Your Impact: Are You Lifting Us Up or Dragging Us Down?

I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but fact is you either lift people up or drag them down as you go about your day.

Yes, of course I’m talking about your impact on your close friends and family and classmates blah blah blah… but also beyond them, to everyone you come in contact with as you go about your day.

Strangers in the street. People on the subway.

You are constantly being watched and you constantly have an influence - whether you like it or not. I know you’d prefer to hide where nobody’s looking, but unfortunately that’s impossible:

— Your body tells us all about what foods you eat, how fit you are, and how much discipline you have.
— Your eyes reveal whether or not you’re living your truth, or playing it safe as your soul quietly eats away.
— Your behavior checking your phone every 5 seconds demonstrates your compulsions, and lack of ability to just SIT there.

So that guilty doughnut or cigarette or unusually vigorous porn session that you quietly consumed earlier today really isn’t all that innocent. It feeds into the collective. You either helped lift the world up, or drag it down. You do it through your body language. Your clicks. Your glance.

Now I don’t mean to sound like a Nazi here, ‘cause lord knows none of us are perfect - but I just want to point out the very real effect you are have on all of us and the responsibility of that.

But this doesn’t have to be a drag - it can be a very powerful source of motivation.

… Because on the flipside when you WIN and walk through your day with fire in your eyes the whole world is there alive with you. You take care of yourself and are brimming with confidence? It makes everyone in the room want to take care of themselves too. When you rise, we all get lifted up:

— Killed that morning workout? The world feels it.
— Got up early and had a healthy breakfast? We notice.
— Overcame laziness this month and made a great impact? It shows.

You know this is true because you’ve felt it also. You’ve had your day uplifted by a stranger who was living as a shining example of what you wanted, or who you wanted to be. That hot fitness chick on Instagramgets all the likes, yes, because she’s hot - but ALSO because she gets that sexy ass of hers off to the gym every damn morning. And that makes millions of minions want to do it too.

Just knowing your impact on the world (let alone your kids/spouse/etc.) can give you the motivation to perform at your best.

Everyone wants to change the world. They tweet out “Where have all the heroes gone?” “Where have all the good men gone?" … then go on to be a complete cunt to the checkout girl at the grocery store half an hour later.

Start with the room you’re in.

Greg NewtonComment