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Healthy Habits: Influence


Because we are always influenced by something, ask yourself these 3 questions: 1. What/who is influencing me on a daily basis? 2. How am I influencing others? 3. How am I influencing myself?

If you’ve been reading this column for awhile, you know I don’t always talk about healthy diet or exercise because a healthy lifestyle requires: a healthy mind, body and spirit – all three. What/who is influencing you in your life affects all three.

In The American Heritage Dictionary, the first definition listed for ‘influence’ is: A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort. (*In other words, an influencer is influencing by means of the example set.)



So, according to the above definition, influence affects a person powerfully, yet without any direct or apparent effort. The first thing that pops into my mind when I read this definition is television. Most every one of us has been and is influenced by what we watch on TV. What are you watching/listening to, and how is it influencing you? How powerful of an influence is it having on your daily life, i.e. on your mindset?


Many successful people say they had a mentor early on in life, or several mentors, who influenced them in a positive way. Those can be parents, teachers, pastors, aunts, uncles, cousins, older siblings, etc. Ask yourself this: Who were my mentors and how did they influence me? Also, ask yourself this: Am I a mentor and how am I influencing those people around me?

Because influence powerfully affects a person, it is worth taking time to contemplate this and ask yourself the above questions. Because I’m a Christian, I have come to the conclusion that the most powerful influencer/mentor in my own personal life should always be and remain Almighty God and Christ Jesus. And, because the Bible calls me to do so, I strive to influence others as such – to love, forgive and be an example that mirrors the life of Christ Jesus.

No matter what our personal belief systems are, we should always strive to influence ourselves and others with positivity. In other words, we should make it our main goal in life to love and uplift ourselves and each other. Why? Because if you take a look at social media, television, and society in general – there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of influence toward loving each other and ourselves.

The opposite seems to be occurring. There is division, arguing, condemnation and competitiveness. It seems as though the whole world is bent on being RIGHT instead of kind, loving and positive! And, what is kindness? Well, blaming, gossiping, arguing and criticizing certainly aren’t an example of kindness.

A house divided cannot stand, and so we must love one another and care about what kind of influence we are having on each other and on ourselves. And, actually, the upliftment starts with yourself. How can you positively influence others if you aren’t even kind to yourself in your own thoughts and words. It starts there.

Get into the healthy habit of training yourself into a positive mindset and then you will start influencing others in that direction. Others will follow your example and start being positive influencers like you. You will set an example that will powerfully affect generations to come!

Be Well and God Bless You.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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