You Become the People You Surround Yourself With

In one of the countless seminars I've attended, a speaker shared with us John Wooden's famous quote, “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”

Then another speaker added, "Your income is the average of the five people closest to you."

That's why when I read this article, I was reminded why I made a conscious effort to seek out mentors, to read books, to attend seminars, and to spend more time with people who encourage me, who challenge me, and who nourish me emotionally and spiritually (and avoid those who are negative and who discourage me from my dreams).

"If you spend the most time with people who are consumed by calorie-counting and their appearance, you’ll probably start watching your food and nit-picking your body.
"If you spend the most time with people who bash their bodies and themselves, you’ll probably start looking at yourself with disappointed, angry eyes.
"If you spend the most time with people who don’t respect your privacy, like to gossip and are very judgmental, you’ll probably feel alone and hesitate to open up to anyone. You may even view humanity with some suspicion and dread.
"If you spend the most time with people who love to laugh, really listen to their loved ones and practice self-care, you’ll probably feel more fulfilled and energized yourself.
"If you spend the most time with people who love you for the real you, you might be inspired to turn this love inward and start the process of loving yourself.
"It’s the same with the shows we watch, the books we read, the places we go, the things in our homes. We often are our environments. That’s why I suggest recycling diet books and “health” publications and creating a home that nourishes you and helps you feel good about yourself."

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Article: Reflecting on the People in Your Life by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS