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Surround Yourself with People Who Challenge you

Several studies have highlighted the power of peer influence- in fact, many experts believe that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. That’s exactly why it is super important to surround yourself with the right people. So whom should you surround yourself with if you’re aiming high? The ones that motivate you? Wrong. Surround yourself with people who challenge you!

Why You Need To Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge You #MondayMusings

You’ll Up Your Standards

You might be doing things at a certain pace, and it might be comfortable for you, but at the same time, if you surround yourself with those who challenge you and make you question your pace, it could actually be positive, and could help inspire you to up the standards you have set for yourself. You might be undermining your capabilities, and a new opinion that challenges you could push you to think and do better.

It Can be Rewarding

Breaking boundaries and learning different approaches is a necessary part of success, and that’s exactly what being around challenging people has to offer. It is often necessary to engage in a healthy debate once in a while, offer and get constructive criticism and share opinions about a single idea, and all of that from someone who challenges you. Doing this can change you in ways you can’t expect, and all in all, it can turn out to be an extremely rewarding experience to say the least.

It’ll Offer Different Perspectives

One of the best ways to boost your creativity and improve your productivity is to know how to work out on things in different ways. You might be set in your own ways, and might not be stepping out of your comfort zone, and that might be working out just fine for you. However, if you start to surround yourself with people who challenge you and have a different ideology than you do, it can be a refreshing new change, and can help you think out of the box, which can actually charge you up and take you a step further to your goals.

It Motivates You

This one’s a no-brainer. Those who challenge you also end up motivating you. When you spend time around those that challenge you, you feel driven and develop that wild passion to chase your dreams and perform at your best. You’ll find yourself in a peak state more frequently than ever. The next time you’re surrounded by a group of people- ask yourself- are they the ones that pat you on the back and tell you that you did good, or are they the ones who challenge you and believe you can do better?

It’s amazing how when we are open to growth and learning, we find significant others, friends and mentors who challenge us. Do you have people in your life who challenge you?

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  1. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil July 1, 2019

    True. You are the company you keep. Its more helpful for teens who are still making up their minds and personalities.

  2. Suzy Suzy June 29, 2019

    An interesting perspective. I think you need both motivators and challengers. And the balance tips either way depending on your personality and the situation.

  3. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur June 28, 2019

    This is so true and sometimes when we interact with people, we can notice that. This post, Corinne made me think of the people around me and if I am too comfortable in my company. Good one.

  4. Modern Gypsy Modern Gypsy June 27, 2019

    That’s quite true. Being around people who are pushing themselves to follow their dreams, who are doing that bit extra compared to you really does motivate you to go that extra mile.

  5. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo June 26, 2019

    It’s so true to be in company of select few people challenging the self and discovering the inner. People who matters can help us grow ten fold in life, Corinne.

  6. Apeksha Rao Apeksha Rao June 26, 2019

    So true! In the past, I’ve been surrounded by people who, at best, weren’t interested in what I was doing and at worst, did their best to hold me back. Now that I’m surrounded by people who want me to be the best that I can, my productivity has increased by leaps and bounds.

  7. Anagha Yatin Anagha Yatin June 25, 2019

    Getting out of the comfort zone is the toughest task to undertake even when one knows the benefits that it would fetch. Being with people who challenge us gets this difficult task done without we realizing it!
    Have experienced it with my MocktailMommies buddies when we used to blog together. Every once in a while when we used to meet up to draw the outline for the month, we used to challenge each other, motivate, sometimes even scold for not undertaking something. And the result…we were thriving! More than anything else, we became the buddies for life!

  8. writershilpa writershilpa June 25, 2019

    Being with people who challenge me…well, the first person who challenges me is myself! Being critical of the things I do, makes me question my abilities. It helps me work harder at shutting the voice of doubt that the other ‘me’ raises every now and then. 😛
    Apart from that, there are people who challenge me by wondering what it is that I do in this thing called “Blogging” and who wonder if I will ever make any money through it. Thanks to these people, too, I get a chance to work harder, to push my limits, try new ideas and test my capabilities, learn more, explore more and improve my patience and endurance levels. 🙂

  9. Dr.Amrita Basu Dr.Amrita Basu June 24, 2019

    Yes I like to be around people who challenge me to some extent.Only if they challenge me to grow positively and not challenge my mental peace.Thats one challenge I no longer take up.Great monday reading.

  10. Ramya Ramya June 24, 2019

    I agree. Challenges help us to work hard. If we are surrounded by better people, we try harder.

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