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Did you know that you can tell what kind of person you are becoming by looking at the people you hang around?  Take the average of the 5 people who you spend the most time with on a regular basis – that’s your “inner circle”.  Take the average of their incomes, the average of the quality of their relationships, and the average of their health.  That is a snapshot of who you are becoming.

If that picture represents the person you want to become, then great!  Keep spending time with your inner circle.

If that snapshot scares or depresses you, great!  Now you know what you need to do.  You might want to change up your inner circle.  These are the people who have the greatest influence on our lives, so we want to choose them very carefully.  We want to save those seats closest to us for those people who we admire, we respect, and we emulate.  People who lift us up to become our best.

“Well, I’m still living at home.  What about my family?  I can’t control my inner circle because I have to be here with my family.”  Yes that’s true, we don’t get to choose our family, but as a teen or young adult you do get to choose your friends.  Your friends can have an enormous impact on your life, for the good or the not-so-good.  You have the power to choose friends who are going in the direction that you want your life to go, who are making the kind of good choices that you want to make, who are trying to better themselves. 

You are much more powerful than you think.  You have the power to make incredible choices that will change the direction for your life.  One of the best choices you can make is to choose to hang out with inspiring people who are on their way to fulfilling their destinies.  And with that kind of support on your side, you will too!