Who do you allow to speak into your life? Being intentional about who we interact with is critical to the right kind of progress in the direction we want to go. We tend to move in the direction of what we spend time thinking about and acting on. Who you ‘do life’ with matters a lot. If we allow our days to be filled with negativity from people around us, it gets on us and gets into our hearts and minds. And since we spend a good portion of our lives online, please know that this is another open door to receiving input – good or bad.
A friend recently recently reminded me that news is a controlled substance. This is true for the majority of what we take in through all forms of media. Someone is controlling most or all of what we hear and see on screens. It reminds me of the movie, The Matrix. When online, we are plugged into a constant feed of information telling us how to feel and think and what we should want or pursue. It’s getting creepier as technology advances allow our online behaviors to be tracked and catalogued, then used to direct certain content to us. I’m not telling you how to limit screen time, just suggesting an intentional approach rather than a passive one. How you spend the first and last hour of your day are arguably quite influential to your emotional state. Do you really want to spend them mainlining social media?
Take action: Be intentional about forming relationships with two or three people to serve as your accountability partners. They need to be trustworthy and wise. People who will encourage you AND tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear.