What is the difference between being an Impact and being an Influence
Is there a difference between being an Impact and being an Influence? If so, what is the difference?
In today’s society whether you are at work, at school, in church or even in your community, to be effective you must be able to Command the room or the people that you are around in order to leave/ make a meaningful, lasting impact on the lives of those you are around.
Did you know that there are many people whether known or unknown who do not know that there is a difference between being an influence to others versus having an impact on others? Interestingly enough both of these words are not that far off from each other, they are actually quite similar in their nature because they both deal with having some kind of effect whether it be positive or negative. Interesting right?
so then this poses two questions:
1. what does it mean to be an influence
2. what does it mean to be an Impact?
For a moment let’s take a look at both.
What does it mean to be an influence or influential?
Influence is the ability to persuade others without the need to exude force or being overhearing.
The next question would be
What does it mean to be an Impact?
Impact is to leave a deep rooted meaningful impression or footprint on others as to affect their mindset.
So then influence and impact although similar they wear different hats and may produce different outcomes.
Lets use an example as simple as childhood, whether you are mom, dad, family, a teacher, a coach, a pastor or a mentor.. being the right kind of Influence in a child’s life can lead to making a positive Impact in their life, that child will either go on to be successful and doing big things or they fall to the wayside in life simply because of your impact on them.
This brings to light two new questions:
1. How can I be an impact?
2. How can I be an influence to others
Let’s think this through for a moment.
Do you know that the truth of the matter is that there may well already be others who look up to you and you don’t even know it?
For some, being an influence may come off as easy but for others not so much. It’s not always easy to get people to listen to what you have to say or take you seriously, sometimes you have to create and establish the foundation of a relationship, if I don’t know or like you then why should I or would I listen to you?
Taking a sincere approach to truly get to know someone is a big deal, it can create an atmosphere for progress, it can open the right doors, and allow you to sit among those who you may have never imagined… Iyanla Vinzant said (you gotta do your work)… by doing your work (making the right connections, knowing how to talk to people, establishing positive connections and a positive atmosphere, it will all lead to a great outcome.
After you’ve done the work you can be an impact on others because you now have their trust, you can now fully command the room.. now you can bring change because you have both Impact and influence on your side which will cause people to see you in a different, positive light.