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  • Writer's pictureNicole Hutchison

Who do you spend the most time with?

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with“. ~Jim Rohn

In fact, research has proven that we are more influenced by those closest to us than we would like to think. We tend to look like, dress like, act like, think like, and talk like those we spend the most time with. Our values, beliefs, and choices are all very strongly influenced by our relationships, for better or for worse.

Take a few moments right now to consider who you spend the most time with, both online and in-person. Be honest with yourself. I encourage you to write your list down on a piece of paper. Your list may include work colleagues, family, friends, loved ones, authors, spiritual leaders, online communities or others. Remember, this list isn't about who you most admire or care for, but truly who you spend your hours with.

Now consider each person on your list. What are they like? What do you admire about them? Do you look forward to spending time with them? How do you feel when you're around them? Highlight those on your list that you would like to keep within your circle of five, and cross off those that you feel you should limit your time with. Our circle of five will shift over time as we grow and change, but those closest to us should always support and encourage us while also holding us accountable and challenging us to be better than we are today.

Our time is limited and precious. We have choice in who we spend our time with....choose wisely!

~Nicole Hutchison, PT, CSCS, Health Coach, Integrative Nutrition Coach

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