Influence

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. -Vince Lombardi

You know how when you fly somewhere, they always tell you in case of emergency to put your own oxygen mask on first? The same principle applies when it comes to taking care of yourself.

It's so important to get the rest that you need. That's why God told us to rest 1 day out of every 7. If you don't take care of your health, you won't have anything left to give to your loved ones.

When doubt and discouragement come against me, it's usually when I'm worn out. Things that normally seem like a wonderful challenge tend to be much scarier when I'm exhausted.

That's the time when I'm the most vulnerable and discouraged. If I'm not doing what I need to do to recharge, I leave myself open for the enemy to attack my mind and body.

You are important. Don't forget to take care of yourself so that you can show up powerfully in your sphere of influence!

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. -Vince Lombardi

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How to Strengthen Your Influence

I am concerned that a lot of leaders/parents lose their platform of trust by not following through on their promises. They either say yes too quickly, or they say no, but don't follow through. 

Can the people in your life really trust you? Do your spouse, kids, team, and friends believe you when you talk to them? It's kind of like shooting yourself in the foot when you don't mean what you say.

If you tell someone no, and they push past your answer to do whatever they want anyway, there must be consequences. If not, the people under your leadership won't actually believe that you mean what you say.  

When you say something, mean it, and follow through. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Don't leave room for confusion.

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Remember what the Centurion in Luke 7 said? It was amazing enough that it impressed Jesus!

For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Luke 7:8

The Centurion was a powerful leader because he was a man of his word. When he spoke, his followers hopped right to it.

When the people under your care trust you, it makes it much easier for them to follow your instructions. 

Sticking to your word means that you will need to take a moment to think before you speak. Don't let words and promises just fly out of your mouth, or your promises will be empty.

Key Idea: Empty words are a sure way to undermine your influence. Make a choice to strengthen your influence by being a person of your word.

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