Most of us spend thousands of hours working on ourselves and striving for more. We have a vision and are going all out for it! We invest in our personal growth and development. We hire coaches. We may even do yoga or change our diet or exercise to put ourselves in a different space. We read books and attend trainings to discover what our next steps are to achieving happiness and success.
We strive to hone our skills and strengthen our energy, and yet it doesn’t stick. We continue to struggle to achieve our goals, which seem to be right there, and then we lose it! The goals we KNOW are in alignment with our purpose and passion and that are rightfully ours are always a step or two away.
One often overlooked area that negates all the work we do is the people we surround ourselves with.
When you think about your relationships what might first come to mind is your partner, children, and immediate family. And there is absolutely no doubt these people play an integral role in where you are today. Books have been written on the subject, and the self-healing involved in examining these relationships is something I believe all of us should examine on the roadway to conscious living.
However, beyond that, in order to maintain the higher energy of the work we do – to set a goal, achieve it, and keep it so we embody that new space of being – we need to take a look at ALL of our relationships and make conscious choices about who we let into our space.
Your friends are a great example. It can be wonderful having lifelong friends, friends that you’ve known since childhood. There is a familiarity, a security and a comfort in spending time with them. But odds are the person that met them 20 years ago is not the same person that you are today – particularly if you are consciously involved in personal growth and development.
I encourage you to take time now to evaluate if these friends know you as you were or as you are now.
How do you feel after you spend time with them?
The next place to take a look is your business friends – you have some, right? This is specifically a different role than your personal friends. Your business friends should be consciously hand-chosen and ideally be in a place you want to go. Pay attention to your conversations and how they view business and life.
Do you find yourself chatting it up with your business friends and it’s the same conversation you’ve always had? Do you find you are spending your time giving advice rather than getting it?
Your business friends should stretch you. What were the last three books or resources recommended to you? If you find you’ve outgrown or become stagnant with your business friends, it’s time to consciously up-level.
Protecting and controlling your energy is vital to your growth and success – and yes, that means guarding who you allow to enter your space.
It’s not always easy, but as you grow, it’s normal and healthy that the people you surround yourself with change too.
It’s up to you to make conscious choices on who you permit in your space and to go out with intention and find ones that push you to grow.
Comfort and safety is NOT the name of the game.
To create a successful environment working from home, running a business, or most importantly the life you choose to create, being conscious of the people and energy you allow in your space is the ultimate key to your success!