The Power of Influence
We live in a world where it seems as if social media has taken over our everyday life. We use it for coffee recommendations, décor ideas, and our favorite OOTD’s (outfits of the day.) It’s gotten to the point where we follow people who we don’t know personally all because we like the life their profile paints. But oftentimes, it’s not even close to reality. We’ve become guilty of it too. We use filters to make our pictures look professional and face tune to edit our bodies, all for the satisfaction of seeing how many double taps we can rack up. It’s gotten so bad that, at times, we second guess the picture we’re about to post because we worry that it’s not aesthetically pleasing, it won’t get many likes, or we obsess over the thought of what people will think of us if we post a certain picture.
The people that we follow on social media are referred to as influencers and they usually have thousands of followers or subscribers. However, did you know that you can be an influencer within your own community no matter how small or large it is? Webster’s Dictionary defines an Influencer as “a person who inspires or guides actions of others.” Nowhere in this definition does it state that in order to be an influencer you need a minimum of a thousand followers. You can be an influencer at work, at church, at school and even in your very own community. The main question is what are you using your Influence for?
If you had the power to influence anyone and inspire their actions what would that look like?
Would you inspire them to want more out of life?
Would you inspire them to travel more?
Would you inspire someone to work out or eat healthier?
Would you inspire them to have faith?
Would you inspire them to be a better spouse?
Would you inspire them to be a better parent?
Would you inspire them to be a better person?
What if I told you that you’re already an influencer, but didn’t know it?
How? Everyone who has a social media account can be an influencer, no matter what platform they use, be it Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter. Everything that you post can make a difference in some else’s life. You can stand up for those being bullied, you can encourage or hear out those who may be exhibiting suicidal behaviors, or simply be a positive guiding force for those who are feeling lost. We have such a beautiful platform in our hands and instead of using it to change the world for the good, many of us are using it in a lazy way to exalt a superficial version of ourselves.
I make it a point before I post somehing to think about who I can help by posting it, and that is genuinely who I am, I love to help. You must find your niche, what are you good at? Who can you teach? Who can you help? This generation needs all the help it can get, so even if it’s doing laundry, go ahead and post it! People are glued to social media, so if that’s where they’re getting their inspiration to be their best selves, then let’s show them what that can realistically look like.
Remember the saying, “It takes a village”? Well, social media is now our village, and in order for us to change the world, we need to log in and get connected!