My dream of becoming a motivational speaker has led me to understand how important it is to align oneself with people who support my dreams — because it is just too easy to lose track of one’s goals.
Have you heard the quote:
Tell me what company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are.
~ by Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616)
There is a certain amount of truth to this statement.
People naturally emulate certain habitual ways of the company they keep. It’s not on purpose, and you may not see it immediately, but over time there will be differences in the way you speak and how you spend your free time. Haven’t you seen married couples who have been married for a long time who dress similar?
Our surroundings influence us more than we realize.
If you surround yourself with people who are positive go-getters, you will find yourself striving for more with an attitude of “I can do this!” The same can be said if you spend your time with people who are derogatory and melancholy — watch how you care less about your life and resist constructive change.
In relationships, birds of a feather tend to flock together…or so they say. When we are younger and have the influence of parents to guide us and be our solid foundation, we can hang around with friends who have behaviors we don’t like.
In school, I had friends who did things I didn’t agree with and I was tempted to just give in to their habits of smoking and drinking, but my inner strength and the support of my family kept me solid in my beliefs.
But as we age it becomes easier to pick up bad habits from those people we surround ourselves with because they seem okay in our social circle. It’s a slippery rope where often we don’t recognize when we are sliding — until we wake up one day and wonder what has happened to our life … to our hopes … to our dreams.
To be successful in achieving your dreams you have to find positive people who will support you and your efforts.
It’s the idea behind 8 Women Dream. Catherine’s dream was that if people don’t have anyone to support their dreams, they could come to this website and we would cheer them on.
We write from our hearts to encourage you to take a chance on yourself and your dreams.
But I implore you to search for people in your world who ooze loyalty, give love, practice kindness, bestow respect, live from conviction, and shower you in empathy. Find people who will lovingly support your dreams and are passionate to help you achieve them. Seek out the company of those who demand that you become better and hold you accountable to your dream commitments. I promise you these people are out there!
Even a true, supportive friend wont mind if you ask for dream help.
Blanket your soul with people who want what you want out of life, whose passions resonate with you, who demand that you step up to the task at hand — and watch how quickly your dreams come true.
Surround yourself with greatness and expect it of yourself.
Just pursue it,
Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves. You can find Sue on her Twitter page @Sue_Levy.
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