This quote spoke to me: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn (and many others)
The Bible also shares wisdom along these lines. Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. (1 Cor.15:33 CEV). This is the negative slant and we've often quoted this to our kids, however, it applies to us as well.
When you take stock on those you are spending time with, what do you see?
John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership refers to this principle as "The Law of the Inner Circle", which states that a leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him or her.
If this is true, are you living up to your potential?
If you want to succeed in your goals, you need to align yourself with others who have similar goals. This is not saying that you all need to look the same, talk the same and think the same. It does mean that you choose to keep company with those who have similar values, and a drive to grow, change, learn and develop.
For example, If you want to get in better shape, it's best not to hang around with your friends in the ice cream shop, but instead, hang with your gym friends.
If you want to maximize your potential and make an impact in the world, you need to surround yourself with others who are going to lift you up; not tear you down, so you can be the best version of you.
What shifts do you need to make to continue to move forward with your goals?