Influence. What comes to mind when you see that word?
Social media, more than likely. As in an "influencer." Someone with a lot of people who care about their posts.
But, let's... surprise, surprise... dive a little deeper than Insta-seduction.
Let's consider the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.
I always see the word as "internal fluency," and I like that a lot.
Equipoise. Alignment. Integration. <--- Those are all good synonyms, too.
They all, essentially, mean being in agreement with yourself (which is not nearly as easy as it sounds). It is a state I live in, because several years ago I simply decided to become an integrated person. And I've gotten used to living according to directives that launch from inside myself. I am the boss and leader of myself.
Recently, I took a necessary step, and joined a (very special) business incubator to help me take my authorship more seriously. In doing so, I have subjected myself to be influenced by the remarkable mentors and members of that container.
We have all been challenged/invited to make daily social media posts for the next 6 weeks. This is in the interest of increasing our overall online visibility, and I am sure there are many other benefits and strengths that will emerge.
But anyone who really knows me, knows that I am just not that social, and this is WAY OUT of my comfort zone, and even character zone! Matter-a-fact, I often feel contempt for social media, and enjoy multiple days without it on the regular. So, showing up with something to say every day?
Yup. I've committed to it, and just 3 days in, already feel a bit of steam-momentum starting to rise.
I would not be doing this without the strong urging of someone I have vetted and chosen to trust, in guiding me to an improved professional and financial state. I allowed her (Tanya, who you'll be hearing more about) to influence my behavior. It is an uncomfortable reach for me, and I also feel excited and stretched.
Your deep writing prompt today, should you agree, is:
What has recently had a positive influence on you??
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾