The definition of reference is the use of a source of information to ascertain something. Every single day we all refer to something. We may make a political point or point about sports and refer to a source in which we heard that point from.
What is a reference group?
- Reference groups act as a frame of reference to which people always refer to evaluate their achievements, their role performance, aspirations and ambitions.
Your reference group are the people in your circle that you are around the most. This could be the people at your church, your work, your football team, your friends, an organization you are involved in, etc. This reference group over time becomes who you are and what you are. If you are happy where you are, then stay within your reference group. If you want to accomplish more, do more, see more, have more, and ultimately give more, then you must have a reference group that can help you fulfill these desires.
Napoleon Hill (Author: Think and Grow Rich): after studying thousands of successful men, concluded that all successful men had many things in common and one of those things was a “mastermind group”. This mastermind group is 3-5 people who an individual associated with the most. These are the people who all had common goals and aspirations. This became the reference group.
Are you accomplishing your goals, desires, and ambitions? Yes or No? Who is in your reference group? I am re-thinking my reference group, I suggest you do the same.
To your success and your future.