The opposite of being influential is being neutral.

Neutral is defined as “not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy; of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; and not causing or reflecting a change in something.” That last part is the one that strikes me as particularly important as we start a new year.

Not causing or reflecting a change in something sounds like a pretty apathetic existence to me. So how can you be an influencer in 2011?
Be a student.
Be a teacher.
Be a mentor.
Be good at what you do.
Be a remarkable spouse, parent, caregiver, and friend.
Listen like you mean it.
Do your work ethically.
Do something outside your comfort box.
Pay attention to the details.
Get off the cruise ship and get on the battle ship for your family, work, and life.
Laugh with (not at) other people.
Share your knowledge.
Help others grow personally and professionally.
Study something new.
Explore your surroundings.
Share your findings.
Take calculated risks.
Take a stand.
Stand for good.
Go get (finish) that degree, advanced degree, and/or accreditation.
Change your mind.
Help make good changes.
Give good news.
Give of your time, talent, and treasure for meaningful causes.
Let people know you care.
There are plenty of ways for you to be influential. Do some of these and people will take notice. That’s how I think you can be influential: Recognize that people matter.

Neutral is idling with the vehicle running and wasting energy. Put 2011 in Drive then Go.


2 Responses to “The opposite of being influential is being neutral.”

  1. I love this…very thought provoking. Im ready to get off my ass and do something. Who wants to be neutral so they can just blend into the background. I like your outlook on things its refreshing and honest. Looking forward to being inspired.

  2. Yeah… go Lia my you start a fire of inspiration today! Happy new year and thank you for the complement! i like to make people think i don’t think quite frankly that to many of us do it often enough! May you have a wonderful day full of many blessings and much love

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