You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
– Jim Rohn
Who do you spend the most time with at work?
Do you have employees?
What are they like?
What is their attitude to work? Do they do the bare minimum or are they focused on achieving the goals you’ve set for them? (You do have goals for your business, don’t you? And you have shared them with those who are going to help you achieve it?)
And your clients?
Do they light you up?
Or do you cringe when you think of dealing with them?
If either of these are bringing you down, you seriously need to think of upgrading! Your attitude will filter through to your staff and your clients.
Set boundaries with your clients of what is and is not acceptable behaviour.
Create a winning team with your employees with goals that you work towards steadfastly. Keep them in the loop. Communicate how you are progressing. Nobody wants to find out at the end of the year that the targets haven’t been met. Tweak what you do as you move forward to always be improving.
Now most people are familiar with Jim Rohn’s quote above, so I was delighted when I stumbled upon the following article that expanded on this concept – The 5×5 Method for Getting Into Flow.
What are the other areas that affect us using this concept? James Altucher mentions these additional four:
1. You are the average of the five things you do to help people each day.
We live in a world that is obsessed with What’s In It For Me? If we can step away from that for a moment and see how we can add value to people’s lives (and it can even be as simple as giving someone a smile – it may be just what they need to cheer their day) we can help make the world a better place.
2. Your thoughts are the average of the five things you think about the most.
Given that we think about 50 000 thoughts in a day, this can be life changing. James Allen knew a thing or two when he wrote As A Man Thinketh. The power of our thoughts.
Are you focusing on the positive in every situation? Looking for the lesson when faced with challenges instead of identifying the problem and bemoaning it at every instance?
Turn your thoughts to gratitude (definitely number one priority), abundance and prosperity and see what changes occur in your life.
3. Your body and mind are the average of the five things you eat.
As I’m a great believer in the body, mind and soul connection, it makes sense that what we put into our body provides the fuel for our day.
Junk in and you will not be able to sustain your energy.
Nourishing food and your body will repay you tenfold.
I’d add to this practising meditation and getting a good night’s sleep for really giving you power to make the most of every day.
4. You are the average of the five things that inspire you the most.
What does the space around you say?
Is it a mess?
Are you surrounded by clutter?
Or do you surround yourself with things that you love?
Things that light you up?
If you don’t love something, or it doesn’t inspire you, why do you have it?
Life is too short to be surrounded by things you don’t love and may feel obliged to keep.
Work in a setting that energises you.
Furnish your workplace with items that inspire you.
Make your place of work somewhere you enjoy being!