One of the best ways to get noticed and be heard is to become an influencer. When you’re an influencer, you are looked up to, respected, and followed for advice and support. While there are many methods out there that you could use, here are some that many influencers are using on a regular basis.
Here are the 8 ways to becoming a powerful influencer:
1. Affect The Masses
If you want to become an influencer, you’ll need to be able to influence people at a large scale. Becoming an influencer in your industry can be simple if you do it right. Some of the ways you can do this is by becoming a speaker, learning skill sets that will drive more people to you, and going to local meetup groups and sharing your knowledge.
2. Think Bigger
Thinking bigger helps you reach your goals quicker. That doesn’t mean that you set unrealistic goals like going to Mars tomorrow. You should set realistic goals that are attainable and help push you in the right direction. Keeping a to-do list or a daily checklist will help you set bigger goals for the long term, and what you can do daily to accomplish them.
3. Create Opportunities
One of the most important things you can do as an influencer is to create opportunities for others. People are looking to learn and grow, and when you produce an opportunity that will help them achieve massive success in a short amount of time, they will stay with you till the end. Learn what others are looking for and what you can add to their lives to become successful.
“One of the most powerful networking practices is to provide immediate value to a new connection. This means the moment you identify a way to help someone, take action.” – Lewis Howes
4. Follow The Trends
Success leaves a trail. If you want to be a successful influencer, look at what is already working in the moment. Find out how people are becoming influencers in their niche and follow suit, but make sure not to copy them. Find out what successful influencers are doing right now, find out what you can do to add more value and solutions, and model their success.
5. Apply What You’re Learning
When you learn something you should be applying it immediately. Don’t read a book just to read a book. Instead, read or watch something that applies to you right now that will help you reach the next level. Doing this will keep you taking action and getting closer to your goals every single day.
6. Follow Systems
Humans fail. Systems don’t. The reason why influencers are successful is that they understand that people make mistakes. If you can help systematize the process and create methods by which things should be done, your success rate at becoming an influencer will increase.
7. Help Others More Than Yourself
It’s like Zig Ziglar’s saying, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” When you can help others with their problems, dreams, and obstacles, you will receive the same therapy. Learn the proper skill sets that others are struggling with so that you can have an impact on their lives.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
One thing that a lot of people forget is that consistency builds trust. Trust at the end of the day is the most important factor in everything you do. The more consistent you can be, the more trust people have in you which leads to becoming a powerful influencer.
There are many benefits in becoming an influencer. Are you ready to start? Are you ready to become the person you’d like to be? You’ll be surprised at how many of these tips are being used by influencers every single day.
Which one of these tips will you begin to implement today! Let us know in the comments below.
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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