We live in a world where if we are not careful, we will start living like one another , speaking like others , and basing our lives off the opinions of people.
There is positive influence , negative influence and then there copy cat influence. What is copy cat influence? The type of influence that makes you do what someone else is doing just because someone else say to do it that way. We have to be careful not to latch onto someones dream ,idea , way of thinking ,or identity and completely lose ourselves in the mix.
I had to go completely left to get right.
Back in 2012 I joined the MLM world when everyone was like " Girl don't do that its a pyramid scheme". Them telling me from a perspective that wasn't factual. Simply because they themselves don't know what a pyramid scheme is.
Not only did I take a different route to freedom financially, but spiritually too. I didn't get caught up in different religions. I began believing in Jesus Christ because I sought him out for myself.
The point i'm making is do what works for YOU!
Too many people get caught up with trends not knowing if the trend is in fact for them. One major key to keeping yourself in your own lane is quieting the crowd ,and listening to God speak to you.
The quieter I became the more I could hear. Now I read books , I listen to pericopes , youtube video, etc. However I take whats for me ,and leave whats not! Just become you become emotionally charged when someone is talking doesn't mean its for you. It means they have connected with something that is pulling on your heart strings. Give yourself a moment to let you emotions quiet down your discernment to kick in.
So how do you process through the influence of people.
1. Makes sure you check in with God 1st. "Hey God is this for me?" and wait for confirmation.
2. Ask yourself why this opportunity , way of doing something , product, course , etc is going to add to your life.
3. Consult a mentor , Pastor or trusted WISE friend.
The point of this blog is to help you make decisions that fit your life. Sometimes you will literally just get inspired from someone to be the best you ,and not to duplicate their life. Its a blessing to be you. Theres something inside of you screaming to get out! Please dont get loss trying to be someone God never intended you to be simply because you took a dose of "influence".
Ask God let him confirm who or what is going to influence your character , behavior and development.