In our latest episode of The Good Life podcast, we are talking all about the power of influence and what that means to us in 2018. I want to open up the discussion here with you guys and talk more about this topic because I really feel like it’s an important subject with significant impact. Keep reading…
THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
What is influencing your life right now? In other words, what is feeding your soul at the core? Is it social media? A celebrity? A substance addiction? A job? A boyfriend or girlfriend? It’s important we dive deep to understand this topic because what you’re putting IN is a reflection of what you’re putting OUT. You can be influenced in both the right way and the wrong way, but how do you differentiate the good from the distraction? We hope this episode will challenge your mind, body, and spirit to understand the power of influence in your life. Social media plays a big role in this so we’re going to talk about that too! I’m going to open up about what it’s really like being a Digital Influencer and share the highs and lows in the heavy space, plus 3 useful tips to help you when you start to get lost in that deep dark tunnel of Instagram comparison.
I recently traveled to NYC to meet makeup icon and mogul, Laura Mercier. She shared some genuine wisdom and reminded me of the power that comes with having a platform and influence:
Stay true to your authenticity – always. Don’t spread yourself thin by trying to do a million things you think you have to do. Having a passionate heart is just as important as having a business mind. Don’t let money motivate all your decisions. When you can see the vision ahead, everything else in your path will naturally start to follow in that direction. Choose your business partners wisely but know there’s no such thing as a perfect business partner so be prepared to compromise. Trends will come and go but your authenticity produces longevity. Never stop being grateful for what you have. Work hard and rest hard because having the right balance is what produces the best results and prevents anxiety and burnout. If you’re a new mom, remember the first 5 years of your child’s life are the most crucial years that you’re never going to get back – so make it count.
Philippians 4:8- “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.”
Book suggestion: 40 Days to A Joy Filled Life
3 things you can do to Get your mind out of the CLUTTER AKA comparison: When you start comparing…
1. Stop & Turn Around (whether the distraction is TV, social media, a person in your life..) Turn it OFF. Immediately walk away.
2. Channel Your attitude into Gratitude. Immediately remind yourself of 3 things you’re thankful for in your life. Yeah maybe you don’t have his or her life, but YOU HAVE YOUR LIFE. If you can’t think of one here are 3 I can tell you off the bat. 1.) You’re alive 2.) You’re breathing 3.) There’s only ONE You.
3. Write the opposite of what your biggest insecurity is on multiple post it notes and stick it in all the places you spend more than a minute of your day in (for me thats every room of my house, my bathroom and my car.)
Moses spends 40 days and 40 nights with God – fasting. He saw no one else for these days (imagine that). They described his skin as glowing and radiant after he returned to his people. I envision after spending this time with God, He grew closer to God, walked closely with him and as a result he was INFLUENCED by him. God started rubbing off on him – and after this Moses conquered his tasks with this newfound leadership. This is an example for my life and how I want to draw closer to God – and to be more like Him. That is the ultimate power of influence.
GOOD WORD OF THE WEEK: Discover the power within YOU to influence and to seek a greater influence beyond just a worldly kind. Your voice is never too weak or too inexperienced to influence someone in your community. We all have a story and a purpose so no matter how many years you’ve been on this Earth or how many Instagram followers, YOU have the power and a VOICE to authentically make an impact.
I hope this post inspired you in some way. If you like what you read, I hope you’ll subscribe to our podcast here for more on this episode and other topics to help you live a Good Life. xo!