“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Have you ever met someone whose glass is always half empty? They see most things as negative and they are almost always waiting for some impending disaster.

Now think of the person who walks through life with the glass half full attitude. They are positive, able to see the silver lining in almost every situation.

The question is what is the difference between these two people?  How can two people have the same experience yet have totally different experiences?

The answer is their INFLUENCE.

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What comes to mind when you hear the word INFLUENCE?

Influence can be defined as the power to have an important effect on someone or something.

“Environment is stronger than willpower.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

Your influences are the people, books, movies and environments that are shaping your thoughts, influencing your feelings and determining the actions you consciously and unconsciously take. The result can be positive and uplifting or negative and the source of much frustration.

Let’s explore the three most powerful influences that affect your life:

1- What you watch, read and listen to.

People often spend considerable amounts of time watching TV and movies.  They are spending time on social media as well as listening to music and reading magazines. Consider that what you see and hear goes into your mind and influences what shows up in your life.

Are you watching too much television? How would you rate the quality of music and books that are currently influencing your life?

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – John C. Maxwell

2- What you think about.

Every one of us has an inner voice. It runs on autopilot and is constantly dwelling on our every thought- positive and negative- every day. Our thoughts become the ‘seeds’ that, in time, will ‘reap what we sow’.

Take a moment and listen to what is going on in your mind? Are your thoughts moving you towards your goals or are they keeping you stuck?   

Watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Watch your words, for they become your actions. Watch your actions, for they become your habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. – Lao Tzu

3- Who you associate with.

The single greatest influence on your life is the people you spend the most time with. It is said that your life is the average of the five people you most associate with.  Now consider the five people you spend the most time with. Is the quality of your life a direct reflection of the quality of those five relationships? Is your present circle of influence creating an environment that is moving you towards your goals?

“Never mistake the power of influence.”    Jim Rohn

Every interaction, conversation, and action you have has the potential to influence yourself and other people.  How can you now manage your present environment and begin living your best life?

If you desire an environment that nurtures your well-being and brings out the best in you, JOIN the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled community and embrace the power of INFLUENCE!