The people you hang out with the most can lift you up as much as they can bring you to destruction. They are crucial to your mental health, your physical and emotional health, your spiritual health, and your personal success. They can either inspire you or drain you. For this reason, pick your friends wisely. Here are three compelling reasons to hang out with the right company of friends.
The Right People Will Lessen Your Stress
Stress is a part of our daily lives. We start to experience it even as infants. How effectively we can manage stress in our lives, though, depends on the type of people we surround ourselves with. If we always hang out with people who themselves do not know how to deal with stress properly, we will end up having to deal with more stress. On the other hand, the right kind of people can be a huge stress relief. They are fun to be with, are optimistic, and always exude a confident and an encouraging vibe. They are not insusceptible to stress themselves, but because of their positive attitude, they have an amazing way of slashing stress and using their energy to find ways to improve their lives rather than use it to worry.
The Right People Will be there to Support You
Every person needs a support system that consists of either colleagues, friends, relatives, or direct family members. It is crucial to have a support system that consists of the right people. They can offer you either emotional, moral, spiritual, or even financial support. They will be the one who will back you up in difficult times. They will be the one to show you love when you need love. Most importantly, they will be the one to offer you counsel when you are going through a difficult challenge in your life.
You Are Who You Surround Yourself With
There is a theory going around saying you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Whether or not it is accurate, the point is that it is crucial to surround yourself with the right group of people. As much as possible, you would want to surround yourself with people who can empower you and encourage you. You would want to surround yourself with people who can elevate you instead of bring you down. The right people will not only help you elevate your thinking, but they can also inspire you to dream and become more creative with your ideas and vision. To put it simply, if you want to be a successful person, make it a habit of hanging out with successful people. If you want to improve your health, hang out with people who are in better shape than you are. If you want to be the best salesperson in the world, allow yourself to be mentored by the greatest salesperson you know.
It Requires a Conscious Decision
When it comes to choosing who you want to be in your inner circle of friends, the authority belongs to no one, but you. You can choose whether you want to be friends with people who are optimistic or people who are always depressed. You can choose whether you want to hang out with people who know how to steward their finances or people who do not know how to handle money. And you can choose whether you want to be surrounded with people who have dreams and goals in life or with people who do not know what they want and where they are going. It takes a lot of effort to choose people who you want to become. The key is to make a conscious decision and to make that decision today.
I believe that each person is unique and that we all have our own consciousness. However, I also believe that no matter how skillful, talented, and resourceful you are, your success in life will be largely determined by the kind of people you surround yourself with. You do not necessarily have to have too many friends in order to achieve success in life – you just have to choose wisely who to hang out with. As the ancient proverb goes to say,
“A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24
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