Who is truly powerful and influential?
If you want to discern a person who truly has power and influence, don’t just look out for characteristics such as extroversion, popularity and pushiness. Don’t be mistaken, many people who appear to be powerful and influential by boasting of their strengths and contacts may do so to compensate for actually feeling weak and powerless.
The story of Adolf Hitler
One famous example of someone who appeared powerful and influential is Adolf Hitler. Although he managed to rule Germany and many parts of Europe with an iron fist, the truth was that he was a psychologically weak and broken individual who preferred to commit suicide when the going got tough, instead of courageously facing his enemies. In this case Hitler appeared influential and powerful by having the power to terminate millions of human lives and rule Europe – yet this power and influence only lasted for a short period.
What makes a truly strong and influential character?
Truly influential and powerful people often go un-noticed. They don’t need to go around proving they are worthy and powerful – simply because they know they are! Most of the qualities that make them powerful and influential come from the way they approach and interpret life. In other words true power and influence comes from a superior state of mind.
How can I be powerful and influential?
- Become resilient
Your interpretation of negative events will determine if you have what it takes to be a person with power and influence. Therefore it’s recommended you don’t take whatever bad things happen personally. This requires you to cultivate a never-give up attitude.
- Fear no-one
So in order to become powerful and influential you need to grow what is known as “thick skin.” Don’t be moved by intimidation. Belittle enemies in your eyes by knowing they’re only human – they cry, fall short, feel inadequate, sadness and pain like you too.
Also learn to have no need of other’s approval of you or of what you’re doing. You simply have to learn to detach from other people’s opinion of you. Be un-concerned of it and unmoved by it. Just focus on God, your goals and do what you have to do.
If you look at the character of Jesus, he was extremely powerful and influential when He walked the earth. He feared no-one but God and had thick skin, so He didn't need the approval of other people. Jesus set an example for us to follow in our own personal lives, so strive to imitate His character.
- Believe in yourself
Also instead of focusing entirely on what is wrong with them, powerful people focus on what is right with them; for example their strengths and positive attributes. This is important as when you take big steps you will have faith that you can get the job done.
- Stop depending on others
To become powerful and influential you have to rely on God, but you also have to become your own best friend and supporter. This is sometimes referred to as “self love.” You have to learn how to encourage and comfort yourself when you’re down. You have to learn to give yourself advice and the reassurance that you can do it.
This is done by dealing with your negative core beliefs and practicing positive self talk. That means no labels such as “loser” or self talk that puts you down. The raw truth is that sometimes there may be nobody to turn to or to trust, so it’s vital you develop a strong relationship with yourself.
- Be a solution oriented person
Unfortunately most of us think worrying will do something to help our situation, but as Jesus said over 2000 years ago, worrying will do nothing for you. Learning how to find your way out when you get stuck is the key to reaching the top.
- Become financially secure
Being financially secure allows you to have control over what you want to do and where you want to go. It also can help buffer you during the hard times in life. I am not at all suggesting that money is everything; however without it you may see yourself at the mercy of others.
So start the habit of saving 10 percent of what you earn and don’t spend rashly and practice delayed gratification. Also tithe as the bible says and your generosity will be as Jesus told us "given back to you". Remember short term pain for long term gain!
Lastly, remember that becoming powerful and influential isn’t a state of affiliating with those in the top, pushing people around or being arrogant. It’s about having personal power and influence and using it ethically, wisely and in a way that will please and glorify God. Don’t worry about marketing yourself to be powerful and influential – sooner or later people will discover that you truly are. Leave the talking and the proving to those who need to fake it.
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