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Your Circle of Influence

February 2, 2015

When people talk about others, I can hear them speak about themselves.

                                        -Michael Sams                                                                                                          

I have dedicated an entire section in my book, The Optimist’s Edge, to the power of words and how they can either be used as poison, or as an elixir to lift you and those around you up. If you pay attention and listen closely, people they will tell you exactly who they are. You also have the power of intuition and this power can be used to discern whether someone is the kind of person you want to spend your time with. Start listening to the words being spoken by those in your circle of influence.

Usually when someone is in the habit of speaking unkindly about others, it is their personal problem and an indicator that they may be speaking unkindly of you when you’re not around.   It is also a direct indicator of how they feel about themselves on the inside.

A few years ago, I heard someone say that you are the sum total of the five people you hang around most.  I have heard this several times since and each time I hear it I am forced to take a look at the importance of spending the majority of my time with like-minded and positive people who don’t waste their time (or words) on gossip or negativity.

When you spend time focusing on yourself and on building positive reciprocal relationships, you don’t have much time to criticize others anyway! Get out there, get busy and get yours! If you feel like you have people in your life that are dragging you down, minimize the time you spend with them and maximize the time you spend with people who make you feel invigorated, happy, joyful and supported and do your best to be that person for someone else!

Copyright 2015   Robin B. O’Grady

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