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Your ability to influence the world starts with a change in mindset

Understanding influence

The ability to influence your environment starts with you. That may seem obvious but to many people it is not.

Being able to influence yourself first is step one towards shaping your environment. When you are aware of your values, preferences, outcomes and intentions and you have choice about your state and what you do with your attention, you are in a position to make and articulate informed choices.

Have you ever met anyone who keeps changing cities, or partners or jobs but they keep getting the same results with each example? The same pattern keeps emerging.

Their behaviour stays the same and no matter how often they shift workplaces, for example, they keep having similar ‘problems’ with their bosses or colleagues.

However, before you start pointing fingers at anyone, it is fair to say that we all experience something like this at least once in our lives.

Becoming aware of your patterns of behaviour can be a challenging task, however it can be extremely useful – especially if you want to influence the world around you.

The old adage of ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ comes to mind here.

The question is, how do you do this?

In the article How to Control your feelings – and live happily ever after, By Steve Ayan published in American Scientist Magazine the author provides us with a good piece of advice.

‘Situation modification’: the key is to anticipate the potential for stress and take proactive measures. These interventions can be as simple as carrying a ‘lucky charm’ says the author.

There are many ways in which you can do this.Those of you reading this who have received proper training in NLP, can probably think of the anchors you use to manage your state, the principle of reframing or even using the ‘swish pattern’, for the sentence quoted above.

Nevertheless, what is important here is that you can influence your world by first influencing the way you perceive it. And the first step to it is building awareness.

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Edited by Jules Collingwood, NLP Trainer at INSPIRITIVE

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Andres Rodriguez

Andres is a Marketing and Communications Specialist with a range of experiences that go from working at start-up companies as well as with well established corporations in countries such as Spain and Australia. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, an Associate Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.