We need to replace the negative influences in our life with the elevated associations and experienced and successful people who inspire us to go further in the journey of success. As Mark Twain advised, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.”
We, humans, are social creatures and we raise or lower our performance levels based on the people around us in order to match their expectations and performance levels. In simpler words, our associations set our standards.
That’s why we need to connect with a league of extraordinary performers that forms a reference group for us. This will not only raise our game but also change our life.
This is the main reason why the elite and uber-successful amongst us form mastermind groups, attend workshops, join country clubs or exclusive online communities, and get involved with charitable organizations.
If we want to enhance our performance and productivity, then it’s wise to access a reference group of high-performing individuals.
Here’s a simple exercise that you can do. Reflect on your three Big Goals for this year. Then, evaluate the associations you have right now. Are they better than you? Do they share the same destination as you? Are they helping you go ahead in your journey or holding you back? Are they an engine or an anchor?
Dissociate if necessary, and get a clear idea of who you want to associate with in order to accomplish your goals.
As Donny Osmand said, “Always surround yourself with people who are better than you. If you’re hanging around bad people, they’re going to start bringing you down. But if you surround yourself with good people, they’re going to be pulling you up.”
In order to become an extraordinary achiever, we need to surround ourselves only with extraordinary achievers.