How's Your Influence?

Do you realize that you are an influencer? You have the ability in some ways to cause others to change their thinking, decisions and actions. Of course, this can be used either for good purposes or bad ones.

The dictionary defines influence as the capacity or power to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, opinions and behavior of others. This is the nature of influence. When my children were very young, I knew that they watched me and picked up words and habits from me that were both cute and concerning. Children are easily influenced by those that they trust and spend time with. Now as adults, my kids exhibit traits that clearly point back to impressions that I have made on them over time, some that I smile about and others that show my imperfections. Such are the results of influence.

You have influenced people in your life to this point even as you have been influenced by others. What is the evidence of your influence? How have the people around you changed for the better because of your effect on them? Who are you affecting even now in ways that you probably take for granted? These are good questions to ask yourself as well as thinking about who is influencing you.

Aren’t you thankful for the people who have positively affected your life to help you to be who you are today? Realize that you are still being influenced by those that you respect and trust and maybe others who influence you in negative ways. Who has been impacting your life lately? Chances are their path is the direction you find yourself heading, consciously or not – that’s the power of influence.

Today’s world is filled with opportunities to influence others for good. The younger generations are looking for men and women with solid character to teach them how to live successfully in every facet of life. If you take the time to look at the people that you are in contact with each week, you will see some that are definitely being affected by you and others who don’t seem so obviously shaped by your example. Whether you are in a recognized position of leadership or not, be aware of the mark you can leave on your world when you treat each moment as an opportunity for positive impact on those around you.

So, how’s your influence? How are you making the world a better place to be? Why not decide to leave a good impression everywhere you go with everyone you meet? You might just be surprised at the positive difference it will make on the people you connect with and on the potential you see in every new day.