By Julia Olayanju

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I love the outdoors and fishing is one activity that does not stop to intrigue me.

As I write this post, two items used on boats come to mind: an anchor and a motor. Take a moment and think about the function of both.

An anchor keeps the boat still, while a motor propels the boat in the desired direction.

People sometimes play the roles that anchors and motors play as well.

People can keep you back from your dreams, constantly reminding you of your past failures and mistakes.

Think about a 2018 Pavati wake boat, anchored by the shore. It does not matter the horsepower this  boat has, it cannot move unless the anchor is removed.

No matter the potential for success residing in an individual, discouraging words and  the wrong company can limit how far the individual can go.

People in your life can also energize and inspire you. Energizing you to go further faster.

My question is two fold:

1. Who do you have in your inner circle?

Often times the first thing that comes to mind when people are faced with questions like this is friends/family. Sometimes both.

This is true, friends and family fits in here perfectly.

What if you look around and you think you have so far surrounded yourself with people that talk down on people or people that do not believe in you?

The situation is not hopeless, you are not be limited to people you know.

Depending on the relationship, reducing the amount of time you spend with negative influences to the barest minimum will be beneficial to you. You can create your own network of inspiring people by listening to or reading their resources.

Regardless of the type of people you have in your life you can create your own circle of influence, by carefully choosing people you listen to or watch.

Allow these people to inspire you, shape the way you think.

Remember, “you are the average of the five people you spend time with” – Jim Rohn.

Do you want to change your future?

Start by carefully looking through your playlist or your library.

If the resources in your library add value to you, then you are on the right track. If not, your changes should start there.

Your dreams are achievable, create an enabling environment around yourself and make those dreams come true.

2. How will people around you describe you?

Who are you to other people around you?

Do you add value to them or simply take from them?

Choose to be a voice of encouragement, not only are you encouraging someone else you are encouraging yourself too.

As you encourage people, you will draw encouraging people your way.

Success in any area of life is intentional, so go ahead and make success real in your life.




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Julia is an educator & entrepreneur. She is the founder at FoodNiche: a food technology company that creates opportunity for millions of home cooks to connect with food brands.