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The Power of Social Influence

Do you ever feel like you’re on the road to nowhere?

Are you the only Thinker in your Team or Company?

There is a high chance you’re surrounding yourself with the wrong People.

They say that you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.

You’ve probably heard the theory that every individual is a sum of their five closest friends, and there’s a reason that motivational speakers love to cite this wisdom so much: it’s true.

In order for you to develop Strategic Thinking, you need to spend time with the 1% of Business Leaders.

The 99% are content with the status quo.

They don’t strive to better themselves each and every day, both personally and professionally.

Their lives are not underpinned by the intention to grow and develop as a business owner or Entrepreneur.

The 1%, on the other hand, know that running a business is not about being good only as a manager.

Its also about being smart every day to grow, learn and improve.

The way that they do this is primarily by surrounding themselves with the right people.

Being a part of the 1% is a lifestyle. If you want to grow every single day, the first thing you need to do is find the right Coach or Mentor.

However, much we might like to think of ourselves as strong-willed and independent, there’s no denying that we are heavily influenced by those around us.

If you want to achieve success as an entrepreneur or business owner, you need to create the right environment.

So, what’s the difference between the 1% and the 99%?

Instead of discussing last night’s Soccer match, the 1% talk about Leadership, Strategy, Emotional Intelligence, Customer Value and how to run a smarter, more profitable business.

They see every conversation as a learning opportunity.

The 1% don’t invite you to the barbeque on Friday night, they invite you to conferences, networking events and masterminds.

Nowadays, I spend time with people I can learn from. I hang out with business leaders who are light years ahead of me on their journey, because that’s what inspires and motivates me.

I keep the company of entrepreneurs who make a huge impact on the world and take ten times the action that I do.

Simply talking to and spending time with these people reminds me to strive and never settle.

I spend a chunk of my morning educating myself and speaking to people who both inspire me and keep me accountable.

We all love the idea of being self-made, but behind every successful business man or business woman there’s a supportive community of entrepreneurs.

If you want to be part of the 1%, I’m afraid that you can’t do it on your own.

You need to connect with people who are ahead of you and have already walked the path that you want to take.

You can’t just invest money and expect to be successful.

You have to invest time and energy too, and in many ways that’s even more difficult.

Being surrounded by people who constantly strive to better their business will allow you to learn by example, gain industry knowledge and pick up good habits – perhaps without even realizing it.

It will stop you from bad habits and neglecting your business, because in 1% social circles, that sort of behaviour isn’t acceptable.

You need to surround yourself with people who set the right standard for your growth.

Just as flowers need the right soil to grow, you need to create an optimum environment for success.

The first step towards joining the 1% is auditing the company you keep.

It’s all well and good saying that you need to find the 1% to hang out with, but where do you actually find them?

One way is to invest in a Coach or Mentor.

Another way is to start by auditing your social media and unfollowing or muting any friends that don’t belong to the 1%. If you start your day by looking at friends who are out partying or simply not taking their jobs seriously, this will encourage you to adopt the same lax mindset.

Only following friends who inspire and educate you sets a very different tone for your day.

I also highly recommend finding an Accountability Partner.

You need someone who’ll build you up on your down days and remind you that this rollercoaster of a journey is all worth it.

You need somebody to reprimand you when you’re being tempted away from your goals and set you on the right path again.

Running your own business is a rollercoaster and there certainly will be times when you want to throw in the towel. However, having the right social circle will prevent you from doing this.

You need to become part of a group that motivates you and encourages you to keep going when things get difficult.

You need examples of success to show you that the life and business you want are possible.

You also need someone to call you out when you’re heading in the wrong direction.

In order to be the 1%, you need to surround yourself with the 1%.

If you don’t feel like you’re part of that group right now, that’s okay.

Nobody starts off that way, but spending time with the right people is how you get there.

If you would like to know more about how CFO Coach can help with improving your Strategic Thinking, please email Irfan.Sayed@cfocoach.co.zm or WhatsApp on +260967924720 for a free 15 minute Strategy call.

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