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Change Your Company, Change Your Business

by | Oct 9, 2012 | Blog, Mindset | 14 comments

Change Your CompanyI recently wrote about Networking Superstars, the community I have been a part of for the past few months.

I’m also an active member of Ultimate Blog Challenge‘s Facebook group, and am participating in this month’s UBC – 31 posts in 31 days.

Next month, I’m planning on working on my first fiction title, and joining National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where the challenge is to write a novel of 50,000 words in one month – November.

No, I’m not a challenge junkie, nor do I class myself as a masochist.

However, I do know about a thing or two about the power of the company you keep.

I’ve been in a team leadership position for many years, and can tell you that each team has a slightly different dynamic.  What’s even more fascinating is how those dynamics shift right along side the ebbs and flows of the team members’ individual energy, motivation and general state.

Just like the common cold, state is contagious.  Not only is state contagious, but the layer of subjectivity through which we perceive the world around us also changes as a result of influence from the groups we hang out with.

Remember when your mother told you not to hang out with Mike / Michelle from down the street because they were a bad influence? Well, it turns out mother was right all along (isn’t she always?).

Getting influenced happens to adults, business owners, seasoned veterans just as much as it happens to young kids.

Given this human propensity to get influenced, who would you rather hang out with?

On those forums where everyone is constantly complaining, looking for that shiny new silver bullet, and continuously telling themselves it’s not their fault that they are not successful?  You know, the ones where we can all see it is more ‘lazy’ than ‘limiting belief’?

Or would you rather jump ship and find like-minded individuals who take responsibility for their success AND failure, don’t get into the blame game, don’t indulge in regret, but have a philosophy of continuous learning and moving forward?

Children are not the only ones that learn by example.  We do too.  We, consciously or unconsciously, take on the traits, language patterns and even opinions of those we spend a lot of time with.

Have a good, hard look at the company you keep, especially in and around your business.  Ask yourself those difficult questions: do they energize you, encourage you, teach you, learn from you or otherwise bring value to the time you have together and to your relationship?

If not, what is it costing you?

You don’t realize how much an energy vampire could be impacting your business until you swap them out.

Replace them with high productivity, driven individuals who have high enthusiasm for their businesses, healthy respect for themselves, and keep their ego well under control by continuously learning and stepping out of their comfort zone.

This is why I’m part of Networking Superstars, participate in blog challenges, and will work very hard to be part of NaNoWriMo.

It is because I love being surrounded by people who strive for success, who take on challenges, and thrive on learning and success.  I know I will subliminally be influenced by them, so I pick the best gang to hang out with.

It’s growing my business, growing me personally, and the best part is that I’m having the time of my life!

Are you aware of who is influencing you and how that influence could be shaping you and your business?