The Gravitational Pull of Social Proximity – Choose Your Influences

The Gravitational Pull of Social Proximity – Choose Your Influences

“Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.” – Stephen Covey

You are influenced by the people and messages you choose to spend time with. Who you work with, who you spend social time with, and what you listen to or watch in the media – these things impact you! They impact your beliefs, thinking patterns, and ultimately the person you become.

There is an old saying that “you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” If this is even partially true, who are those people? And are they helping you to become the person you want to be?

Often this idea is called the Social Proximity Principle. This principle from the study of Psychology simply states that people closer together in a physical environment are more likely to form a relationship than those farther away.

To make a comparison to science, Newton’s Law of Gravitation makes a similar statement – the gravitational pull we feel from an object increases as we get closer to it. Once again, people often work in concert with scientific principles!

Frequent interaction with people you spend a lot of time with in your life will cultivate a relationship. That relationship will grow and grow until it becomes a part of you. So remember, you can choose which relationships you would want to influence your life.

Let the Social Proximity Principle work for you in such a way that will lead you to become the person you want to become. Get closer to people you want to learn from and become more like. They’ll pull you forward with them!

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