We all have heard of the famous Jim Rohn quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Our quality of life, health, attitude, perspective, relationships, income and impact can be easily be measured by looking at the people who we hang out with.
And that’s why it’s so important that the people whom we admire the most are the same ones that we spend most of our time with.
The conversations that we pay attention to and the beliefs and opinions that we absorb are largely dependent on who we surround ourselves with.
We end up becoming like the people we associate with. If you spend time with people who eat junk food and gossip all the time, hang out with them enough and soon you’ll find yourself grabbing burgers, pizza, nachos and chili cheese fries, and gossiping about others as well.
On the flip side, if you spend enough time with people who eat healthy, read inspiring books and are sincere about their personal development and professional growth, who constantly discuss new ideas and insights that they learn here in The Daily Apple and talk about their ambitions about their work, you’ll start imbibing their healthy habits, behaviors, attitudes and success mindset over time via osmosis.
Jim Rohn advises us to ask ourselves these three important questions to make a better evaluation of our current associations:
- Who am I around?
- What are these associations doing to me?
- What have they got me doing?
- What have they got me reading?
- What have they got me listening to?
- What have they got me saying?
- Where have they got me going?
- What do they have me thinking?
- What do they have me becoming?
- Is that okay?
If the answer is not okay, then it’s time to cut the bad apples from your life. Dissociating is not easy and definitely not something that you should take lightly, but in some cases, it’s essential to preserve the quality of your life and your success. Sometimes, it’s important to make the hard choices to not let certain negative influences affect you anymore.