“Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion, and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.” ~Thomas Carlyle
Influence. A form of social influence.
It’s how most people get what they want.
How we influence others is in direct response to the results we achieve.
It’s all about our motivation, truly the heart of the matter.
People who rant and rave get results, but at what cost to others?
They resort to name calling and threats to get people to hear what they have to say.
Their main goal is to make us think like them.
Yes, those who demand attention get attention.
But seriously, how much respect do we have for those people?
Have you ever been forced to listen to someone? Did you really think what they said was worth your time? Did you actually place faith in their words? Or were you intimidated?
Do you want people to listen to you because they fear you?
And then there are the people who lead by example.
They are usually soft spoken, compassionate people who forge their way with love.
They don’t call us names.
They don’t even tell us what we SHOULD be doing.
If they have any goal other than to live a good life, it is to make us think.
They softly encourage us to do our best.
They pick us up when we are down.
They are our cheerleaders in this game of life.
In fact, they just quietly live their lives for the good of all.
They generate peace wherever they are.
Do you want to be a harsh force that shapes the world according to your standards?
Or do you want to be a gentle leaf of persuasion for good in this life?