Friday, August 3, 2012
“You Become the People You Surround Yourself With”
Surround yourself with people you want to become like. Wisely choose the company you keep. Be unyielding in surrounding yourself with those who bring out the best in you, your life’s direction depends on it. Remember to have the courage to be a friend and mentor to others.
There’s an interesting idea in the psychology and success field which states that over time, you will become the average of the five people that you associate with most closely. We begin to act, speak, and think the same as the closest circle of friends around us.
Who are you associating with? Imagine your circle of friends through the next year, the next five to ten years, or a whole lifetime. Are you growing together each day in faith, character, and service? Are those around you leaders, self-starters? How do they inspire you daily to be the best in health and wealth?
Mentors, they shape our lives. My father, Col. Troy D. Woodbury, was the hero and mentor of my life. When we walked down Church St. in Nashville, TN as a boy, everyone would pass by and greet my dad and say, “Hello, Col. Woodbury”. My other hero was James R. Byrd who always said, “It will get better”. Today, one of my mentors is Dan Schwala. He is a walking example of a man of faith, a successful man, and someone who lives a life of service to others. He is a truly a brother to me.
There are many names of others I may list, and I realize that my circle is full of friends who are passionate about their work, lives, faith, and skills. They are people who make daily commitments and live to be the best in every area of their lives. They are stewards of the many gifts given to them. This circle is so strong, I constantly check my own life to see if I am living up to their examples.
How does this ultimately change us? After we create our circle of strength, we find that we begin to increase in character, vision, and passion for life. We begin to look for ways to give better service to all those we come in contact with.
OK, have a little courage and take a look around you. Spend a week looking at those you spend your greatest time with and ask yourself some powerful questions. Then, visualize that you are be just like those around you in 50 years. It will take courage, prayer, counsel, and strength, yet you will find your life will change as you surround yourself with a circle of light and energy.
Next week: Grandma Moses
David Earl Woodbury
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