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Enlarge Your Influence

“Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles Schulz

Take a dare today; use just one of your unused gears. Mentally, get on your 10-speed life bike and ride it to uncharted experiences today. Open up, abandon your boxed-in sense of duty, and feel the exhilaration of  new discoveries.  Enlarge your influence.  You may want to explore poetry, painting, drama, feng shui, woodworking, yoga,reading, photography…do anything you have never done before and let the excitement of this new learning seep deeply into your identity.

Become a lifelong learner. That is one way to enlarge your influence. When you grow your level of knowledge and world of exposure, you exponentially grow your circle of influence. Over time others will notice that your conversation has changed. You will begin to feel more confident. And, another by-product of this expanded awareness is that you will more often than not experience a tingling to learn even more. Learning never stops for those you are alive.

You are changed by this new gear experience in your life. This new speed choice that you have made is exhilarating, liberating, and exactly what you need to do for yourself right now. You have made a significant breakthrough, regardless of what life gear you chose to experience or the level of challenge it might have posed for you—the  principal here is that you did something new that pushed old boundaries. You enlarged your influence.

You stepped outside of your box, now refuse to go back to its confines.

Immediately enlarge your influence when you try to re-fit yourself back into your space of comfort and begin to box yourself back in. When the intensity of your exhilaration begins to fade, when you begin to fear what lies ahead with your new liberation, or when your friends and family re-buff your discovered greatness, enlarge your circle.   Counter-influence any negativity, doubt, suspicion or fear that comes to the surface.

SAY: I am enlarging my circle: (let this be one of your 2013 mantras)

  • When a snide remark is made about your new hair color or haircut
  • When your inner voice deceives you into thinking “that was silly.”
  • When someone fails to compliment what you have done
  • When others stare because you play hop-scotch on the sidewalk all by yourself
  • When you whistle a new tune you composed on the spot and others don’t whistle back
  • When you write your best prose that others haven’t seen yet
  • When water washes away your sandcastle
  • When you feel the sting of disappointment
  • When you think about the past too much

Enlarge your greatness!

Let the past go, re-train your brain with new experiences. You are ready for something new-you are equipped for something new. Today, you are in the right space and you have the right amount of time to create and experience something new. Today only you can invite a special moment into your life and one way to do that is to push past anything that  limits you.  Eliminate your limits!  Shine bright-let your inner light shine.

“There comes a special moment in everyone’s life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” ~Winston Churchill

Your finest hour is here. Right now! Seize it, embrace this special opportunity that is only, uniquely yours. Don’t wait, thinking you will have a better life gear to exercise at a better time; you don’t at the present moment. Right now is the time to act with the willing abandon so vital to your special moment.

Most people, who will admit it, prefer the safety of small boxes.

But, you must constantly slam any limitation. Consciously begin to expand your worldview, expand your frames of reference. Allow fresh new possibilities to emerge, provide a healthy challenge to your life. Relax and give up the comfort and safety of what you already know just for today and then another day and then another.  Expand and grow.  Begin to envision all the possibilities that are available to you, right now.

Hold tight to your core values while at the same time open up to new ideas, feelings, and experiences.  Discover a lifetime of magic.

Seize your special moment, enlarge your influence, and speed on to new life gears that excite and liberate the special, real you.

Anita Jefferson is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.