The people in your inner circle, the ones closest to you, have a profound effect on you. Your success, your mood, and the choices you make in life. Because of this, be discerning. Choose wisely.
Do your friends root you on?
How do your friends respond to your successes, setbacks, or when you tell them about a goal you’re going for? Do they root you on, say they believe in you, or if you’ve had a setback, tell you that you’ll do better next time?
Or do they:
- Point out where you’re going to fail?
- Tell you they never thought it was a good idea to begin with
- List all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it
- Do they feel compelled to tell you every way imaginable the ways in which it could go wrong?
Someone giving (asked for), and constructive criticism is different than a person being critical or closed-minded towards a new idea or venture. Don’t mistake the two. The person who’s in your corner is giving you constructive ways to look at something. Someone who’s criticizing you is just pointing out everything you’re doing wrong – in their eyes.
Choose wisely so you’re inspired by the people around you – it helps!
When the people around you are going for their own goals, pursuing their dreams or passions, it can be motivating. Sure, sometimes we look at someone and think, “Gee, I wish my life was going as well.”, especially if you’re going through a rough patch. But in the end, it demonstrates what’s possible.
It’s also a great example for you. What can you learn from their effort, their courage in pursuing what they want, and the steps they’ve taken? It’s easier to follow another person’s example of how they’ve been able to follow through, or dealt with challenges, than it is if you didn’t have this example.
The best friends are the ones who support you, but who also call you on your stuff
There’s nothing more valuable than a person who (lovingly) tells you where you’re not living your full potential. Not someone who criticizes you, but someone who says,” Hey, what’s going on with you? I know you’re capable of doing better.” And if you’re going through a challenging time, they’re willing to listen and let you talk it through.
Choose wisely – it makes a difference
Choose wisely. The best friends are the ones who celebrate your success, believe in you as a person, and help you get back on your feet when life knocks you down. Accept nothing less in your life.
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