Influence- You Are Who You Eat

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Influence- You Are Who You Eat



How Influence Affects Us

Now just before you wonder ‘what the heck is wrong with her today’ let me explain. Maybe instead of eat I should have used the word consume because it more accurately describes how we respond to influence.  Some view influence as a very subtle thing that we might slowly take in over a long long period of time. That would be like developing skin cancer from years and years of exposure to the sun or a ruddy complexion from years of being blown by wind and weather. I think of influence as often having a much more direct impact, more like that of eating doughnuts every day and waking one morning in the not too distant future and finding your clothes don’t fit all that well any more.


The Average Influence

It has been said that our income will be within 10% of the average of the 10 people that we spend the most time with. I would go even further than that and say that we are far closer than that. It’s likely that our tastes, wants, needs and desires don’t vary all that much either. I am not talking about the dreams that we had in our youth, I’m talking about where we are in life now and what we aspire to. Stop and think about it for a minute. Think about the influence that others exert upon your life.


How Friends Influence You And What You Do 


If the friends and people you hang out with spend their weekends at the lake drinking and carrying on, odds are very good that you do as well. If they attend the opera regularly I’m betting you do as well. That’s what friends are really. People who like each other’s company and to be able to do things together. Not really a magic formula. On the other hand do we really understand what that means for us other than the obvious benefits of camaraderie?


What Has The Influence of Friends Caused You To Do Already?

What behaviours do you now exhibit or take part in that you didn’t only a few years ago prior to hanging out with the people that you do now? Maybe you go to ball games or car shows more than you used to. Maybe you spend more time watching movies or being online than you ever used to. There are a million activities that people love to do together. Biking, camping, trekking, jogging, pumping iron or even attending business club meetings all are great examples of behaviours that are new to you. So too can be more destructive activities, such as drugs, alcohol, excessive eating, fanatical religious acts, and abject laziness.


Check Your Friend Influence Level

If you don’t think this is true I would challenge you to have a second look at your friends and how they act. But you say that what others do has no impact on you, you’re not a sponge. You don’t have to do everything that they do. To which I say, really? Have a closer look. And if you truly believe it makes no difference, then press on. But if you haven’t got the results from your life that you want and neither have any of your friends then I would humbly suggest that you may want to upgrade your friends. After all, a change is as good as a rest.

Till Next Time….


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4 Responses to “Influence- You Are Who You Eat”

  1. Robert David Strong Says:

    Good afternoon Sigrid,

    We believe that we are very much like a chameleon, where we start looking like our environment, and even sometimes acting like it. Human nature is one that we want to “belong” and we do this by being around people like us, in groups that we feel comfortable.

    There are times though that if we want things that we have never had before, we need to do things we never have before as well. A great way to do things differently is to be around people that normally do not do what we do, so if you are struggling in a business, surround yourself with people that are successful. You will find that just as the Chameleon does, you too will also start being like your surroundings. If the successful business men and women you surround yourself with eat purple Twinkies at 3 am everyday, you will also start doing that before to long.

    Great post and something for people to really think about.


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks so much Robert for your thoughtful and insightful comment. Your chameleon analogy is an excellent one and accurately describes humans reactions to their environment. I would definitely recommend avoiding the purple twinkie eaters, especially around 3 am. Haha



  2. Damayanthi Says:

    Hey Sigrid,

    This is so true, but the thing is we are responsible for who we choose to associate with. Some times we have to let go of associations that are not going to serve us.

    Simple thing I am observing right now is that being in the same blog group with you and others make me create content. (Ooops I haven’t been doing this lately as I have some challenges)
    You see I want to model people like you, I want to model your consistency.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing.

    Damayanthi recently posted…How to build great relationships and get your prospects to trust you?My Profile


    sigrid Reply:

    Hey Damayanthi, you are so right that we choose who we associate with, and sometimes it can be so hard, but necessary, to let go.
    I love being in the same group as you. You inspire me too, and I can’t wait to see what is coming next.



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