Upgrade your friendships

It is often said you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Motivational speakers often talk about upgrading your circle of influence and it seems like sound logical advice. So how do you take actual steps to upgrade your five?
You don’t have to make it a two-way relationship! Find an amazing podcast to listen to. Just because Tim Farris, Rich Roll, Lewis Howes, and Trish Blackwell don’t know who I am doesn’t mean I can’t build a, “relationship” with them while I empty out my dishwasher or when sitting in traffic. Listening to motivational podcasts from people who are making a difference and crushing it in their fields puts me in a productive, inspired mindset that is necessary to achieve success. This can also be done with books and other publications. Find someone who is an expert in your field of interest and follow them on social media.
Look to social media for private groups in your area of interest. For example, I am part of a few indoor cycling Facebook groups that share music and relevant, “hot topics” cycling instructors are facing. These groups keep me current on the pulse and my industry and provide endless suggestions for challenges I am facing. Join a group in your field of interest and you will find others who are just as passionate as you are.
Give unconditionally! What you give you receive back ten X. I love finding a special gift for someone. It does not have to be expensive. It can be sharing a book, article, or podcast you think they would enjoy. A hand-written card of appreciation or a small gift with special meaning. Finding unique ways to contribute to someone else’s day is a great way to build a deeper connection.
Plan it out! It is way to easy to get into the routine of work-dinner-chores-tv-repeat. Find a yoga, cooking, or theater class in your area and invite a few friends to join you. It is crazy how hard it is as an adult to develop friendships. Chances are it will happen if you are willing to put in a little work.

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