Dear friend, your future is a manifestation of your present deeds. You can know your future by your present actions. You can transform your future by changing your present life. However, change is one of the most difficult things to experience.

Many people cannot tolerate drastic changes in their lives. Because of the uncertainties that come with change, people are uncomfortable with it. If you want to change your tomorrow, you need to commence the changes today. Here is a vital step to help you realize a more fruitful tomorrow.

You Are the Sum of the 5 People You Spend Most of Your Time With

Perhaps you have heard this before, if you did, then this is a great reminder that I have found to be true. If you want to know your future, look at the lives of the people you are presently with. The people around you have a direct influence on your life. You acquire some of their attitudes, principles and practices. You are like a small child that imbibes the practices of the adults around. When you associate with dishonest people, eventually you alter your own values and acquire their dishonesty.

However, if you associate with honest people, their honesty reinforces your own personal values. The kinds of people you share your life with have a powerful impact on your present actions and your future life. Because of their great impact on your life, it is very crucial that you know them very well. Once you know their influence on you, you will know how to use it to your own advantage.

The notion that you are the sum of the people with who you associate is often a neglected subject when dealing with human psychology. Although this is not novel thinking, people keep on ignoring the impact of others on their lives. The people you are with can elevate you as much as they can pull you down. The first step to change your future today is to know the five people from your core circle. In order for you to see their impact on your life, here are the steps that you can take.

Identify the Five people you spend most of your time with
Because you are the sum of the people around you, you need to be careful who you spend most of your time with. Although some of them are indispensable in your life, like your parents or siblings, try to spend as little time as possible with people who can have a negative impact on your future life. Other people that you may frequently spend your time with are your friends, office mates or schoolmates and your special someone. Each person may have a different answer when asked to identify the five people they spend most of their time with, but it will mostly revolve around these groups.

Identify the Qualities of these Five People
Once you have identified the five people in your life, try to assess each one’s personality. Look at every aspect of their life. Look at their family relationships, their dedication to work or school, their attitude towards problems and their outlook on life. Getting to know these people will help you know yourself better.

Identify the attitudes you share with these five people in your life
After knowing your core circle and their special attributes, try to assess your own life. What positive and negative characteristics do you possess? To whom can you relate your characteristics? When you are able to identify the major influence in that character trait, then you can do something about it. If you want to enhance a positive attribute coming from one of your core groups, then try to get closer to the person. The more time you spend with him/her, the better you can imitate that attitude. However, if you see mostly negative attributes in your core group, better reconsider your relationship with them.

Everyone needs a tribe. However, your tribe must exert a good influence on your life if you are to benefit from it. If you are in bad company, your future is at risk. Your choices today including your choice of company have a direct effect on your life. If you want to know your future, look at the lives of the people you spend most of your life with.

Until next time, make this a week one in which you are living your life to the fullest.
With appreciation and gratitude
Nigel St.Hill

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Author's Bio: 

Nigel St. Hill is a writer and a life and money management coach helping people who are ready discover their path to money, abundance and prosperity, so that they could live the life of their dreams. He is the founder of and author of the book, Money Management Caribbean Style and several ebooks including The Easy Cash Flow System, How to Keep Your Doors Open in a Recession, Creative But Practical Ways to Save money, 8 Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Abundant Lifestyle,12 Secrets to Having a Romantic Relationship, Ten Easy Ways to Empowerment, How to Attract Money and Abundance, Uncover Your True Potential and The Complete Guide to Life Skills for Today’s Youth. .
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