We have all heard the saying that we attract like-minded people or we surround ourselves with those like us. We have the freedom to choose who we surround ourselves with. I find it interesting when teenagers start going down the wrong path and their first response is often about how others do it. I am not even talking about peer pressure here, I am talking about full on accountability of our own decisions. With the precious freedom to be able to decide who we surround ourselves with, we should want to have those people who will influence us in a positive way. Those that want to see and help us succeed. In return, we should want to be that time of person to others. We are all looking for positive things in our life. We may define them in different ways which is a great thing but the truth is we are all searching. What I love is that when we find these influential people, we want to spend more time with them, we want to create a stronger connection. It is this connection that can really start to move us towards our goals and dreams.
I have tried hard to have people in my life who can uplift me, teach me, mentor me, bring positive influences when I need them most. As I have done so, I noticed that the connections I make lead to others who have a similar vision and passion. It becomes evident that the circle of influence is strong and real. We must take it seriously but also know that it is a living circle. We can add and take away from it. We have the freedom to do so. When we are teenagers, we often feel like many of our freedoms are not there. However, there is something very powerful about selecting good people to be in your life. Your parents, leaders and teachers will have a different view about you and your direction. That can create another level of freedom which can help lead you to happiness. Don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself.
Write a list of the people closest to you in your life right now. List some of the reasons they are so important to you, what have you learned from them, what would you like to learn from them? Take an assessment. If you are missing a key part of your goal puzzle, then go find it. Allow yourself today to find others that can bring positivity into your life. You deserve it. You need connections and positive ones are the type that will get you to where you want and can be.
Make it Happen!