You Count – Influencing Others

ripplesYou have a superpower – the power to influence others. Did you know?

Why is this a superpower? Let’s take a look at that. The first thing to consider is that other people matter. They matter “because so much of our happiness is dependent on others.”* Taking it a step further – look at the news and social media. If you look closely, you can see that what people are saying and doing is impacting the choices that others make. Having the power to influence others is a really big deal.

So, what are you going to do with your superpower? Will you be a force for good? Or will you choose to spread negativity? Making the world a better place starts with you. While you could use your power for toxic things like gossiping and bullying others, letting your own insecurities lead to pettiness and dishonesty, or being intolerant of others, I challenge you to instead spread positivity and goodwill.

How can you do this? Well, here’s one way. Think about your strengths, those things that are the essence of “you.” Need help getting started? Here are just a few possibilities – empathy, generosity, purpose, creativity, curiosity, bravery, leadership. Pick one of your strengths and think about how you use it or express it normally. Is there a simple way you can use that strength to influence someone positively? For example, if empathy is your strength, maybe you can act as a mediator for two friends who are having an argument.

Not only will using your strengths in this way make you feel better, it can also cause a ripple effect. Meaning that other positive effects will result from your actions. How awesome is that?

What strength will you use to influence others?

 

*The idea for this post came from Flawed: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things that Make You Who You Are by Emily-Anne Rigal with Jeanne Demers, Chapter 6.

~Jocelyn@Lynnwood Library

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