Everyone has influence, whether old or young, CEO or intern, with millions of social media fans or none.
We grow our influence through our intent. To be more influential in the lives of others, we need to be more intentional with our own.
When we live without intent, we allow space for our emotions to influence our actions, and often birth “unintended consequences.”
Marketers know this. Ads are built to generate emotional influence. Many people buy pricy new cars to gain happiness; none intend to be buried in debt.
The good news is that we are not our emotions. We can choose whether or not to give in to them.
This does not mean we should avoid emotion. Rather, it means setting an intention to recognize when we feel an unpleasant one and choose either to inject it into our experience, or reject it and let it pass.
With regular practice, our emotional awareness expands until we live fully inside each and every moment rather than our heads. We boldly reveal the truth of who we are. Our natural-born brilliance shines through. Our capacity to influence becomes infinite.