I need to be more of an influence to those around me.
I appreciate the amount of people I’ve been to reach through the blog. I admit that I’ve probably influenced at least a few people through the pictures and posts I’ve written since January of 2009. As I’ve always said, it’s been humbling that I’ve been able to help so many by essentially helping myself.
But I’m not talking about that kind of influence, the kind of influence that is associated with building a big, known brand, going on television, being a movie star, musician, etc., and reaching thousands/millions. I’m talking about reaching and influencing just a handful of people.
People directly around us. Friends, family, co-workers, etc.
If you’re looking for more motivation to lose weight, consider losing weight for those around you. Unless you’re an exception, more than likely you have people around you that need to lose weight. And, if not lose weight, do something that requires an incredible amount of willpower. Your actions, not words, will influence them. Since I started losing weight, watching what I eat, and going to the gym 4-5 days a week, a fairly high percentage of people around me have started changing their lives well. Many of these people don’t even read the blog regularly. They don’t see my cunning, clever posts, or newest tips for losing weight.
They just see my actions and what I get out of them.
Of course, there’s no way to know if I influenced any of these people whatsoever. I don’t know if me leaving for the gym almost every weeknight encouraged other people to do the same. If I influenced them, that’s wonderful. If not, the result is the same.
I’ve changed my life. They’re changing their lives. Everybody wins.
I challenge you to be influential. So many people wait to change, thinking it’ll be easier after X date (wedding, vacation, school, something), but don’t wait. Do it now. If you want it, take it. Stop going with the flow and go against the grain. Stop eating the upsized combo #1 with your co-workers every day at lunch, stop watching three hours of television when you get home from work, and stop being content with you are and what your life looks like.
You can lose weight and change your life today. Not only will it make your life better, but those around you as well.
You’ll find that in influencing others, you’ll influence yourself.