Today is Friday, May 11, 2017, and I want to talk about productivity, motivation, and building a solid support circle around you. I had some trouble figuring out what I was going to write about today, so decided to share some thoughts for you to think about over the weekend. It’s something I learned from the late great Steve Jobs (Apple Co-Founder and CEO) while reading his official autobiography by Walter Isaacson. This is an amazing book and I encourage all of you to read it. Applying this principle has changed my life for the better because it made me aware of the negative people I surround myself with every day. When your living with bipolar and trying to manage it daily, there’s nothing more important than to have positive people in your life. I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 17 years, and one thing which helped me progress forward in life was changing who I surround myself with. Why?
I’ve had 17+ years to think about my triggers, self-esteem, motivation, and confidence. And, here’s what I’ve learned –
Nothing destroys self-esteem, positivity, confidence, and productivity then surrounding yourself with negative people. As a matter of fact, negative people have been responsible for triggering depression early in my life. We all know how the environment affects your mood…right? Now imagine what role negative people play in your environment and in determining your mood. I’m here speaking with 17+ years of experience and can say right now, that if you want to manage your bipolar, it’s time to get rid of all the negative people in your life.
While reading Steve Jobs autobiography, he said the following – “A+” People Produce “A+” People.
I thought about this for a while and completely agree with Steve Jobs. He couldn’t be more accurate. In other words, positive people will produce positive people…right? If you’re an “A+” person and have “C+” people around you, then their “C+” qualities will rub off on you. This will bring down your energy and self-esteem.
Steve Jobs believed if he wanted to create the best products, he will need “A+” people working together. These people will feed off each other’s energy pushing them to become more creative while working together. This will push them to create the best consumer products people have seen and used in their lives. But, if you put “C+” people in the same room and have them work with “A+” people, then the product will lose the “wow” factor. And, I totally agree!
This principle can be applied to all area’s of your life. The only way you will continue to grow and make positive changes is by surrounding yourself with people who have a higher level of positive energy. You can learn from these people and internalize their energy. In other words,
For you to be the best and gain control of your life, it’s important you step back and view your surroundings. Ask yourself – the people in my life right now, do they bring out the best in me? Are these the same people I would hire to be on my team at work? If the answer is “Yes” then keep them around so you can build off their awesome energy. If the answer is “No”, it’s time to push yourself away from them because they will hold you back from conquering your dreams.
Personally, after 17+ years of living with bipolar disorder and, every day being a learning experience, I’m convinced your surroundings play a crucial role in your happiness. Learning to manage bipolar effectively is about learning your own pattern. It’s about finding out what makes you feel good and what brings out the best in you. We have so many external factors that can influence the way we feel, but we have the power to determine what external factors we want in our lives. We can choose to avoid certain people and bring others into our lives.
I’ve always said, we often forget how much we control our own lives. We have the power to change our mood almost immediately if we choose to. You just need to learn what to focus on and have the discipline to stick to those things which bring out the best in us.