The Power of Your Associations

The Power of Your Associations

‘We are the people we associate with.’

The principle of the ‘power of association’ states that you either hold yourself back or improve yourself based on the people you spent time with the most. This is because their values, ideas, beliefs and directions are always influencing you. Therefore if a child has Christian parents, brothers, sisters and family members, they often add certain values into his/her life.

Peers are Very important

As we become adults, ‘peers’ become just as important as ‘family’ in the area of association. That’s why there is ‘peer pressure.’ It can be positive or negative, making you grow forward or backwards in your life. Who do you spent most time with and listen to most? Be honest with yourself. Are these people going in the direction you want to go? Do they have ideas, beliefs, experiences and encouragement to share that can help you move in the direction you want to go? If your answer is not yes, then you need to make some changes in your friendship circles.

Purposefully Select Friends

You need to get involved in activities where you can get to meet new and different people who you can share common beliefs and goals. Disassociate and break away from people who influence you negatively. Also limit your association with some of them. Expand and improve association with good people. Purposefully selecting those with whom you will surround yourself with. Also chose your mentors, coaches and advisors wisely.

Everyone needs a support group. There is power in unity. There is power in numbers. Have people who can lift or support you when you stumble. It is a true saying that ‘it is difficult to soar like an eagle if you hang-out with the buzzards and chickens all the time.’ Your character has been moulded by the influence of your friends.

Think About This!

Here are questions to think about;

1)      Is your current friendship circles empowering and influencing you to reach your dreams, goals and purpose in life?

2)      Are they holding you accountable to a high level of integrity and top performance, or they let you fall back to your old sloppy comfort zone?

3)      Are they listening to your ideas and contribute to them, so as to develop them and add value to them?

4)      Are they motivating and inspiring you to keep you on top performance in your major capabilities?

5)      Do you consider your current associates as valuable assets, or liabilities – making your life worse and more miserable?

6)      Do they meaningfully back you and encourage you when you are having challenges in your life journey?

7)      Do you feel proud to be associated with your current peers, or you are ashamed of them?

If not, what are you doing about changing that? It’s up to you to find the peers that help you live the life you want to live, and to achieve your dreams are goals.

Your Associates Brought You Where You Are!

You are who you are today because of the people you have been associating with. Changing your associates will certainly change your destination!

“Do two walk together except they make an appointment {and} have agreed?” – Amos 3:3

Enjoy you the rest of the week!

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