You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – Jim Rohn.
Personal connections and relationships are more important than ever. The last months and years have forced us to move personal encounters to virtual ones. There might have been benefits of this development – and sometimes, the virtual option was the only one to stay in touch at all. However, in the long run, nothing can replace the resonance that happens of tw people meet. And it’s exactly this resonance, the feeling of belonging, it’s our realtionships that carry us through life – and difficutlt times.
So I guess it’s time to focus on our relationships, to approach each other again. It’s also a good time to check, who we have missed – and who we might want to say goodbye to in the future.
Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with?
And how do you feel after meeting these people? Inspired? Supported? Challenged?
Or rather exhausted, tense, empty?
Who are the people who lift you up, who inspire you?
How could you spend more with them or reconnect?
Relationships are the greatest power in our life.
The regular exchange with friends and people close to us reduces stress. Socialising is proven to be one of the best coping strategies.
And talking personal development, we can take advantage of the fact that we are influenced and shaped by our environment.
What would you like more of in your life? Which qualities and values would you like to develop further?
What do you admire other people for? And how much time do you spend with people who are already living these qualities?
Most fears are caused by uncertainty and the unknown.
To take subsequent actions, you may need to step out of your comfort zone. On the one hand it is sometimes difficult for us – because we need connections to people – to terminate or reduce relationships that cost us energy to a minimum.
On the other hand, it can feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable to approach people we do not know and who look at things from a different perspective – because the unknown causes insecurity and sometimes even fear.
It is easier to surround oneselfs with the known – and to seek relationships with people who confirm us in what we already are and do. But if we want to develop further, we don’t need encouragement and confirmation for what we already are, but challenge and impulse for what we want to be. So if it feels weird, welcome the uncertainty with open arms – because it is your indicator that you are on the right track.
Take a few minutes today to think about the quality of your relationships – and what you could change to blossom (even more) with them in the future.
Sometimes your don’t have to change yourself to feel better – sometimes you simple have to change the environment.