“SURROUND YOURSELF ONLY WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU HIGHER” –Oprah Winfrey
This quote appeared on my LinkedIn newsfeed and reminded me of an article I read about a young man who worked with Oprah Winfrey and said she never eats alone. The article indicated that eating with others is a common trait among successful people. I on the other hand, LOVE LOVE LOVE (can’t stress it enough) LOVE (yesJ) LOVE eating alone. I find it peaceful and relaxing. I know all of the owners of the local restaurants in Harlem, NY. After a hard day’s work, I enjoy eating a great meal without talking to be honest. A goal of mine in 2014 is to have new experiences and that ever happen if I continue to choose eating alone (although, I love it).
When I read this quote I had a hard time thinking of the people that can take me to a higher level. I have decided to make a list of 15 people to have dinner with that can contribute to my mind, body and spirit goals for 2014. I plan on challenging myself to not eat alone and force myself and to engage in new conversations. Let’s see where it leads me? My goal is to gain insight on what others are doing and make new contacts. I challenge you to do the same.
Often times we hear of 30 day diets, 14 day spiritual fasts, but we don’t hear about challenges to become social or improve our social lives. I challenge you to think of the people who can help you get to where you want to go. This will of course will require you to know where that is (I’m just sayingJ ). So take some time and think about who can help you reach your goals, or can help you in your current role.
As a nurse leader, I find myself giving more in friendships and mentoring others. Although, I enjoy mentoring and helping friends I would like to engage with people who can also help me get to where I want to be. I challenge you to do the same!