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I am hanging out in the Phoenix airport waiting to catch a flight to Atlanta; a slight delay has given me a little time to reflect on my weekend. I am in Phoenix attending an Industry Conference, National Speakers Association, and have been talking with some of my peers about what a great conference it was.

The programming and content were amazing, thank you Anna Liotta, and the opportunities for connecting and networking even better. The entire weekend was about learning, growing and challenging our own limiting beliefs, and it made me think about how powerful just being here is.

Most of us have heard the phrase “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Well, think about that, really think about that: Who do you spend most of your time with? If you want to “up’ your game, and set yourself up for success next year, who should you be spending your time with?

I just came off my best year ever, for me 2013 was solid, and even before I came to this conference I was excited about the possibilities that 2014 would bring. However, just spending two short days in the company of people who are far more successful than me, many mentors and leaders I consider idols more than peers, has pushed my commitment and energy to an entirely new level. Just spending time in the company of people who are self-motivated, highly successful and optimistic about the future has put me into a much higher gear, and given me ideas, strategies and much needed support I need to get there.

So again, think about who you are spending your time with. Then consider the last time you pushed yourself to the next level and invested in attending a conference, joined a mastermind, or put yourself out there and connected with leaders in your industry. Just taking those steps will push you and your business to an entirely new level.

When I thought about what this weekend has given me, it struck me that it is a small investment, a very small investment, compared to what it has done to recharge me (which will in turn put me in a much better position to help and support my clients).

1 – Motivation – Again, this weekend recharged my battery by just being in the company of people who are accomplishing amazing things and building incredibly businesses. It has motivated me to realize what my business could be and the difference I could be making in my industry.

2 – Challenged – The weekend – the programming, the attendees – pushed me (in the words of one seminar leader) to get off my duff and do it! I realized I had a great year last year but that is just the tip of the iceburg. I was so challenged (in a good way) by what I saw my peers and mentors doing in their businesses that I cannot wait to go back and get started on mine.

3 – Learning – The weekend reenergized my passion to learn and grow and reminded me that there is not an end game to my business, a final goal, but that it is a journey. How exciting it is to grow, learn and really stretch yourself, your mindset and your abilities to an entirely new level.

4 – Support – Many who attended this weekend are leaders and mentors that on some level have intimidated me. I think they are amazing, and I learn so much from them that it taps my insecurities. However, spending a weekend with them reminded me how kind and supportive this group of people is and how important it is to be among your peers. It also reminded me that learning is great but learning together is far more powerful.

So yes, it was a great weekend. Now they are calling my flight, and I have to run, so let me leave you with this thought: If you want 2014 to be a great year, your best year on record, then adopt this strategy and “up” your game. Commit to be the average (and on the low side) of the five people you spend the most time with! Then get ready to Win in the Trust & Value Economy.