Embrace Your Influence And Step Out Of The Shadows

by | Nov 26, 2019 | Leadership, Mindset, Personal Growth

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Influence Can Last A Lifetime

When I was a little girl, my mother worked full-time on bookkeeping for my dad, who was a tradesman. So my mom hired a lady named Helen to care for our household. I have fond memories of this lady: she helped with baking, laundry and other household tasks.

She had a huge influence in my life. Just like Aibileen in the movie The Help, it felt like Helen was saying to me,

“You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”

She invited me to share and join in her work around the house as she pushed the laundry down the stairs. I’d help her push with my little feet. And when she was making bread, she’d let me play with the dough after I washed my hands.

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Each time she invited me to share in the work she was doing, she had a tremendous influence on my life. 

To this day, when I meet Helen, she calls me her little girl. She’s the first person that believed in me outside of my family and she saw something in me that I hadn’t seen in me yet. 

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Playing Small Robs The World Of Our Impact 

Influence is the power to have an important effect on something or someone, changing that person or that thing. Perhaps, even in an indirect but significant way. 

I want to encourage you to come out of the shadows and to walk big. To take the authority that God has already given you in the place where He has you. 

You know, when we think about influence, we often think about big names, such as Terry Fox or Taylor Swift or the President of the United States. 

But I want to talk about the influence that you have right now, exactly where you are. 

Here’s the thing, playing small keeps us from the influence we already have. It keeps us from building other people up in the way we could, like Helen did with me. It keeps us from having the impact that God has given us to have.

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“If You Can’t Walk, Then Crawl”

There is an eternal impact on the authority that God has given you. There is an eternal impact on the influence that you already have. 

If you’re not stepping into that influence, if you’re playing small, if you’re not taking the authority that God has already given you, then the world is missing out on your voice… on your impact… they’re missing out on you and the purposes and plans that God has for you.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”  

If this speaks to you today, then I want to encourage you to come out of the shadows. Walk big. Take authority where God has already given you authority in the place where you are.

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How To Walk Big And Step Into Your Influence

How can you do that?

  • Step One: be present where you are right now.
  • Step Two: get the support you need so you can begin to step out.
  • Step Three: speak up in safe places and practice letting your voice be heard.
  • Step Four: be someone who values others and also adds value to people.    

Which step do you find easiest to do and which step do you find hardest? 

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Ann’s work is centred on the belief that every woman has purpose. So her mission is to empower a community of women to live their extraordinary lives with joy…

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