Each day we make an influence on the people around us. We have the choice to be a positive or a negative influence, consequently making a great impact on the people around you. I have a few questions to get you thinking about what type of an influence you are, and how you can improve upon it each day. As a result of following these few steps, you can become a more positive influence TODAY!
Who do you Influence each day?
We can all look back and find that one person who made an impact on our life. Take a moment, close your eyes right now and think about that person?
Go ahead close your eyes and think of that person?
Mentally capture the person and visualize how she/he made a difference and influenced you? That influence is what help make who you are today.
My mom was that person in my life. She was born in 1931 and lived through some of the most challenging times in America history, all while staying strong. My mom came from a broken, poor family, but these trials made her into a caring, compassionate and loving woman.
She shared her values of faith, family and love with each of her children and grandchildren. She sacrificed for each of us and always told us if we wanted something in life, we must work to attain it.
My mom was a competitive person in cards and games in addition to life. She enjoyed her family, friends and traveling. She believed in her faith and prayed the rosary to give her comfort and peace.
My mom passed away in November 2014 but her influence will be with me for a lifetime.
The question we have to ask ourselves is: Do we want our influence to be positive or negative to those we interact with each day? What influence do I want to show to those who are most important to me?
When we take time to decide how we will act to others we will start creating the interactions we want with others. I believe it is our goal to be a giver in our life, but what are we willing to give?
Take time right now and think about your influence and ask yourself how you are doing in your most important relationships to these questions:
•Am I giving quality time to my important relationships?
•Am I present when I am with these relationships?
•Do I give or take more from these relationships?
•What action do I need to do today to let these relationships know how important they are to me?
•When was the last time I genuinely thanked them for who they are and what they mean to me?
Take time to think about those you thought about and maybe even journal the answers to the questions above.
Take the challenge now to become the influence you want in each of your relationships. Remember the old saying: “The more you give, the more you will receive.”
My challenge to you is:
Give of yourself freely
Make a difference in the world!
Make it a GREAT day!