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In my book, Uppward, I wrote about the importance of choosing our circles wisely.
Whether we realize it or not, we become like those we surround ourselves with. And that’s why it’s so important to find a circle of friends that enables us to remain true to ourselves and stay aligned with our values and goals. These circles are where we can create mutually beneficial, meaningful relationships.
And let’s face it, we’re constantly bombarded by invitations and requests to become involved in various community organizations, clubs, and professional associations. At some point it becomes easier to say “thanks, but no thanks” and retreat to avoid being consumed by additional obligations.
I get it.
In fact, over the years I have purposely taken breaks between my involvement in such groups. If you’re not good at setting boundaries–saying no when you honestly can’t take on even one more thing–then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Except last night, I found myself surrounded by a group of strong, successful women who were positive, encouraging and lighthearted. That’s a quite the rare combination these days.
And I felt myself wanting to be part of it.
I wanted to lean in and be a source of encouragement to other women who need support, and I wanted to explore new possibilities for making a greater contribution.
(And yes, we are all wearing antennas on our heads.)
What criteria do you use to choose your circles?