Have you ever felt like you are not given the kind of respect you deserve? In a way like you are taken for granted or not taken seriously? In one way or another, all of us have felt this way. We've yearned to be looked at as an authority, someone people look up to and trust. We're not taught in school how to do this or our parents didn't tell us the secret on how to gain authority. It's something we learn and gain by ourselves. And the answer is as simple as changing your mindset. What? No way! Oh but is. People tend to underestimate the power of the mind. Change your game by changing your mind.
Take the time to look back and think about all the people in your life who were an authority, a leader, guy at work who has more credibility than you or the man who you look up to and inspires you. They are up there not for the reasons you think. If you really think about it, they aren't the smartest of the bunch, not the most educated, neither are they the best. And in no way do they even call themselves an expert or guru. No. Instead, they are up there because they are great teachers and advocates for the success of their customers or employees.
Let's take for example Richard Simmons. Who doesn't know this guy? This famous fitness personality has been a household name ever since he started gaining popularity during the first few years in his career. Stop and think though, do you really think he is the best person to really get people into shape? Is he the Einstein of fitness and nutrition? Or does he even call himself a master of his craft? Of course not.
People look up at him and give him authority because he is a great educator. Instead of sharing information that's far too complicated to understand, he figures out what your problems are and finds out a way to fix them. He even has social media that he updates on a regular basis with topics that are helpful and easy to understand for his fans and followers.
He doesn't try too hard to impress his followers because by now they're already pretty impressed with the commitment and desire to solve people's problems.
Depending on what field you're in, you can share with people things you know that you think they will want to know as well. If you're a nurse for example, you can make a blog post for common health problems and quick remedies people can do at home. Remember, the simpler you can make it, the better. People will trust you better if you give them easy solutions. Like Richard, you'll soon be the expert you'll want to listen to.
You can be an advocate also by showing people that you have their best interests at heart. Using the nurse example again, they can start up conferences to take up people's concerns and try to solve it they best way that you can.
So let's make a recap. How will you be viewed as an authority again? Make that mind shift. Find out what concerns and troubles your target. Give solutions. Show that you care. And help them climb up that ladder of success. Ladies and gentlemen, that's how it's done.