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What we do matters.

Have we ever given thought to the impact that we have or have had on others. We may never know.  Yet, we can have a strong influence based on what we do, what we say, and how we show up. People are watching us all the time, whether we want them to or not. They are evaluating our actions to determine if they align with their beliefs and or whether they would do / say the same thing. 

There is an interesting book called the Gift of Influence by Tommy Spaulding.

Influence it matters

Mr. Spaulding suggests that we can make a real difference in the lives of those we interact with, whether that be at home, work, or life. If we became more aware of the influence and impact, we have on others, would that help us to show up with greater kindness, empathy, and appreciation for the world around us?  If we had greater awareness, could we be more conscience and intentional with the choices we make and the way that we interact with those around us.  We so often operate on autopilot, moving in and out of situations and opportunities without real awareness.  It is only through being more intentional that we can choose those emotions and behaviors that can have a positive impact on others. 

We can decide to slow the world down just a bit and live with greater intention and more presence.  The term “mindfulness” has shown up more frequently in both our personal and professional lives.  Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of what we are doing, where we are, and being sensitive or aware of what is going on around us.  When we are more aware, we make better cognitive decisions, we reduce our stress, and have a healthier relationship with the life and people around us. 

The questions become:

1.      Who do I want to be? 

2.      How do I want others to describe me?

3.      What is the legacy that I want to leave behind?

4.      What kind of impact or influence do I want to make on others?

5.      How can I be more present and aware instead of operating on autopilot?


Take this time to consider the gift of your influence and how you want to make a difference to others. 

While we may never know the full rippling effect that we have on others, what we do know is that if we are to be influential, we want our impact to be a positive one.  Be the person that you want others to be. 

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