You know the saying, “Use it or lose it!” Well, today I’m talking about your influence. You've got to constantly be exercising your influence in all walks of life or it will atrophy, just like any other muscle. So what are five really great reasons for exercising your influence muscle?
Keep it strong. If you aren’t constantly using your influence, chances are it’s going to get weaker, just like any other muscle would. I’m not saying you’ve got to walk around flexing all day, every day, but it’s important to handle some weighty problems several times a week and interact with others to handle these issues.
Prevent your influence from waning. If you aren’t using that influence, it’s going to get all weak and flabby and no one is going to trust relying on it when push comes to shove.
Practice makes perfect. If you’ve ever had a personal trainer, you know that, while they’ll offer you a wide variety of exercises to keep things interesting, they’re all going to focus on you getting those drills right. Most people won’t get it right on the first try, so you’ve got to constantly keep working at getting your influence to work for you.
Regular exercise prepares you for important situations. Practice makes perfect and you’re going to need to be exercising that influence regularly in order to be ready for the really important situations when people rely on you to make things happen and use that influence that’s so effective.
Keeping your influence flexed helps you beat the competition. Who do you think would win in a race: the guy who just woke up and put on some running shoes or the woman who spent months training for the race? That’s right, regularly exercising your influence is training to help you be ready anytime you come up against competition.
Now get out there and start working those influence muscles!