How to Wield More Influence

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Know What You Want
Have a clear idea in your mind about what to achieve, whether it be changing another person’s undesirable behaviours or persuading him to accept your point of view. Fix this idea of what you want to achieve firmly in your mind. Know exactly what you want, and clarify any vague objectives you may have. Clarity of personal purpose is the first step to putting your influencing abilities to work.
Understand Expectations
Have a clear understanding of what others expect of you and what you actually expect of yourself. People often set unrealistic expectations for themselves by gathering up all of the good qualities they see in others, and trying to have them all within themselves. No one expects you to be perfect.
Be Persistent
Resolve to do everything better and be persistent until you attain the results you’ve been trying to achieve. Anything worth doing once is worth doing again and again. Don’t let rejection or any other negative experience stop you. Learn from mistakes, better yourself, and keep on going.
You Must Give in Order to Receive
The old clich√©, “there’ no such thing as a free lunch,” is fact of life. If you want to receive something, learn to pay for it. Some things may have higher prices than others, and some things may have a higher value to you than others. Examine your options carefully and match what you can give with what you want to receive.
Pay Attention to People
People will help you get where you want to go. It will never be easy for you to make it alone. People can teach you and help you become more influential with others. Listen to other people and learn from them.
Expect a Lot
When you expect a lot, you can get a lot. Your expectations of others and yourself will become reality. Whatever you expect to happen will happen. If you push yourself hard, you will start to see results.
Build a Positive Atmosphere
When you create a “win, win, win” situation, you will start to win. When you start to think positively, your life will start to be positive.
Promise a Lot, Deliver More
Promise people a lot, and then give them more. This is the way the highest achievers have made it. Tell people what you will do for them, and then do more.
Give People What They Want
If you want things from others, you must first give. Don’t expect others to make the first move – you have to. If you want to get ahead in life and be successful, you must make the first move. Everybody has certain goals and objectives they wish to achieve. If you can help them reach their goals and objectives, they will want to return the favour. Give people what they want and you will always be ahead.

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