First in a series of a multi-blog post on Influence
In the world of influence there are dreamers, tinkers and winners. Dreamers are the people who wish, pray, hope and play the mental lottery hoping to get the winning ticket. Tinkers are the people who toy with the idea, experiment with numbers and sidetracked with “shiny objects.” The winners are those who want to jog, so they jog today, they buy the outfit, they read about “safe” jogging and they put “jogging” on the calendar. A winner does what they are dreaming and what they are tinkering with.
THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS STILL HARD WORK AND THAT’S NOT A SECRET
EMPOWER YOUR STRENGTHS
List your strengths and weaknesses. What happens next happens every time we mention winners. We judge ourselves with too many weaknesses to become a winner. But let’s be honest—we all know our weaknesses, but we all know our strengths. Instead of concentrating on our weaknesses and gauging how we will fix, eliminate or diminish our weaknesses, let’s concentrate on our individual strengths God has given us and let’s empower it.
Empower your strength by finding avenues to exercise it. Buying into your strengths will yield a better harvest then trying to pull out every weed that grows in the field. Funding weaknesses and discovering a strength in the mix leads to trouble as placing the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If your strength is the gift of communication begin to research how to better communicate to your circle of friends, family and business associates by planting visual pictures of your strengths at work.
Send a card for their birthday
Text a “happy” note each day
Use Twitter as an encouragement tool
Contact someone you haven’t heard from in a while
Discern the needs of others and lift their spirit
When your strength is communication and you invest in people’s lives the weakness will become weaker and the strength will become stronger. Just as muscles grow stronger through exercise so personality strengths become stronger through use.
DON’T WASTE A LIFE—INVEST IT
EVALUATE THE PAST
Answer these questions cover a period of time – maybe a week. Your greatest influence may well be found in this process of self-evaluation.
Where did I find the most satisfaction?
Where did I influence people?
Where is my heart headed?
When do I get the most done?
When do I influence others the most? (Time of year and event)
When do I know I did my best?
Who are my friends who tell me the truth?
Who is my mentor?
Who most influences me?
What is my life’s major dream?
What do I love the most?
What am I doing daily to reach my dreams?
Why?–most important question of all.
Why do I do what I do?
Why am I not influencing others?
Why don’t I start today?
When we carefully and prayerfully examine and evaluate our life we might get discouraged but would you be willing to change if you knew you could actually close next year being encouraged because your field of influence grew?
Pray this prayer with me, Lord, increase my territory, enlarge my boundaries, fill me with more of you, through my humility and strength in you I can do all things. AMEN.
Coming next: Become a Person of Influence- Little or Much?
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