Humans can’t live without connections. It’s one of our most basic needs. This is why we meet up with friends for lunch, or follow celebrities on social media, or even just say hi to someone on the street.
But have you ever taken a closer look at the people surrounding you? What do they talk about?
Do they constantly look for ways to grow, lead, and strategize? Are they always trying to establish and improve the culture in their business? Do they question how they could make their client experience better? Are they constantly learning and growing?
Or are they constantly complaining about results they aren’t getting from the work they aren’t doing?
If you notice a pattern in the latter, it’s time to rethink your peers.
Two Negatives DON’T Equal a Positive
Imagine being at a table surrounded by people who only live in a negative headspace. They tell you how much they hate their jobs, their bosses, even their lives. If you continue to hear the same thing over and over again, it starts to rub off on you.
So while you might be looking to change your future for the better, your companions are content just waiting for things to change on their own. If this is your environment you are likely to follow suit.
Get up from that table and have the agency to know when it’s time to make life-altering decisions. Sometimes it means dropping people from your life and replacing them with those who think, dream, and do big things. And that’s okay.
Forward-Thinking is the Only Thinking
If you want to get to where you’re going, make sure you’re with the people who remind you of where that is — not the ones still wearing their letterman jackets.
Forward should be the only direction on your mind, and the only direction on the minds of your friends and colleagues too.
While this may cause a small, momentary rift, continue to remind yourself of the positive impact this will have on your law firm, your family, and your life as a whole.
People who are growth-minded and think progressively are your advocates, and they want you to succeed. In fact, they want to stand beside you when you do.
You have a choice to make: remain stagnant with the people you’ve known from grade school and reminisce on the good old days, or become great with like-minded individuals who will push you to become your best.
How are you going to change your future?