Influence (Part 2)

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” —Robert Fulghum

I love this quote, however, I don’t think this it is true only with your children, but with everyone you interact with on a daily basis. John Maxwell says that “Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less.” You may not consider yourself a person of influence, but here is what I know about you, you influence a lot more people than you think you do.

The average person will unintentionally influence 10,000 people in their lifetime. Think about that… If you do nothing else except breathe, you will influence 10,000 people throughout the course of your life. Whether you know it or not, you are influencing people right now. There are people in your life that look up to you and want to be like you. How many people could you impact if you started using your influence on purpose?

Yesterday, I posted about the power of the things and people who influence us. If you understand the impact that others have made in your life through their influence, then you have to understand the potential impact your influence can have on others.

Take a few moments and reflect on the impact your influence is having on the world. Ask yourself:

  • Who are the people in your life that you’re influencing either intentionally or unintentionally?
  • If someone looked up to you and started living life the same way you do (watching what you watch, reading what you read, listening to what you listen to, getting mentored by who you are mentored by, etc.) would they be better off or worse off?
  • If I were to ask 10 people in your life about your influence, would they tell me that you are a positive influence or a negative influence? What would you tell me?
  • Are you using you influence to make the world a better place?
  • Are you using you influence to make the people around you better?
  • If you have not been a great influence on others, what do you need to change in order to become a good influence?
  • What are some things you can do to become more intentional in using your influence for good?

Many of us already have influence with enough people to make the world a significantly better place. My challenge to you today is for you to realize the power of your influence and to use that influence to make the world a better place.

Don’t worry about the number of people you influence. Start with your family and co-workers. If you are using your influence to make the world a better place, God will increase the amount of influence you have in His timing.


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