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.