Who are the influencers in your life?
The importance of influencers cannot be overstated. We all have people who have greatly influenced us and impacted our lives. You may know them personally, or they may be a historical figure, leader, author or minister who has helped shape your life with their message.
But just as people have influenced us, we each have the opportunity to be influencers for others---to help shape their destiny.
Both roles are equally important. Let me share with you how to make the most of them.
Those Who Influence You:
Make a list of the people in your life who are influencers. I would divide the list into three categories. A, B & C.
Group A - Celebrity Status
These are the ones that you will probably never meet personally. At least not without some divine intervention. That may be a well-known author, Fortune 500 president or some other individual of celebrity status.
Group B - Remote Connection
These are those influencers that through some relationship you have, you might be able to hit their radar. Perhaps you are good friends with the cousin of one of the Duck Dynasty guys, or your wife's sister married a famous author. You may not have relationship with these individuals of influence, but someone close to you does. These are possible endorsers for you.
Group C - Your Peers and Friends
These are those people who love you and are in relationship with you. These are the ones that if you ask them to help you, to review or endorse your book they would in a heart beat. No questions asked.
Make this list (and keep it) as they come to mind. Once your book is written, your project done, it's time to see if you can begin to get their endorsement to help bring credibility. This is especially important if you are a first-time author with little to no platform.
Those YOU Influence:
One of my favorite authors, Mark Batterson, probably says it best, "All of us have a unique voiceprint, not just physically, but spiritually as well. God wants to speak through you differently than through anyone else."
Isn't that why we write? Do you have a message to share? Is there something burning within you that has to come out? Do you have a voice? The answer is yes. We all have a voice, but are you ready to share what is inside? Again, I'm going to use Batterson's words, because he has already said it well.
"You are called to be a prophetic voice to the people God places in your life. But the key to discovering your prophetic voice is cultivating a prophetic ear. If you want to find your voice, you need to hear the voice of God."
(Draw the Circle - The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson)
You can't hear God's voice unless you spend time with Him. The message you have to share will only fully develop when you invest the time with Him to let Him stir it and download it into you. If you think you can do it on your own, good luck. You will miss the power of the message available.
The difference in a good book and a great book is content. To have really great content, to really influence others, comes from the influencers who we allow in our lives. And those to whom we are willing to listen to their Voice.