Create Your Environment (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 186)
“Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.”
— William James
It has been said that we are our environment. Naturally, we become like the people we are around. “Show me your friends and I will show you your future” is a popular quote. We tend to think, believe, and act in the manner our surroundings dictate to us. Our environment has the power to influence us for good or for ill.
While we may be products of our environment, we don’t have to be prisoners to it. The environment we are brought up in often influences the decisions that we make throughout our lives. A bad environment can result in bad decisions that keep us held back in situations that are devoid of progress. Likewise, a good environment can propel us and challenge us to think big and dream high.
Being a product of your environment is unavoidable. We have no choice in how we are born, what family we are born into, or what race and ethnicity we are a member of. However, as we grow throughout life, it is important to reverse control and not permit a negative environment to place a stranglehold on one’s future. At the same time, we should not allow an environment that is mildly successful to put a lid on our capacity and ability to develop into greater beings.
The environment that will best develop you toward your life goals is the environment that you create. In this way, being born into your environment has no consequence on who you become. Determine how the things and people in your life are affecting you. Ask yourself if you are being helped or hindered by the people around you? Are you allowing situations to be stepping stones or stumbling blocks?
At the end of the day, you hold the power to choose how things will affect you. You can let your environment make you or you can make your environment. Turn your environment into a product of you. Become the person you want to be and let your environment reflect you instead of you reflecting it. We are products of our choices and our mindsets. What we choose to think, believe, and do ultimately determines what we will become.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
— Jim Rohn