A month ago I was standing on the platform of Kingham station waiting for a train to whisk me away to London Paddington and something occurred to me. I am a platform… Of sorts. (Bear with me on this!)
So, I follow a lot of ‘influencers’ online. They have massive followings, some know how to get you firing on all cylinders, like you could take over the world and some calm you down and remind you to reunite with your higher purpose. It’s easy to look at these big names and their social media tribes of thousands and thousands of followers and be totally in awe of who they are. You’ve probably even found yourself thinking, ‘I could never be as big as them, so why even bother competing,’ but truth be known, they probably had very similar thoughts too once upon a time.
Having read a lot of the classic personal development books, how to win friends and influence people, the road less travelled, the power of now, the seven habits etc etc and being an avid follower of the more modern gurus such as Brendon Burchard, Marie Forleo, Tony Robins, Oprah, Mel Robins, Gabby Bernstein, it’s clear that actually, there’s not THAT much new material out there. What there IS, is a personal spin. There are the same teachings but with a different angle, an up to date metaphor or two to help us ‘get it’ in our contemporary conditions. There are very few people that can claim to be 100% the creator of anything as we are all learning from our surroundings on a daily basis.
So, why am I saying all of this? Because I want you to know that YOU are an important part of someone’s journey, that YOU are a train station of sorts. You have the power to influence other people, even in the smallest of ways so that they get on your train and end up at an even bigger station in life. So value your knowledge, share it widely and don’t be afraid to help other people as best you can.
Kingham is a lovely little Cotswold village on the Oxfordshire Gloucestershire border with a quaint but busy train station. The platform I was standing on was only small but it was enough. It was part of my journey. It had the ability to get me onto the train I needed to be on, which in turn would then deliver me to the destination I needed. You are a platform. As Denise DT says, ‘You don’t have to be the creator, being a contributor is just as important.’
Your contributions matter.
Polly Charnley is a coach, mentor and NLP practitioner. She is also the founder of the @begladmovement.