My friend (and business partner) Dustin Hillis recently wrote a great article on how to harness mind over matter to believe anything is possible.
Dustin breaks it down into the following steps:
- Create an Unlimited Belief Environment
- Have Faith in a Confidence Anchor
- Stop Thinking About Yourself
In his first step, Dustin explores a topic that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently: in order to stay positive, you have to stop hanging around negative people. Many of my clients struggle with keeping an upbeat attitude – and when we dig into it, often this stems from those they surround themselves with. It’s almost impossible to reach your potential when you are surrounded by negativity. Sometimes, one of the toughest things we have to do to change our mindset is to recognize who around us is dragging us down with their constant negative attitudes.
Here’s what Dustin says:
Negativity breeds negativity.
Sadly, most people don’t want other people to succeed beyond what they have succeeded. People are innately programmed to be socially competitive. People want you to believe that being “normal” and mediocre is better than being “abnormal” and successful. If you want to break loose of this crazy conundrum of society… make a decision to stop spending time with people who are negative, make fun of you, hold you back and don’t want to see you succeed.
You will be as successful as your five best friends.
You must surround yourself with people who have unlimited belief, people who only lift you up and encourage you, and people who have your best interest in mind and want to see you succeed.
Well said, Dustin. Are you surrounded by negativity, or do those around you truly have your success and best interests in mind? Do they back it up with their words and actions? I challenge you to spend some time thinking about the attitudes of those around you – and how are they affecting your own outlook.
Until next time – go sell some stuff!