“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”― Jim Rohn
This quote by Jim Rohn, famous motivational author and speaker, is one that I think of often for myself in my own life and in my coaching with clients. The impact that our relationships have on us is strongly supported by research. How often to we really stop to think about who we spend our time with, though?
Take a moment now to think about how you spend the majority of your time...who are the five people that you spend the most time with? Consider your relationships both online and offline. Do you spend time on social media, reading, listening to podcasts, or watching videos by specific individuals or groups of people? The five people you spend the most time with may not be close, personal friends or family that you hang out with physically. Your list may include social groups, an author or YouTuber that you've never even met.
Carefully consider each "person" on your list. How do you feel when you're with them? Do they support you in your goals and dreams? Do they offer honest, constructive criticism and accountability when you need it? Do they challenge you to be a better person? Or do they keep you stuck in negative, unhealthy patterns?
Now think about who you would like to spend more time with. You may not be able to completely eliminate spending time with someone on your list, but you do have a choice about how much time you spend with them. You can also choose to bring new people into your circle that you want to have more influence in your life. Being intentional about who you spend your time with can ultimately support you in achieving your personal goals, whatever they may be.
~Nicole Hutchison, PT, CSCS, Holistic Health & Integrative Nutrition Coach