“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions…”

05.16.11 // My Mondays

Mark Twain Quote


I think this quote touches on a super important concept that we all-too-often overlook on our journeys to being the people we want to be and living the lives we want to live: the company you choose to keep can have a dramatic effect on your own individual progress.

I once got into a verbal debate with someone over this idea because he was viewing my execution of this concept as me only seeking out the company of people who could help me by providing me something tangible.  I explained how it was much more about choosing to surround myself with people who can provide me the intangible awesomeness that is necessary for progress – just by being themselves.  It was all about finding the like-minded people with whom an intimate community of inspiration, motivation, and support could be created.

When you’re trying to accomplish things, having this kind of synchronicity with the people you choose to surround yourself with really can make all the difference in succeeding or constantly making excuses for why success still isn’t coming into fruition.  And it all IS your choice by the way.  I know how easy it can be to forget this at times, but the fact of the matter remains.  Even if the person is related to you, you get to actively choose their level of involvement in your world.

Oh – and just because you might choose to put some distance between you and someone else for reasons discussed herein, that does NOT inherently or automatically take away any of the love you may have for that person.  I find this to be a thought that comes to people’s minds all the time when this idea is conversed about, and it’s such a bogus mentality that only feeds and perpetuates the act of self-sabotage.  So not necessary!  You’ve got all this big bad and important stuff you’re trying to do – so why waste time, energy, mental and emotional capacity fretting over unrealistic things like this?  Spare yourself!

So . . . bottom line . . .  We all fall victim to this – myself very much included.  But, if you can be honest with yourself, and make the active decisions regarding this part of your life — like cutting away the anchor that’s impeding progress, you’ll be amazed at the amount of momentum you can feel.  It’s difficult for sure, but oh-so-very-much-worth-it!

Man oh man . . .  That Mr. Twain — he sure did know what was up, yeah?

with passion & gratitude — jenbish


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    • Hey, Lisa — great to hear from you! If you go to the “Blog” tab on the Phoenix Tree website, you’ll see easy-to-access clickables for email subscriptions, Facebook following, and Twitter following. Thanks so much for the support! :)


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