If you want your situation to change, YOU have to change. The most effective strategy we can use to create lasting change is to actively surround ourselves with people who inspire us.
I want you to promise me that in 2013, you will spend more time with people who motivate you to be better. Promise me!
Imagine if Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Bethany Hamilton were your crew. Seriously, think about the gems of wisdom they would share, how they would never allow you to quit, the pressure they would put on you to learn more, work smarter, to be great? Just think what one year of friendship with BFFs like that would yield?
Now, think about your current crew. How far is the deficit?
Mind the gap!
I’m not telling you to drop everyone you currently run with but I am saying to do some critical analysis.
Think of the five or ten people you spend the most time with. Are you proud about what they have accomplished? Are you impressed with what they are doing now? Are they passionate about the values you have? Do they inspire you?
If the answer is ‘no’ to all of the above, then it’s time to find new friends.
The biggest single predictor of success (however you want to define it) are the people we ‘kick it with.‘
So before everything else, spend 2013 getting your crew right.