Reference groups, the groups that we measure our behavior against, influence how we make choices in life. So it's important to choose our tribe wisely by surrounding ourselves with individuals who share our vision and values.
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It is within this pursuit that a particular concept, ‘reference groups,’ emerges as a guiding light, providing a haven for high achievers who share a common vision.
In the realm of psychology, the concept of reference groups stands as a crucial framework for understanding the profound influence that group norms can exert over an individual's decision-making and behavior.
In essence, these groups that we measure our behavior against and that influence how we make choices in life.
By gaining an awareness of our reference groups, we can begin to understand the impact that group norms wield over our actions and observe our propensity to emulate the behaviors and values of those groups to which we either belong or aspire (commonly referred to as our 'in groups').
Simultaneously, they underscore our natural inclination to distance ourselves from the behaviors associated with groups with which we do not identify (often termed our 'out groups').
The influence of these reference groups is stronger than we may realize. David McClellan with Harvard conducted studies for 25 years to gain a better understanding of why some people find great success in life and why others do not. His conclusion? 99% of our success in life is determined by our reference group, those people we spend the most time around.
Within the realm of reference groups, several distinct categories emerge, each playing a distinct role in shaping our behaviors:
Choose your tribe wisely by surrounding yourself with individuals who share your vision and values.
It has been said before that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around.
With that in mind, changing the group that you habitually associate with can have a considerable impact on your outcomes in life. Changing your reference group can completely alter the way you think, feel, and act.
In order to find your aspirational reference group, first reflect on your core values and beliefs. This clarity will help you consciously distance yourself from behaviors and norms that contradict your principles.
Next, define your aspirations and establish clear goals. You can later use your aspirational reference groups as benchmarks to track your progress and motivate yourself to excel.
Finally, identify role models by pinpointing individuals or organizations that epitomize your aspirations. Study their journeys, learn from their successes, and adapt their strategies to your own life.
There are many benefits to doing this, including new perspectives, enhanced motivation, and accelerated learning.
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