop with others; turn that lens back on yourself. Ask, “Am I someone who uplifts those around me?” Your energy and attitude can be just as contagious.

A 2006 study illustrated this point by introducing a negative individual into groups tasked with a project. Unsurprisingly, each group’s productivity dropped. This experiment shows how a single person’s negativity can ripple through an entire team, affecting outcomes and morale.

So, what are you tolerating in your life? Are you contributing positivity or negativity to your group? Imagine the possibilities if you consciously chose to surround yourself with positive influencers and strived to be one yourself.

This week, take stock of your closest associations and make a conscious decision to foster relationships that are nurturing and positive. Consider what you bring to those relationships as well. Elevating your circle and being a source of positive energy not only transforms your life but can also ripple out to transform others.

Here’s to being and surrounding ourselves with the best influences – because the quality of our lives depends significantly on the company we keep.

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