Do you ever think about who you are hanging around? They may be family or friends you have known forever. They may be people from work. Or they may be people you met through your son’s soccer game. But are they positive influences in your life? What is the attitude they have? Are they supportive? Are they helping you grow and prosper? And are you being a positive influence back?
Choose to be around positive influences
I had the pleasure this past weekend of being around some amazing women. It was a long weekend with seemingly endless meetings. First starting with the board meeting of the Atlanta Area Council of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), then with a monthly seminar with Life Leadership, and also with a team meeting. I chose to surround myself with these women who are talented in their careers, supportive of one another, and who are positive influences. And those positive influences made what could have been a long, tiring weekend an amazing experience. We all chose to help each other grow and prosper. We all chose to have a great attitude.
“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life” ~ Joel Olsteen
Life is about experiences and relationships. You have a choice. And you can choose to be around people who make positive influences in your life. But do you select that option? Consider the above quote. Are you grateful for the positive influences around you? If not you might need to get involved with other people. Some people are often amazed when they learn about the activities I volunteer for. And they are more amazed when they find out many of the volunteer time is given outside of the typical work day.
Some of my best meetings are on the weekend. During these meetings I have met so many amazing people that I have great relationships with. I am grateful for the relationships I have built and the experiences I have with them.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill
You develop the mindset of those you are around
Would you be willing to volunteer your time during the weekend if you knew the experience would be awesome? Or would you be so upset because you were constantly thinking of everything else you could be doing? Be open to being a positive influence and you might amaze yourself. Yes, it might take work. Yes, it might be volunteering your time.
Consider how you could be a positive influence outside of your typical work environment if you chose to be that positive influence around other like-minded people one weekend a month? Do you think it could help you to grow and prosper? Do you think it could help in your relationships with the other people you are constantly around? It could if you continuously create the mindset. Like the quote by Zig Ziglar says, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
Sometimes you need to sacrifice your time to create that positive influences. Every once in a while you need to do something different that is a positive experience with people who can provide positive influences. Having a positive mindset starts with a good attitude. But being around people who are positive influences helps you to continuously maintain the mindset. Being around positive influences helps you to keep a good attitude. And that positive influence and good attitude can spur amazing results.
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” ~ Wade Boggs
Continue the chain reaction of positive influences
The next time you have the chance to be around people who can provide you with a positive experience, consider accepting the experience. I just registered for an ABWA Spring Regional Conference. I am so looking forward to another amazing weekend soon with some women who are positive influences on me.