Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
We tend to forget that we, along with everyone else, are learning by example. Sometimes its subtle while other times much it’s much more overt. Knowing that doesn’t necessarily mean we are aware of the example we are giving others, especially with children.
All of us have a powerful gift of influence solely based on the example we provide. The choices we make, the reactions we have, the words we choose, the actions we take, the friends we hang out with and etc. are all important examples for someone, somewhere. We may not know it, but someone is learning from our example.
The first thing to do is to become more conscious of the example we are giving. At that point we can choose to change if need be.
Real change in the world starts with us. If we all tried a little bit harder it would have an immense impact on a global scale. All we have to do is focus on improving the example we are to others. It’s really that simple.