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Have you ever had a friend that you loathe to talk to? I meant a friend that literally sucks the life out of you when you talk to them on the phone? Their negative energy is a real downer and when they call, you just want to press the decline button on your phone!

I think we all know at least one person like that.

We should be asking the question: How does this friend’s negative energy affect your performance? Are they helping you to move forward or move backward?

This week, I want to share the benefits of removing the negative people in your life. I want to show you the benefit of associating with empowering people.

Check out this video. I shared this message with a private group of leaders that participated in my 30 Day Mental Fast Program in 2017.

Now, you should try this exercise:  Give yourself a success score on a scale of 1 to 10. Ten being the most successful you could be in life. One being the least successful you could be in life.

Then write down the names of your 5 closest friends (the friends you spend most of your time with). Now estimate the level of success of each of those 5 friends on the same scale.  Add up your friends’ scores, divide this number by 5 and I suspect this figure will be pretty close to your initial assessment of yourself.

How do you increase your score and achieve more success? Surround yourself with people who have achieved the results that you want to achieve!  If you see yourself as a 6 or 7 now but want to be a 9-10, but your friends are also 6-7s, you might want to add some new friends.

Choose friends that will inspire and empower you to reach your goals and support you every step of the way.

Who needs friends that drag you down and prevent you from fulfilling your dreams?  Their insecurity and negativity can prevent you from reaching your goals. It’s true birds of a feather flock together.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you are the smartest person in your group, then you need a new group”.

I challenge you to spend the next 30 days engaging with other super-positive, super-successful people and see what happens!

PS: Check out this Entrepreneur Magazine article on The 4 Types of People to Surround Yourself With for Success.

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