Do you think you have influence?
In “Search Inside Yourself,” Chade-Meng Tan makes the argument we all have influence.
“The first rule of influence is that we all already have it,” wrote Tan. “Everything we do or don’t do, and everything we say or don’t say, has an effect on other people. The key is not to acquire influence, but to expand the influence we already have and to use it for the good of all.”
So everything you do today has an affect on others. Whether it’s the way you walk into the gym, talk to people, etc. you are affecting others. I do think it’s important to note here, however, that you are only in control of you. While you have influence, you can only determine your own words and actions; how others respond and react to you is completely up to them. You can’t control that and it’s essential to remember this truth because otherwise this idea and truth can become another wild beast.
Moving on, Tan gives four steps for growing the reach of your influence I’d like you to process through today:
Today, first recognize you have influence and you are affecting those around you. Then begin to take the steps to use it for the greater good. You might be surprised by the power of your reach.