B2B–Day 1–Assemble Your Cabinet

August 24, 2011 by  
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Welcome to Day 1 of the Back to Business Series! I’m so glad you decided to stop by. By agreeing to participate in this series with other like-minded individuals, you are taking the first step in making a change or simply maintaining a positive existence by surrounding yourself with the transformative energy of people who want to be more, do more and live more—remarkably!

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that we imitate the behaviors of those with whom we associate most often. How many times have you caught yourself saying something that a close friend says or laughing exactly the way he or she does or doing something (even unconsciously) that he or she does (that you know is not what you do)? It’s human nature. We just do it and we can’t help it. The thing is there is nothing wrong with that if we are emulating positive behaviors and thoughts because doing so actually helps to spread them and compound their impact. But the question then becomes how do we capitalize on our natural instinct to emulate the thoughts and behaviors of those we associate with?  The answer is …by making sure we hang out with people whose thoughts and behaviors we’d want to replicate and emulate.

Your Network Determines Your Net Worth!

Have you ever heard that before? If not, think about it–it’s an awesome concept. Rich people hang out with rich people and broke people hang out with broke people (and I mean that literally and figuratively—financially, emotionally and spiritually)  The people you surround yourself with either help to lift you up and propel you forward or they bring you down and keep you back. I’ve heard some people say, “My friends don’t lift me up, but they don’t hold me down. I do what I want to do. They don’t influence me or reflect who I am.” That’s baloney or a bunch of BS (whichever word makes you see it for the lame rationalization it is).

Simply put, if you are not growing, you are dying. If you are not moving forward, you are not making progress. If you are surrounding yourself with individuals who are not helping or supporting you in moving forward, they are assisting in holding you back. Accept it. No one says you have to completely ditch your constantly complaining bff or that you have to stop talking to your negative neighbors in the effort to be a positive force in their lives, but you also have to think about yourself. You need individuals in your life who are positive influences and supporters of your growth and development.

Who are these people?

It’s hard sometimes to find people who truly want you to be successful. Some people say they want the best for you, but as soon as you start doing your best and achieving your best they start hating on you. That’s because they are not about anything. The fact is, those people are not the ones you want to emulate. You want to find people who are also interested in achieving their best—personally, professionally and physically. That way you all are achieving your best together! People who are trying to live their best lives don’t have time (nor interest) in hating on others’ success! These are the people you want to surround yourself with.

Where are these people?

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly where they are physically (because they are in many different places depending on where you live), but I can tell you where they definitely aren’t. They aren’t on a website like N*Powered Women or logging on to URL’s like be-remarkable.org that’s for sure! So, what you need to do is connect with the people who are on sites like these and enlist them in your Power circle.

As you prepare for this school year, make it your mission to find a group (at least 5 or 6 people) that you will designate as your “Executive Cabinet.” These people should not be the type to allow you to get off the hook with any excuses. You will all be responsible for keeping each other accountable for achieving whatever you set out to achieve this year.


Today’s task:

In the comment box below, let us know you’re here and ready to get back to business! In addition, post the first names of the 5 or 6 people you have or plan to invite to be a part of your “executive cabinet” this year. If you’d like to join my cabinet, include my name on the list and in a day or two I’ll let you know exactly how to do that!

There’s still time to invite your friends to join us for this 5 day series. Share this post with them on facebook or twitter. After all, sharing is caring.

See you tomorrow for Day 2! 



6 Responses to “B2B–Day 1–Assemble Your Cabinet”
  1. Charlene says:

    Surrounding myself with hardworking/positive individuals has always been a goal. This year I will be working on cirr development and new subject matter…which means I will be working with new people. And I have personal goals that I must accomplish as well. So I have my list that will be apart of my cabinet. Jaime, Aliza, Ray, and The Girls (Takiyah, Manushka, Tamika, Nadz).

  2. Judy says:

    Terrific advice for getting rid of the baggage (unproductive people)in our lives and aligning ourselves to people who would keep us on point. My circle of movers and shakers are Anne-Marie, Annette, Anne, Karen, Jade, and Janice.

  3. Tamesha says:

    Of course this is GREAT information, as I expected. One way to make sure you have the “right” people around you is to ask them what are your goals? If your nearest and dearest friends have no idea what your dreams and aspirations are, how can they help you to achieve them?! My executive cabinet includes… Zakiya, Adia, Leslie, Carmen, Teresa, and Nicolette!

  4. Nicolette says:

    Hey Ladies,
    Nice to see you and glad to know that you all are off to a great start!
    Thanks for including me Tamesha!

  5. I have to stop thinking, talking and worrying about the baggage. I have to take action and get rid of mental, physical, and rat-packing baggage.

    It will be harder to find at list five or more people for my executive cabinet. It is like asking me to search for gold under my bed. People today do not want to do anything above and beyond what they are now doing. Nothing!

  6. Nicolette