THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
Welcome to this episode of Live Better with your host Yasmin Shiraz. I hope everyone listening is doing fantastic. Today’s topic is: The Power of Influence. I originally wrote this post for my website and it was called Everything I Do Matters. The thought I want to convey in this podcast is someone is always watching you and because of that you have the power to influence a person whether positively or negatively. Let me see if a few questions will help to get the point across.
1. When a friend mentions a new food, or new product is your interest piqued? Are you more likely to try whatever it is that your friend spoke about?
2. If a family member tells you about something good or bad– are you likely to be influenced by what the family member said?
3. Do people ever ask you for your advice or for what you think?
I wanted to ask those questions because we live in a society that constantly tells us that we have no power. We live in a society that tells us people at the top control us and tell us what to think. Advertisers reach us and influence us by their commercials or magazine advertisements. Television shows influence us by what is said, what is worn, even the characters themselves are influential. However, you don’t have to be a corporation or on television to influence people.
As a writer, I’ve received letters from readers who’ve said I’ve influenced them to become writers. I’ve influenced people who’ve read my book Retaliation to resolve conflict differently. But, also, in my life choices, I don’t eat gluten products and I tell people why. It doesn’t force anyone to stop eating gluten, but the fact that I’m sharing information allows me to potentially influence someone.
The reason why this podcast is so important is: I think we all need to be reminded that we are powerful and we have influence. You may be influencing your co-workers, your boss, your friends, your family, and your children. Sometimes we get down on ourselves and think nothing we do matters. But that is wrong. Everything we do matters because someone is always watching. You could be sitting on bus and someone notices you reading a book and then they decide to get a library card. You don’t always know who you are influencing but by the fact that you are living, breathing and being an example of whatever is that you are doing, you have the power to influence someone.
I hope this tip encourages someone out there to utilize their power of influence in a powerful way.
If you have any tips or questions that you’d like me address on my site or on the Live Better podcast, please email me at YShiraz AT YasminShiraz dot net. For more Live Better episodes, please visit www.yasminshiraz.net , sign up on iTunes or sign up on Stitcher Radio. See you next time.