Who are the people who have influenced you, do influence and/or you want to influence you? What are the reasons and how are they influencing you?
I often think of these questions because I firmly believe that who we are is shaped in large part by those who influence us. The majority of the time we can pick and choose who influences but there may be other times when we have less control. The key is to identify the reasons someone might influence you.
I can remember the influence as a teen from some of my church leaders. They really reached out to me and other teens to be sure we were okay. They cared about us, they served us, they made sure we had activities to participate in and they loved us. I get chills today thinking of the time and effort they took out of their lives to help me. I was truly touched and influenced by them and their actions.
I learned trust, honor, ethics, dedication, integrity, service, unconditional love, and many other characteristics from these leaders.
I feel fortunate to have had many great influencers in my life both personally and professionally. They have helped to shape who I am today and will be tomorrow. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful to each one of them for their influence in my life.
So today, take some time to think of the influencers in your life. Who are they? Why are they influencers (be specific)? What have you learned from them? There is a natural energy that comes from thinking of those that have an impact on your life.
Heroes Influence but they know who their influencers are.