“Don’t join an easy crowd. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform and achieve are high.” – Jim Rohn
When I was out of town last weekend I visited a Cross Fit gym and got to see for myself what all of the fuss is about. My trainer, Kelly, was a little powerhouse who reminded me of a blonde Jillian Michaels. She was overtly serious about Cross Fit and her role as a trainer. She was determined that we were going to work as hard as we could while maintaining perfect form.
When she popped up against the wall in handstand position and demonstrated the wall stand push-ups that were part of the WOD that we would be doing I was a little out of my comfort zone. But that’s okay. I like that. I can’t do a wall stand push-up, but Kelly can. And if she can do them, why wouldn’t I be able to if I worked at it?
Who Do You Hang With?
Do you hang out with people you’re comfortable with or people who push the limits?
Self-help guru Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true (and I wouldn’t be putting it in this article if I didn’t believe it was) you need to spend most of your time with people that are doing things that you aspire to achieve. For me that would be people like wall stand push-up Kelly.
High fitness achievers are easy to find. You’ll find them at the Cross Fit gym and in the front row of the HIIT class at the local Y. They are the ones pushing themselves to do more today than they did yesterday. High achievers seek out coaches and trainers that will help them improve their skills and, at the same time, are mentoring people that look to them for help.
At work they hang out with the people that walk on their lunch hour and that don’t give in to eating a donut just because they’re a free leftover from a morning meeting. They post workout pictures and positive quotes on social media and get followers that want to get the residual effects of their accomplishments.
Be The Change
Jonathan Mead, creator of Paid To Exist says, “If you surround yourself with world-class athletes, it will be hard for you to not become one. If you go on a retreat where the only option is to create, it will be hard for you to not produce something groundbreaking. If you wake up with a community of doers, leaders, and world-changers, it will be incredibly difficult for you to not embrace your own greatness.”
But it’s not just about tightening up your circle so that the five people you spend the most time with motivate you to do more. It’s about being an inspiration to people that need your influence and support.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” –Kobe Bryant
Are you a member of the high achievers club?
If you liked this article you might also enjoy: The Eight Habits of Ultra-Fit People.
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