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Just Asking… (Do you realize you will become like the people you choose to follow?)

As a youngster, I played a game called “Simon Says.” In that game, the participants had to do whatever the leader did. If the leader jumped on one leg, the participants had to do the same. If the leader flapped his arms, the participants copied his actions. If the leader squatted, the participants squatted. To make the game more complicated, the leader sped up his commands, and at times, gave commands without saying “Simon Says.” If a participant performed a command and the leader neglected to say “Simon Says,” that participant was thrown out of the game. The winner of the game was the one who performed the most correct commands following the phrase “Simon Says;” thereby, mimicking the actions of the leader.

 

This seems cute as a youngster. However, do know you will begin to mimic the behaviors of those you choose to follow? Not only that, you will begin to sound like them. In other words, you will begin to speak words similar to their words; and in most cases, you will begin to think as they think. The more you listen to them and immerse yourself in their doctrines, the more you will start to believe what you’ve been exposed to. And once your beliefs change, your actions usually follow.

 

Ask yourself a few questions. Who are your mentors? Whose words have you ingested in abundance? To whom do you lend your ears? Who speaks into your life? They may not do it personally, but you may absorb their words through television, radio, books, CDs, the internet, etc. You may listen to them daily, or you may listen to them several times per week. You may listen to them as you’re doing housework, or you may attend a conference to hear what they have to say. Regardless, you’ve made their words and actions a part of your repertoire, and you’ve made a decision, on some level, to follow them.

 

Before deciding to follow someone, take the time to examine where he’s going. If you don’t like what you see, you may not want to get in line with his beliefs or doctrine. Don’t be like those who lacked wisdom. They were the ones where the blind (those without wisdom) led the blind. As a result, they both fell into a ditch. That being said, make sure you choose your mentors carefully. You may want to make sure they have a sense of direction before you jump on board.

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Just Asking… (What legacy are you leaving behind?)

Your life speaks volumes, and whether you realize it or not, someone is observing you, maybe even emulating some of the things you do. Knowing this, how would you sum up your life? Are you proud of the way you’ve lived so far? Is your life saying exactly what you want it to say? Are you touching the lives of others in positive ways just by performing your daily routine?

 

Oftentimes, you can motivate people to change without even trying. They may watch how you handle difficult situations, and because of your endurance, they may be encouraged to move forward with the same persistence. They may watch you rise to a level of success, and because of your example, something within them rises up with the same fervor and propels them to higher heights. They may observe the way you handle your relationships and as a result, make commitments to react to others in the same manner. They may see your integrity and because they see it lived out in the flesh, they may attempt to move beyond their moral shortcomings. They may know about your mistakes, but they watch you accept responsibility for your actions and move beyond your mistakes to become a better person. This in turn lets them know they can overcome their mistakes too.

 

Each person has a sphere of influence. It may be at home, at school, in a neighborhood, on the job, in an organization, in a relationship, etc. In that sphere, he is leaving a legacy, something that he will pass on to another. Others will look at a person’s legacy and praise him for what he’s done, or they will use his legacy as something to avoid. Regardless, a legacy is being left, with or without that person’s consent.

 

Think about the script you are writing by living your life. This is one story where you are the author, and each day adds a new page. You get to decide the legacy you want to leave. Will it be one of motivation or devastation? The choice is yours.

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