3 Tips To Help You Influence Change, Influence People And Be The Change!
As changemakers and social entrepreneurs on missions to create positive change in the world, we need to know how to influence change so people support our missions for change. Without being influential when we speak, or knowing how to influence people to change their mind on a particular issue, our missions may run the risk of never coming to fruition.
Changemakers and social entrepreneurs often get frustrated if they lack influence, because then we
have to revert to to convincing someone of our cause. That! can eventually lead to despondancy and burnout.
Dealing with a lack of openness and consciousness can make you boil over if you’re not careful. And let’s face it, as changemakers we’re not the norm, yet we need to influence people who think mainstream, sometimes on a daily basis.
That’s our job. That is how change eventually occurs.
So how do you influence change in people’s views without feeling like you’re beating your head up against a brick wall?
The key is to remain calm and practice the following 3 “Strategy With Spirit” approaches:
- Be Mindful of the fact that you don’t have to convince the whole world to advance your mission. World Change only ever occurred because of a few brave Souls like yourself.
- Grant Beingness to those who frustrate you. This will keep your blood pressure low, earn you respect of your opponent and pave the way for real dialogue now or something in the future. Respect for all beings, not matter how abhorrent they are to you, will bring you into oneness with them, and that is where the real shift can occur.Granting beingness doesn’t mean you agree or accept their behaviour, it means you have awareness that as a being they have a Soul who is only a journey and just like you is in a learning process.
- Question Their View Point by asking them, “When did you start believing that?” This is a question that makes them automatically reflect on the fact that what they are saying is merely a belief system. They may not respond to you right away. They may respond in a defensive manner. It doesn’t matter – THE FIX IS IN.
Somewhere the question has been heard, and somewhere in time the belief system will unravel. Don’t worry about when that is. Remember point 1 – “You don’t have to convince the whole world to advance your mission. World Change only ever occurred because of a few brave Souls like yourself.”
Practice these three principles over the coming days, weeks and months and get back to me about how effective they have made you as a changemaker or social entrepreneur. Becoming a highly effective changemaker is a process that takes time just like becoming effective at anything else.
Let me know how much more influential you have become and share your success stories or not so successful trials. Becoming more influential takes time, it’s not always and overnight habit to form. But it is worth it to persevere, and the world could certainly use more influential changemakers.
This is a “Strategy With Spirit” approach to creating change in the world. You can learn more about how you can use this approach to accelerate your missions for change at http://www.StrategyWithSpirit.com. Join our Evolutionary Community of Changemakers, Social Entrepreneurs, Organizations, Campaigners and Difference Makers using holistic strategies to achieve their missions for change. Membership is free.