Here are a few things to consider if you want to make a lasting impression and be a positive influence on others:
1. Recognize the importance:
We don’t usually make a lasting impression when we’re trying to do so. Rather, it happens when we’re just living our lives and doing what may seem like ordinary, everyday things.
Sure, there are some who make an enduring impact through great achievement or by being a celebrity. But lasting impressions are not reserved for famous people alone.
They’re available to you and me and every day, every moment.
As I look back, I can’t remember a time when my dad sat down with me and said, “Here’s how you should treat people.” I simply observed how he lived his life.
My dad made a lasting impression on me in another way as well. You see, social or economic status meant very little to my father. He didn’t gravitate to those with fancy titles. He seemed just as interested in speaking to waiters and the people who swept the floors. He respected everyone and looked down on nobody.
And again, my dad’s conduct helped to influence the way that I deal with people to this day. So, people are watching your life as well, whether you realize it or not.
2. Live each moment consciously:
While we can’t plan those encounters or situations that will create lasting impressions, we can be more aware of our behavior and the potential influence it may have.
Too often, we live our lives automatic . That is, we do things out of habit without realizing the effect our actions might have on others.
In many of these instances, our behavior does not match what we declare to be our values. For instance, you may think that you are “open-minded” and then catch yourself being intolerant of someone with different viewpoints.
Starting today, right now, realize that every interaction you have is precious , keeping this in mind, you can consciously choose, for example, to be honest, kind and to give your best efforts at all times is required.
So, the next time you’re about to do something, ask yourself: What action would I take right now if I knew my behavior would have a lasting effect on someone?
This isn’t about being perfect. There will always be times when we behave in ways that we’re not proud of. Yet, as you realize the impact of your day-to-day conduct, you’ll find yourself making different choices.
3. Appreciate the cycle it creates :
It’s hard to fathom the consequences of the lasting impressions we make. The people who I have met may have been affected and have passed along those values to others they have met. It’s an endless cycle. Thus, there are no small acts in this world. One simple act can truly change the course of humanity.
In the end, you’re going to make many lasting impressions, whether you want to or not. It’s up to you whether the messages you send are positive or negative. As you go through your day today, give a little extra consideration to how you speak and how you act. You just may be making an impression that will endure for generations.