Make Your Influence Matter in 2017

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in·flu·ence
ˈinflo͝oəns, noun – the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
Many of us have goals or at least ideas of how to improve ourselves this New Year.
A noble idea, yes. But have you considered the impact your goals and actions will make on those around you? In other words, what will you do in 2017 to positively – and not adversely – influence others?
Think for a moment on your successes – and failures – in the past year. Objectively look at the effect your actions had on others and ask yourself some pointed questions to see how your influence could have been more positive.
  • Was there a self-centered goal that neglected others?
  • Did your determination eclipse the needs that others had?
  • Were you so focused on your goals that you overlooked needs elsewhere?
  • Did you include people in helping you, or building accountability, or mutual team goals for your spheres of influence in your life?
  • Was there any fear that prevented you from being all you could be for others?

Asking objective questions – both from yourself and from others – is a great way to have us realize how our behaviors impact, for good or for ill, those whose lives intersect with ours.

None of us live or work in a bubble; everything we do has the ability to help others grow, or prevent it.

Determine this year to make your influence matter in the lives of as many people as you can this year.

(image: wikimediacommons)

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About Paul LaRue

My goal - To encourage you to lead & influence others with positive impact.

Posted on January.2.2017, in Character-based Leadership, Connection & Engagement, Culture, Inspiration, People Development, Personal Development. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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