Influence – we all have it.

Usain Bolt at the World Championship Athletics...

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Everyone has influence.  Some influence hundreds of people, others influence only one or two.  Some make their name as major influencers, some you never hear about.

Influence can be positive or negative.  Hitler influenced.  Abraham Lincoln influenced.  Usain Bolt influences.  Barack Obama influences.  Each of these have been, or are leaders, but their effectiveness as a leader depends on their sphere of influence.

I don’t know if Usain Bolt sought the influence he now has when he started training as a boy in the Caribbean.  However, due to his success as an athlete, celebrity has found him and with that comes influence – influence over young kids who wish to take up running, and achieve world records.  Sportswear businesses know this which is why they want endorsements from celebrities such as Usain.

I have influence.  You have influence.  Sometimes we are aware of it, and sometimes we aren’t.Recently, a friend spoke with me and during this conversation I came to realise that something I had said to her a while back had caused her to reconsider certain things in her life and make changes.  She also made me realise that she wasn’t the only person who had taken on board what I had said and made changes to their lives.  I found this a revelation.  Until I heard this for myself, I didn’t realise what an effect I had on people.

Now that light has been shone on this area for me, I have to be so careful.  I have to check:

  • what I do
  • what I say
  • what my heart motive is in any given situation
  • am I genuine?

Why? I do not want to lead anybody into a situation where they get hurt, or they make changes that cause pain.  Influence should be used for others, to allow them to achieve fullness and success , not for my own selfish desire or advancement.

I wish you a great motivational Monday, and may your influence be positive.

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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2 Responses to Influence – we all have it.

  1. AnnabelleB says:

    Great point, Kate. It’s so easy to underestimate the influence we have on others: I’ve worked with dozens of business leaders and managers who seem to think that they can turn their influence on and off like a tap, without realising that they are influencing people all the time whether they like it or not.

    More to the point, you’ve really got me thinking about the extent and limitations of my OWN influence, and whether it’s always as productive as I would like it to be.

    Annabelle B at Yara Consulting

    • katehobbs says:

      Hi Annabelle
      Thank you for your comment. Writing this post has helped bring to the fore my need to check my actions, words etc. I know that I will have to revisit this lesson time and time again and each lesson needs to be built on the last otherwise I am not learning, am I?
      Thankfully, I have built an accountability group of people around me who challenge me about how I live, how I act, and what I say. It’s up to me then to hear what they are saying and work it through.
      I feel a post on accountability coming up!
      Thanks Annabelle for your feedback.

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