By Ryan Humphries
What if you could influence everyone around you?
(Spoiler Alert: YOU CAN)
Jim Rohn once said, we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. That is to say that our thoughts, behaviors, habits, and actions are a sort of combination of those we associate with the most.
The way we dress, the food we eat, the music we listen to, our income level, and how we respond to our environment is all relative to our social circles. We want to fit in. We want to belong. We don't want to rock the boat, and we really don't do well in isolation. Although we like to think that we're independent, we're also highly influenced by those close to us.
In fact, the number one thing that's been shown to influence how humans react to a given situation is how others around us react to the same situation. They freak out? We freak out. They laugh, we laugh.
Because of this, many take the easy way out. They blame others for not being where they want to be. As much as your social circle plays a key role in who you are, YOU also get to play a key role in who THEY are. Let's not get it twisted. If indeed we are indeed influenced by the five people we associate with most, then that means that those five people are also influenced by us. So whatever we're putting out into the world, we're receiving back at least five-fold. Because of the influence we have on those around us, there's a certain level of personal responsibility that we must accept for our own actions.
Long ago, before social distancing, pandemics, and quarantines, it was fairly easy to choose who we spent the most time with. Now, it's a little different. We don't necessarily get to choose. You may now be spending more time with your roommates, your family, or your new virtual hangout group.
However, even though you may not be able to choose exactly WHO you get to interact with right now, you can choose HOW those interactions unfold. You get to be the influence in those around you. Your reactions, your words, your body language, and your energy levels will directly influence those around you.
I suppose technically how they react to what we're putting out there is up to them, let's make it easy and just be good humans.
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