Convincing or Inspiring?

Hey Friends! Today I wanted to hop on here and share some thoughts I’ve been having for a few weeks now. I have to credit the idea behind this post to this  podcast. I listened to it a few weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Then yesterday, as I started on my homework in my communications degree our topic of the week, is persuasive communication. It was so interesting to me since my brain has already been on the topic.

I think it has been on my mind so much because I see this in myself more than I want to.

So what is convincing or persuasion?

“Persuasion” is a process (often a long one) of changing one’s mind. A hoped-for result is to convince. “Convinced” is for changing mental beliefs. Persuasion is a change of belief followed by action. I find that most of us in life try to convince people of our beliefs out of good intentions.

I have seen and heard so many people try to conceive people with such good intentions only to turn them away. What I have come to learn in my life it is in NOT my JOB to convince anyone of anything. I do have certain areas of belief and passion in my life that I hope to inspire people. This is hard to say because I would never would anyone to like ‘o she has it all together’ or ‘o she thinks she has it all together’. I truly do not. I do try to do the best I can but I am (and always will be) a work in progress. Here are some areas I found in my life that I need to be careful on inspiring versus convincing.

My Faith!

This one can be tough for many people. I mean look at the turmoil our world is in. So much of it is due to religious division. If you are one that believes in a faith with your whole heart I do not know how you cannot want to persuade others of your faith.

 

Health and Fitness

This is another huge one! It seems everyone has their own idea of the perfect diet and exercise routine. Low carbs, no sugar, carb cycling, intermediate fasting, eat clean, the list goes on and on. You should lift heavy weights, you should be a runner, HITT workouts are best, you should join a CrossFit gym and again I could go on and on. I tend to personal be a little more ‘do what is healthy and best for you’ in this category. So many people mean well but shove it down people throats it turns them off. We are all individuals and different things work for different people.

Instead of trying to ‘conceive’ someone of a certain healthy lifestyle, it is much better to just let them see it in your life. See how you can eat healthy but still have that cake at the birthday party. #liveyourlife See them see how much energy and how great you feel.

Do you feel this it something we see more due to social media? I mean if I see one more workout picture in the morning I might have to resort to a rant post! One here and there is fine but man! I also see this so much in the mommy world. Breastfed, clothe diaper, homemade food, blah blah blah……

Question: Do you see this in yourself? Do you see it on social media?

XOXO

Bethany

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Erinn

    August 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love this post! Thank you for being so honest – I feel the exact same way about this issue. Everyone is different and things that work for one person may not work for the next. I see this all the time in teaching – our big buzzword is differentiation – because every student has different strengths and their own way of learning.
    Have a great day!

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design

    August 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I love this post and your perspective — I completely agree! We need to be able to think for ourselves and make our own decisions based off of what is right for us.

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    August 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I love this! I definitely felt/saw it a lot while becoming a mommy, I had initially joined a lot of mom Facebook groups, but it became a huge source of stress for me, so I left them. Thanks for sharing.

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