Imagine you were creating an all-star team filled with the best of the best players. Players with high quality that support each other, work hard, make each other better, and each player equally wants to be a part of the team.  Who would you put on that roster?  How would you go about selecting your players? What qualities do you want the players to have and what culture do you want to create for your team? How would you build your squad?  Can you imagine it?

Just like a coach needs to build a team to compete in games, or as a CEO needs to build a workforce to grow a company, we need to build a squad of people in our lives to help us grow and succeed.  Building your roster means surrounding yourself with people that you can trust, people that support you, hold you accountable, challenge you, motivate you and help you reach your potential. They tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear.

Building your roster is more than networking; it’s more than seeking out mentors.  Building your roster means actively and consciously selecting the type of energy you want in your life.  Building your roster means attracting the right people in your life as you constantly work on becoming the person you want to attract.  From the people you have in your inner circle to the people you choose to follow on social media; anyone taking up space in your mind, thoughts or energy needs to earn their place on your roster.

Have you ever heard of the saying “birds of a feather flock together?” Believe it or not, we are influenced by the things around us; the things we choose to listen to, the books we choose to read, the things we choose to watch, and most importantly, the PEOPLE WE CHOOSE TO HANG WITH AND FOLLOW.  Your roster has a direct impact on who you are and who you’re becoming.

If birds of a feather flock together, you want to flock with eagles and let the turkeys go.  Eagles have clear vision. They’re fearless, tenacious, filled with vitality, and most importantly, they soar higher than any other bird.  Turkeys produce crap, eat their own feces, and are pretty much the dumbest birds ever (disclaimer: I have nothing against the actual turkey bird…just go with it for the metaphor, thanks).

No man has ever achieved anything truly great without the help and the company of others.  At the same time, no man has truly failed without the help and company of others.  Now think about the company that you keep and the people in your life. My dad used to always tell me, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”  Ask yourself: who are the people that are in my life frequently, who are the people I’m following and are they adding value to the person I want to be?  Are they contributing and helping me reach my goals, or are they holding me back? Are they a positive influence in my life or a negative one? Do they deserve a spot on my roster?  Also ask yourself: what type of person am I being to others? Are you being that eagle that they should flock with? Are you lifting them up; encouraging them? Or are you pulling them down?

Our success is highly dependent on our roster; the people and energy we have constantly in our lives. Choose wisely. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Blessings and love,

Marti Reed

Marti Reed