In 1995, both Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ), and Loren Cunningham (Youth With a Mission) had a revelation of how to change the culture. When they compared notes, it was almost the same – and it began to be called, “the Seven Mountains of Culture”. They said that if you can affect the top levels of these seven areas, you could turn or adjust the culture: Family, Arts & Entertainment, Media, Business, Education, Government, and Church. Sociologist tells us that you only need 3-5% of people at the top levels of these seven areas, to change the direction on that area.
By definition the word “influence” means: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. Think about this: everyone has influence. We may not think we do, but we do have influence over someone and something. John Maxwell defines leadership as “influence” – nothing more or less. YOU are a leader of someone and something....
People cheer and stand and even cry, as they watch the runner coming around the last lap, and races toward the tape. It's as old as time! We all love winners!
No one cares or even remembers some times the other folks in the race ... but we do remember the winner.
Life is a lot like a race. We are ALL in this race, and we are working towards a finish line. The biggest problem we face is that we don't know how long the race is on .... and we don't always see the finish line. For some it comes earlier in life ... for others later in life.
The point is not where or when the finish line comes.... the point is CROSS THE LINE --- FINISH!
Michael Phelps knows what it is like to cross the finish line in his races ..... Notice, he states it is HOW you finish!
That speaks to the quality of your life -- it speaks to the people in your life -- it speaks to the way you run your race (live your life) -- it speaks to the lasting legacy...
INFLUENCE is the application of POWER/VOLTAGE to accomplish a specific PURPOSE. Research shows that people typically try to lead and/or influence others using ten positive influence techniques: logical persuading, legitimizing, exchanging, stating, socializing, appealing to relationship, consulting, alliance building, appealing to values, and modeling. There are also four negative or "dark side" influence tactics: avoiding, manipulating, intimidating, and threatening, which we will cover in another post.
Influence can be as complex as forming an alliance of nations to try to influence a rogue country's leadership to change its policies or as simple as a child smiling and extending his hand in an offer of friendship.
"Every time we try to affect how other people think, behave, or decide, we are trying to influence them".
A smile and a handshake are attempts to socialize (see below), to form a connection and break down barriers. As people get to...