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Do You Have A Success Squad?

Success coach Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

Is it possible to reshape your life, simply by choosing the people you spend time around?

Author Tim Ferriss (The Four Hour Work Week) says Rohn’s words may have been the most important advice he’s ever been given.  Ferriss says: “I was given that advice when I was 15 or 16, which has impacted a lot of my decisions since. And each year, I think it’s more important.”

So, ask yourself, who are the 5 people you currently spend the most time with?  It’s an interesting exercise.

Are you surrounded by well-meaning yet unmotivated souls who don’t share your enthusiasm for new people, places or activities?

Or, do you hang out with a “success squad” of inspired, upbeat individuals?

Whether your friends, family or co-workers fall into either category, it’s worth considering how deeply you are influenced by these relationships.

If you’re constantly surrounded by fearful, negative people there’s no question that they will block your progress — albeit unintentionally.

On the flip side, members of your success squad support your dreams, celebrate your achievements, encourage (sensible) risk-taking and applaud your willingness to step outside your comfort zone.

Don’t have a success squad?  Here’s how to build one:

** Identify the people who uplift you and consciously make more time around them.

** Find mentors or hire a coach.

** Immerse yourself in a group training program.  There’s nothing like working towards a shared goal with like-minded people.  In our connected world, the group may meet in-person or virtually. Many people experience great success and create new connections through Facebook Groups or online training courses that incorporate live events and member discussions.  Find an activity that inspires you.

** Nominate yourself “Success Squad Member #1.”  Are you a walking, talking example of the person you aspire to be?  Programs like the GetZENd Method apps and “How Do You TAKE YOUR HAPPY?” help you manage stress, build confidence, and train your brain to adopt a success mindset.  And a success mindset will make you naturally attract more positive, upbeat and nurturing company.

Of course, all of the above doesn’t mean you cut the people you care about out of your life.   Moreover, it simply isn’t realistic — or desirable — to decide you’re suddenly going to ditch your mom or quit your job!

While it’s always a pleasure spending time in the company of supportive and inspiring people, if there are situations you can’t control, never forget that you CAN control your response.


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Ronda is a Peak Performance Coach focusing on Life Coaching and the Mental Wellbeing of Athletes in her practice. She is also contracted through a large Division 1 University program to work with their athletes as a mental coach. She specializes in fear, pressure, adversity, uncertainty, removing obstacles, anxiety, doubt, recovering from injuries or setbacks, and identity beyond a sport or a role. She provides a proactive approach to the mental health of athletes and teams on wellbeing and the mental side of the game. Ronda is also an accomplished athlete herself and spent five seasons as a head coach for a Professional Women’s Hockey team in the Premier Hockey Federation, and is a scout for the Nashville Predators of the NHL.

Ronda’s education includes undergraduate studies in Psychology, a Masters in School Counseling and post graduate certifications in Applied Positive Psychology, The R.E.W.I.R.E. Mindset Systemᵀᴹ, and is certified as an Applied Positive Psychology coach, specializing in Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching, Teamwork and Collaboration. While Ronda has specialized in the athletic mindset, she is passionate about helping any person wanting to uncover what is possible and learn to use their mind as an asset for reaching their full potential.


Sylvia Halligan is a mind-body mental agility and change management coach. She helps organizations successfully lead and navigate change, make it stick, and empower individuals to transform into flourishing, thriving beings. Her personal coaching practice incorporates a blend of eastern philosophy practices backed by western science. Interventions include guided visualization, hypnosis, breath work, embodiment, energy psychology, positive psychology, and neuroscience.

Sylvia is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), holds certifications in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and Applied Positive Psychology Coaching (CAPP), and is an ICF credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is also a Prosci-Certified Change Management Practitioner and certified in The R.E.W.I.R.E. Mindset Systemᵀᴹ. Specialties: Leading organizations through change and making it stick. Guiding individual change journeys through holistic mind-body coaching. Teaching people to thrive, not just survive.


Anjali is a Holistic Health & Positive Psychology Pracitioner. As a naturally intuitive, compassionate, and deeply empathetic coach, Anjali creates an environment for her clients that allows them to truly understand the connection of how the mind and body coexist and relate to one another. Assisting clients in understanding the mind & body connection, how blocked emotions can reappear in emotional patterning or physical alignments in the body, and aids in healing through the use of various techniques, including The R.E.W.I.R.E. Mindset Systemᵀᴹ.

Anjali holds degrees in Communications and an MBA, along with post graduate degrees and certifications in Applied Positive Psychology, Integrative Holistic Health Coaching and Breathwork.ᵀᴹ


Marjolein is a trainer, facilitator and coach, specializing in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership. In her individual coaching practice, Marjolein works with people to educate and empower them with the tools from Positive Psychology, Self Compassion and Emotional Intelligence. Her work with corporations includes embedding innovative, human-centric mindset coaching, training and facilitation. She’s a Senior Leadership Facilitator for THNK, The School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, Netherlands where she develops global leaders in international corporations to unlock their full potential in leading themselves, and others, for greater impact.

Marjolein holds certifications in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and is an Applied Positive Psychology coach. She is also trained in Self Compassion, through the thought leader in this space, Kristen Neff, and is certified in The R.E.W.I.R.E. Mindset Systemᵀᴹ. Marjolein holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences and Post Graduate degrees in Management and Positive Psychology.