It's so true that as women, we are fueled by the people we surround ourselves with. Whether that be family, friends or work associates, we become who we hang out with. As Pastor Craig Groeschel says "Show me your friends and I will show you your future".
I have such a passion for inspiring other women to live their best lives! That can only be done when we first change our "circle" to ensure we are surrounded by positive individuals. I'm not saying we can't have friends who are on the negative side or that we can't take a friend out for coffee who is down in the dumps. In fact, it's necessary to sow into other people who need encouragement! It becomes a downfall when you allow these people to influence your behavior and attitude. That happens when we spend too much time in negative situations with negative personalities. Jesus calls us to be "a light unto the World" and we should be! If we don't showcase his light, who will? But, in order to be equipped to do this, we must be surrounded by individuals who motivate, inspire and cause us to be the best versions of ourselves.
In order to do this, we need to periodically evaluate our friend list. It's okay to distance yourself from friends who don't fit well into---you becoming a better YOU! Never, ever burn bridges but put a space in there if necessary, through prayer and following God's leading.
I've been reading a book this week, "Girl Code" and the author, Cara Alwill Leyba, says "Your vibe attracts your tribe". This really stuck with me! I find so much truth in this! When you're positive, you attract positive people. That's just the way it is. When you have a good outlook on life, are happy and wear a smile, like-minded individuals will surface and be added into your circle.
Look for ways to compliment other women. As females, we need compliments every now and then! Tell a friend or even a stranger that you like her outfit, her hair, etc. And be genuine when you say it! This can make a world of difference in someone's day. And when we bless others, we in turn, are blessed.
I am so honored to be surrounded by wonderful women on my Real Estate team. They are all positive, Christian ladies working toward a common goal and I honestly could not be more proud to call them my tribe. I also have several friend groups including my bible study group, real estate friends and friends with kiddos. I make it a point to spend time with each of these groups in order to build relationships and cultivate growth and trust.
Another way we can surround ourselves with positive influences is by reading and listening to good content. Whether that be Christian radio, an upbeat podcast or a great book, these are all avenues to lift our spirits. I love reading books about other female entrepreneurs who have achieved success. I can learn from them and cast a vision for my future. I also love a good podcast when I'm driving. They allow me to zone in, focus and listen to some helpful content. Fill your mind with things that matter!
Be your best, surround yourself with positivity and pour into others. When you feel inspired, you will most definitely be the best YOU.