Specific individuals have that irresistible and flaming influence. They bring out the best in others. They know how to get the extra effort from the people they are around. They possess a knack for inspiring people. They can foster hope in discouraging times. They rally discouraged people to achieve specific goals amid overwhelming odds.
Their influence is like a fire on a cold, lifeless piece of iron. While many attempts have been made to break the metal, all have failed. But the small, soft flame curls around the iron, embracing it, and never leaving the iron until it melts under the flame’s irresistible influence.
History reminds us of influencing people. Napoleon, when on the battlefield, was, in balance, according to Wellington, the equivalent of fighting against another 40,000 men. England and perhaps the whole Western world owes its existence to the ability of Winston Churchill to breathe hope into a sad and frightened nation. He rallied her citizens to stand firm and courageous against the onslaught of the dreaded Nazi fighting machine.
What is it about these influencing people that we can learn from that will enable us to have the same kind of influence?
Influencing individuals have an undeniable dream.
All influencing individuals know where they are going. They have a clear sense of direction. A reason for living. A clearly defined purpose for life. Victor Hugo, the French poet, wrote, “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
Influencing people see as secondary the climbing a ladder of status or chasing a gold mine of wealth, those things will not last beyond the grave. Instead, they dream of impacting people for eternity. They give themselves to the attainment of that pursuit. And, as William James once stated, “The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will outlast it.”
Influencing individuals have an unflappable tenacity.
Persons of tenacity refuse to quit. Nothing will discourage them. They attack life with determination. They possess remarkable staying power. They refuse to quit. They know that life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all. When faced with a mountain, they do not stop. They keep on striving until they climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath, or turn the mountain into a gold mine.
Influencing individuals have a fearless faith.
Courageous faith is committed to high ideals. People of faith will not allow their principles to be compromised. Courageous faith is revealed in adverse conditions. People of faith are never victims of circumstances, but victors over circumstances. Bold faith is optimistic about tomorrow. People of faith know that when one door is shut another door that is bigger and wider a little farther down the road will be opened. Courageous faith is persisting when we don’t feel like it. People of faith know that feelings are like a caboose on a train, present but not essential to the ultimate arrival of the objective.
Influencing individuals have unyielding compassion.
Influencing individuals demonstrate care
and compassion for the people they are around. This love propels them to make a
Love keeps the flame of influence burning
brightly. Teilhard de Chardin said it this way: “The day will come when,
after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness
for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the
history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.”
One person has the power to make a difference: A difference in one’s marriage, one’s family, one’s home, one’s work, one’s school, one’s church, one’s community, one’s nation, and one’s world.
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Rick Ezell is the Managing Partner of Employee Care of America, which provides care, chaplaincy, coaching, and crisis management to the workplace (www.employeecareofamerica.com). Read more of his writings at www.rickezell.com.