As I’ve covered over the last month, building effective relationships is key to our happiness, productivity, and success. But, we often have different tendencies or habits with different people in our lives. So what’s it like to be on the other side of you? Are you life-sucking or life-giving?  Are YOU a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer reveals the temperature in a room, while a thermostat sets the temperature in a room.  One is influenced by its’ surroundings and the other influences its’ surroundings.  If you want to influence others in a positive way, you need to be intentional in all circles of influence, trusting God’s light to shine from you to others. 

Proverbs 11:11 (The Living Bible)

11 The good influence of godly citizens causes a city to prosper, but the moral decay of the wicked drives it downhill.

So, What… for This Week?

What would it mean for YOU to be more intentional about positively influencing each area of your life (self, family, team, organization and community)? Think about the thermostat and the thermometer.  Which one do YOU function like?  Are you life-giving or life-sucking in your relationships?

Take a GiANT Next Step

This week’s GiANT tool is the 5 Circles of Influence tool that helps us identify, prioritize, and understand these key work and personal relationships with the goal of becoming healthier and more productive in each one. But this doesn’t happen by accident, it requires intentional reflection and behavior. If we’re accidental, we create unnecessary roadblocks in our relationships that hinder our growth, happiness, and productivity. I’d love to share more about this tool that helps you identify, prioritize, and better understand key relationships in our life.

  • Understand the differences in how we lead and how others experience us in different areas of our life and seek feedback and input from key relationships on what it’s like to be on the other side of you.