The difference between INFLUENCE and IMPACT

Mahesh Sharma

What is the difference between a person whom you remember for a long time and remember for having a high impact on you and the person whom you remember for being influential and charismatic?

Just try to remember which person in your life has the highest influence and which person in your life has the highest impact. Though these two words are seemingly exact the difference between INFLUENCE and IMPACT is really important to understand.

We are influenced by something who is attractive, charismatic and motivates us on a higher scale like a beautiful celebrity, an awesome speaker, a confident conversationalist or an authoritative leader. But we are inspired by the impact of the person when their character, consistency and willpower makes us believe in ourselves.

That’s why it is said that when you meet someone you can have two good responses after meeting – 1) Wow, What a confident person he or she is? and 2) Wow. Now I feel more confident.

Can you recognize the difference? In the first response that person has left you impressed and mesmerized and for you that person is having a magnetic personality. But in the second response that person has left you with higher self-esteem, you start to love yourself (not him or her) better, you begin to be impressed by yourself (not by them) and you gain confidence.

And this is the difference between INFLUENCE and IMPACT.

Think about it that most of us are busy creating influence so much that we forget to make an impact. Because when we are interested in ourselves, our own persona, our own success, our own goals, our own personality – we will definitely be able to influence others but when we are genuinely interested in others, their persona, their success, their goals, their personality – we will definitely be able to create impact in their lives.

Let us think about it and try to create more impact –
by genuine listening
by deep understanding
by appreciating others
by praising others
and by helping them love themselves.

Try it and feel the difference in your own persona. Try it and share your experience.

This is a paradigm shift, which can only be experienced and felt.

Have a great time ahead.

See you all soon.

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