Have you heard about the power of association?
If not, here’s a good introduction to it.
It’s basically the idea that who you associate with determines how you’ll be in life.
If you spend time with those who think negatively, you too will be the next one.
If you spend time with people who are wealthy and successful, you will find yourself in that situation as well.
But this doesn’t just fall down to the people that are physically in our lives.
We can connect with individuals through the content they produce.
It’s these type of relationships that we connect with people and they make a significant difference in our lives.
Today I’ll be talking about some of those relationships in far more detail and how they can affect you.
You need to know this because this can lead you to understanding yourself and what sort of problems you may face along the way.
All relationships go through hell, real relationships get through it. — Anonymous
It’s a powerful thing and is no doubt one of the most immediately impactful things in our lives. Although we can certainly avoid it, being with someone else you are attached to on an emotional level can leave you vulnerable.
Far more vulnerable than a friendship that’s grown over the years.
It’s this vulnerability (or lack of it) that prompts change at a faster pace. It’s for this reason why relationships get better when you immediately start implementing good habits in the relationship, like these ones.
The power of romantic relationships affects you based on the nature of the relationship.
No matter how busy you are, if you really care, you will always find the time for someone. — Anonymous
The second type of relationship is friends and business friends.
Not as impactful at the beginning compared to romantic relationships, these relationships can still drive an impact over time. This depends on how much authority you give to those people.
What I mean by that is how much time you spend with them.
In relationships the habit development is prominent because you spend more time with them.
With friends you can go on for days or even weeks without hanging out with them without any sort of major repercussions.
As such the mannerisms and habits that you have made, make a lesser impact on people. Or at least they have the potential.
This also depends on which stage you are at in life too. If you still go to school, your classmates will have more influence over you to some extent versus someone who is out of the school system.
The same goes for business friends as well. Depending on where they are at with their business can affect how you are doing with your business and where you are going as well.
Acquaintances, Fans, & Family
“What surrounds us is what is within us.” ― T.F. Hodge
The third type are people who follow behind you as well as family. Family is a unique situation since they’re in they can affect your upbringing in the early stages. Obviously your parents have the largest influence on that, but also other family members too.
Every type of relationship up to this point can be removed by burning that bridge. With family, it’s harder since there are typically family gatherings for certain events.
That case isn’t so much with those who follow behind you.
In many cases, these individuals who gather around you are people who are influenced mainly by your own actions.
Of course they can force you to do what you want them to do, but only if you let them.
That type of relationship is by far the weakest since you don’t directly know people who follow you. Furthermore, most, if not all of your followers and fans don’t know every tiny detail about you.
Pay attention to all areas in your life and figure out what sort of effects people have on you.
Are they good or bad?
Does their level of influence warrant the nature of the relationship overall?
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 33 of 91 of this series.
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