If you take inventory of my close friends you will recognize similarities. They are driven, independent, strong, considerate, and have a sparkling sense of humor. My friends and I push one another to pursue our dreams, love each other through life’s challenges, and laugh relentlessly. Think about your inner circle. Consider those with whom you spend the majority of your time. What similarities exist between your circle of friends and what do these similarities suggest about your personality?
If you find yourself surrounded by people who are always talking about what they are going to do, but rarely act, what does this imply about the steps you take—or don’t take—in your own life? If you and your friends spend happy hour being unhappy and complaining about every single thing imaginable, what does that indicate about your level of gratitude? If you are often in the company of gossips, what does that suggest about the type of information you seek to fill your mind? Your inner circle is a direct reflection of you.
Sadly, some of us are more selective about material things than our relationships. I know someone who will only drive a Cadillac. I know someone else who only buys Coach purses. As a kid, I knew someone who would only purchase Nike shoes. If we can be that specific and certain about what kind of car we drive, what kind of purse we carry, and what kind of shoes we wear, surely we can stand to be a lot more careful about the company we keep. We are responsible for the influences that we allow in our lives, including the relationships we cultivate. Be mindful and take inventory of your inner circle.