Growing up I would’ve considered myself an easily influenced person. I have always been naive and believed what people have said to me.
As I was growing up, I was made to believe this was a bad trait. You may have heard the phrase “don’t be easily influenced”. I believe this to be nonsense information for 2 reasons:
1: every single person is influenced – that’s how you form your values and belief systems
2: being influenced is a good thing!
Now, there are such things as bad influences such as bullies, drugs, crime etc… But that doesn’t mean being influenced is a bad thing.
I am grateful I have been easily influenced – I have been influenced in the wrong way before, but that’s part of learning. If you allow yourself to be influenced, success will be a sure thing eventually. All you have to do is find the right people to influence you.
The tough part of being influenced is, what ever position you are in, in life and the belief systems you have, are formed by the influences you have surrounded yourself with. This means that it can be hard to break away from your “traditions” and what you have been influenced to do.
You might believe working 9-5 is the way to achieve success.
You might believe working a weekend is too much.
Your traditions might be go to school, get good grades and get a good job.
I believe whatever you want to achieve can be achieved – the reason I believe this is because if you wrote down a list of things you dream of, I can guarantee you they have already been achieved by someone.
All you need to do is be easily influenced by someone who has the lifestyle you want. This was tough for me as well – because the people who influenced me to a certain stage were and still are people who I value a lot. It is tough when the people you trust don’t understand what you are trying to achieve.
But – if you want to change your lifestyle then follow these 4 steps:
1 – decide the lifestyle you want
2 – find someone who has achieved that
3 – copy the actions they do and listen to their advice
4 – don’t get distracted by people who haven’t achieved what you want
These are 4 pretty simple steps
It just takes discipline. You have the ability to achieve what you want today – go out and get influenced!