Some people resist progress. Although every trend is not to be followed, there are certain shifts that take place that are too major to miss. Technology is moving about as fast as the speed of light. If we refuse to move with the tide, we will be left stranded on the shoreline.
Whatever industry or business you find yourself in, you must update your skills, knowledge and application in order to stay relevant. If you hit a wall or ceiling that prevents you from moving forward, it is up to you to exit the building and find something else to do. Moving when it is too late is about as good as not moving at all.
Celebrities, preachers, politicians, leaders, and businesses will face the reality of being replaced or outdated if there is no evolution in the way that they think and manage themselves. Many inherit sudden success, only to realize down the road that they have been designated a one-hit wonder or one-trick pony. Want to avoid being featured on "Where Are They Now?" Understand the times and maximize your moment. When that window closes, seize your new opportunity by preparing now for what is coming next. How you refresh your world view will also impact how you are viewed. See yourself clearly before time runs out!
Influence is a two-way street. We have the ability to influence others just as we can be influenced. Celebrities, preachers, authors, parents, teachers, politicians and popular people tend to have greater levels of influence because of the amount of lives that they are able to reach.
Trying to expand your influence by forcing yourself on others will backfire. If you want to make a large impact, make a difference in someone's life. Reaching people can happen in person, via social media, through writing, by speaking, through the media or in passing. Some will be influenced just by watching us without our direct efforts.
Leaders must provide information that benefits a larger population of people in order to build greater influence. I recently told my students, "Instead of trying to stand out, be outstanding!" Excellence will gain attention. Those of us who desire to make a greater impact will usually reap added benefits if we are a blessing instead of expecting one. Continue to enhance your gift and it will make room for you. How large that room is depends on how you submit to the development of what you have to contribute.
I was having a casual conversation with a friend recently who suggested that I teach a course on "How to Get a Lot of Stuff Done." I laughed. She was serious.
I really began to think about how I have been an avid overachiever for years. I was always active in the performing arts and in the community. In High School, I was the choir director, student drama leader, cheerleading captain, piano student, honor roll student, and very active in my local church. It was not something I thought about, I was driven.
While in college, not only did I work and remain active in my community, I graduated from USC with a double major! Did I experience burnout? Yes! Immediately after graduation, I decided to take it easy. THAT did not last long.
Now, I am a Wife, Mother, Pastor, Author, Artistic Director, Professional Trainer and International Speaker. As a result, I have had to implement a team support model to get things done. Taking responsibility for large numbers of people requires a new level of organization. Always thinking forward, I have to have a team of competent, self-motivated staff members who understand my calling and are open to being developed into their own.
How do I do all of this? Only by the grace of God. If I actually stopped and thought about all that I am responsible for, I would probably fire myself from a few of these positions. In those times that I feel overwhelmed or ready to throw in the towel, I am reminded that "To whom much is given, much is required."