What is your life in the grand scheme of the world? Does what you do matter? Can you affect change?
These are questions I’ve debated with myself for years. And, I’ve come to one realization:
We all hold the power of influence!
The real question should not be whether we have the power of influence in the world but what will we do with the power we have.
We can use the power of influence to affect four kinds of change. Let’s explore these four kinds of change than we can initiate from our power of influence:
You’re right. No change isn’t change but we can still influence to maintain the status quo. Not making a change can be good or bad.
One of my common sayings is, “I’ll change that when I take over the world.” Of course, this is somewhat sarcastic because I know I’ll never take over the world.
However, if that potential change pertains to something that would have a positive effect on someone, shame on me for waiting until I take over the world to facilitate that change.
When we have an experience that causes us to think about what we can do to make it better, we have a moral obligation to make it better. The only time we shouldn’t try to facilitate change with the power of influence is when we truly believe it cannot be better.
What do you witness in the news each day? If you’re like me, you stay away from the “news” because it is almost always negative. I want to surround myself with positivity so I just don’t watch, listen or read the news.
All that negative news, however, is caused by people using the power of influence. They hold a power but use it in a negative way.
You’ve likely heard the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Many times, the people influencing negative change are the squeaky wheel.
For example, it’s a minority of Americans who want to strip God from everything. That minority is making headway, though, because they squeak louder than the majority of Americans. They are using the power of influence to achieve their agenda.
Getting positive changes to take hold can be a long and arduous process. It has been said that:
No one will change until the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same.
Sometimes, we need to influence others to realize how much better things can be if they make a change. Convincing them of that can be difficult. If we first make that change, though, convincing others to follow in our footsteps can be much easier.
You’ve probably thought of something already today that could be improved if changed. What did you do about starting the chain reaction to get that change made? Nothing?
We have a duty to be a positive influence on the world. Using the power of influence we have over others is the easiest way to be a positive influence.
Change for change’s sake
We all like to believe we are important, popular, influential, etc. With some, they boost their egos by making change for change’s sake. There is no reason for the change except that it is a personal preference to do something a certain way.
What a shame that these people cannot use their influence for good. Instead, they cause heartache and turmoil for everyone else. And, it’s just to make themselves feel good.
You know already that when you use the power of influence to affect positive changes, that in and of itself, makes you feel good. Having positive influences on others will have a positive impact on you.
What will you do with your power of influence?
Now that you’ve seen the four kinds of change, which one do you want to be attributed to you? Do you want everything to stay as it is? Doubtful…
Do you want to have a negative influence on the world? Surely not…
Do you want to change things to make yourself feel good but not help anyone? Hopefully not…
Do you want to make the world a better place? Yes!
Now that you want to be responsible for making positive changes with your power of influence, you need to know two secrets of using that power.
The first secret is to start small. Large drastic changes rarely last. Think of the last “diet” you tried. If it was too big of a change, it probably lasted only a week, if that. You need to make small changes and then build on them.
The second secret is to let others think it was their idea to change. This is what good coaches do. They don’t tell their students what to do. Instead, they guide them to make the right decisions themselves.
Once you put these two tactics into place, your power of influence will shine like the light you want to be!