“Becoming a Person of Influence”By Jeff Earlywine
Over twenty years ago a book was authored that seemed to fall through the cracks of greatness. The book was co-authored by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan and was titled Becoming A Person Of Influence. Both of these men know very well the definition of the word influence and live it in both their personal and professional lives. This article is not meant to rewrite the book but to revisit how important it is to be a person of influence. Like their book, this article will attempt to break apart the word INFLUENCE, and give a brief explanation of how you can become a person of influence.
First, a few thoughts about influence. One, John C. Maxwell is perhaps best known for saying, “Leadership is influence.” Second, your influence is not equal with all people. Thirdly, when people feel good about you and themselves during the times they’re with you, then your level of influence increases significantly. Lastly, the only inheritance that a man (woman) will leave that has eternal value is his (her) influence.
As I write this, I am thinking about a client that needs a turn around. Heck, they need a “inside-out turn around.” When they came to me about two months ago they were way past ready to shut their doors. In fact, they could barely even find a door to close. Below are some actions that we took immediately to stop the bleeding and turn the ship around.
Don’t leave that feeling just yet. Take a few minutes and stay there, and while you are there make a “detailed” list of all the amazing things that have happened. Then as you slowly come back to today make one more list. Don’t’ wimp out on me here. Be very specific on this list. These are not really goals, but action steps that you will take. Steps that will cause what you saw to be reality in a short twelve months.
These action steps will be what guides you all year long. Creating this powerful list now will almost assure that what you saw from the time machine will actually happen by the end of this year.
Now you may be saying, “I need a little push to get started?” I think I can help you. Why don’t we jump on the phone together and talk through it. No cost to you. Just my way of helping you this year.
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However, when a person takes the time to ask me about organization I take their question seriously. If a person is asking about being more organized I know they are considering changes in their life. Changes that could give them more time to spend with their families, time to spend developing the business that they have only dreamed of, or changes that will make them enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror, changes that could be difficult and terrifying.
Below are some very practical ideas that you can apply to your life. I have spent my lifetime gathering these ideas, not only gathering but also applying them successfully in my own life.
There are several reasons but one that I have discovered has to do with planning and productivity. Every successful person that I was studying had a weekly and daily routine. The weekly started on Friday (or the weekend) for the following week, and the daily routine started early in the morning (many times in the shower).
When I noticed this I decided to developed one for myself. I created two very simple worksheets - one for weekly and one for daily. They are both very different than each other. And… I went old-school on this. I made myself fill them out manually. No apps, no software and no websites. Just paper and a pen.
What I found happening was amazing. Almost instantly I became more focused and much more productive. This simple planning made me more productive which resulted in increased profits.
There are two downloads and I am giving you free access to them with the links below.
Personal Weekly Planning Sheet
There are four sections on this sheet. I would encourage you to fill all four out, but don't over load them. Remember, the goal is productivity so putting more on your planning sheet that you can possibly accomplish in a week is only setting your self up to fail.
Daily Routine For Complete Success
The five sections in this may seem very basic. But I challenge you to read them out loud each and every day. Get them in your head and heart. Feel them! See them happening! Know that all things are going to work out for you today!
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I know this is not for everyone and if it is not for you I understand, no worries at all.
Make it a great day... Jeff
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In a moment of honesty, you would have to admit that you are overqualified for most of the tasks you perform in both your personal and professional life. If you’re like most, you spend several working hours every month filing paperwork, standing at the copier, sending faxes, returning emails, and answering unproductive phone calls. Off the job, you probably spend just as many hours cleaning, washing, landscaping, and running errands that could be performed by just about anyone. And while some of the tasks you perform are ones that you enjoy, most of them are neither the most productive nor the most preferred tasks in your life. That’s why delegation is such a powerful instrument.
You see, most people don’t fully understand the power of focus in their lives and the role delegation plays in allowing that to happen. Having more freedom in your life is merely a function of focusing on the few things that create the greatest emotional and spiritual equity personally, and the greatest significance and profitability professionally.
If your desire is to free up more time and more energy to spend on the things that you value most on and off the job, determine your answers to the following 3 questions.
What do you want your life to look like? Ask yourself: “What tasks outside my job do I routinely become involved in that I am either not good at or don’t like doing?” Whatever tasks fit this profile should be delegated as much as possible.
What do you want your business to look like? Ask yourself: “What is required of me that I don’t do well or that someone else can do as good as or better than me?” Consider the following examples:
If you used that time to increase your productivity on the job, how much more could you do? If you used that time to invest more in your family and friends, how much value could you add?
“The laboring man,” said Lord Clarendon, “knows what every hour of his time is worth.”
There are many important aspects to running a successful business today. But one practice, if done consistently, will almost guarantee that you will move ahead of your competition. “What is it,” you ask??
I personally first learned this idea when I was a cocky college kid. I had a professor say to us, “If you go out and read your electric meter every day you will save money on your electric bill.” Well… I thought he was crazy and I was determined to prove him wrong. But what happened shocked me and my room mate. As I read that meter everyday we found ourselves turning off lights quicker, not running the A/C as much - heck we even turned off the breaker box. We didn’t know that if you do that too many times you can break the breaker - ooops. But, at the end of the month our electric bill was $18!!! Are you kidding me??? All because we focused on how much electric we were using every hour of the day.
So… how does this ONE THING get applied to your business?
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