Whether we like it or not, we are greatly affected by our environment.
Step 8 of the 21 Steps to Success Guaranteed to Change Your Life involves changing your environment.
Let me start first by talking about the importance of the company you keep. Personal development expert Jim Rohn once said, ” You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Does it not make sense then to choose those people wisely?
Those closest to us or those we choose to keep company with, affect our decisions, our confidence level, and our way of thinking. If success is the chosen path, then you want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with positive, successful people who motivate and inspire you.
Now, I am personally not suggesting that if your loved ones don’t fit the bill that you separate yourself from them. What I do suggest however is that you find people, events, mentors who motivate and inspire and make sure that you make that a huge part of your life. Join a mastermind event. Choose not to go out for drinks after work with the co-workers that complain and complain rather with those with dreams, who choose to see the gold in situations. Why not choose to go places where people will educate and mentor you rather than bring you down and crush your dreams?
… and regarding those people that you might not want to or be able to eliminate from your life,
be it a loved one or someone in the next cubicle…
when they are complaining about their taxes,
why not YOU be the one that chooses not to complain, to shed positive light on the conversation and teach and mentor them when you can? Your positive ball of energy may just overpower the negativity!
Some other ways you can change your environment:
De-clutter . Cluttered, disorganized spaces hinder success. The emotions created mirror the environment.
Surround yourself with motivational visualization tools like a Vision Board (See my previous post here)
When you are feeling stuck, change your environment and spend some time in nature. This simple change and act of disconnecting even if for a short period of time can free your mind, release negative emotions that you may be feeling and re-energize you.
Take some time immediately to take a look at your environment. Be honest about where you can make some positive changes.
To your success and outrageous goals,