The people in your life have a significant impact on your success or otherwise.
Are the people you spend the most time with, (either socially or professionally), inspiring and inspired, motivating and motivated, dream weavers or dream stealers?
Are they the type of people who see great potential in others and are dedicated to helping everyone use more of their potential or are they people who are living a limited life?
Choose the people you associate with and choose your success levels.
Mark Victor Hansen, one of the authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, tells a story about a time many years ago when he was presenting at a conference with Tony Robbins.
Tony was making approximately $130 million per year and Mark was making $1 million/year. He said to Tony "We are doing the same thing - we both have a terrific message. Why is my income so much less than yours?" Tony's reply was that he made a choice several years ago to start hanging out with billionaires.
Mark decided to do the same and his income went up vertically. Billionaires use their 24 hours better, think bigger, use mentors and they leverage other people who have unique skills that they do not.
Even if money isn't a driver for you, this principle holds true for all aspects of life.
Whatever your dreams and how you see yourself making your dent in the universe, find people who will support you in your goals, people who will be your cheering squad, people who will help you find the 'hows' to achieving your desires.
Your commitment to your success becomes stronger because of the people you hang out with. Certainly, you can unleash your potential, even when you are surrounded by people who may not be the most conducive, or the most supportive, it is just a more difficult path.
Take Inspired Action
Think of the people you regularly spend time with, and place their initial where you feel they best fit each of the sliding scales. If you have a person/(s) appearing consistently on the left hand-side of the scale, you may want to consider how you minimize your exposure to him or her.