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A Crazy Story With My 9 Year Old
Yesterday morning, I had just finished hosting the TAGR mastermind and the topic for the day was ‘imagination’, which is law of success #5.
I walked out of the office because it was time for me to take the kids to school.
My wife starts to tell me this interesting thing that’s happening with my oldest son, Kayden.
See the night before this, we had gone to a place called Ijump, which is this place that has all of these awesome trampolines, where you can jump & throw balls & do flips & stuff.
You can also jump into these huge foam pits and all sorts of other fun things.
We were having a blast.
I had my Iphone out and we were shooting slow motion videos.
Here’s a cool video I shot while we were there.
In any case, I guess there was a kid there who was being a bit rude to my kids, calling them names & yelling obscenities.
Little bit of a bully, you know?
Apparently this kid was wearing a basketball jersey.
I actually didn’t know about this because I didn’t see it happen.
So right before school yesterday morning my wife said,
“the funniest thing, you know your son saw this kid wearing this jersey – and this morning he woke up and wanted to wear a jersey to school.
I don’t understand why he would want to model this kid that was saying things, that you know, weren’t the best.”
And she said “Can you talk to him?”
And so I walk outside, after our study of imagination, and I say –
“Take That Off!”
And I just sort of command him to do it.
And of course, he rejects & refuses and we argue there for just a minute.
And my brilliant wife, says, (in a sort of whisper)…
“See if you can make him think it’s his idea.”
This is actually one of the things that Dale Carnegie talks about in “How To Win Friends And Influence Poeple.”
I call it law of a pleasing personality #10… Make Them Think It’s Their Idea
And so I said to myself, how in the world am I going to make this 9 year old kid, make him think that this thing, he does NOT want to do, is his idea?
How is this even possible – I mean we were arguing back & forth & I’ve got like 5 minutes, to get him from our house to school.
Not a lot of time to work with right?
So, we go load up in the car and I’m racking my brain.
I’m like how am I gonna make him think it’s his idea, I mean he’s set on wearing this Jersey.
How am I gonna do this?
And I’m thinking about Imagination & I was like — OK Paul, now’s the time -put your imagination to the test.
And so as I ask myself, ‘what could I do, what could I do, what could I do?”
I think about some of the things I’ve been learning recently, in my studies of influence.
Right now I’m reading a book called “Wordweaving, The Science Of Suggestion” by Trevor Sylvestor, which is all about how to influence the human mind through the power of suggestion.
I remember that…
The first step – in preparing the mind to be receptive to a suggestion is to tell a story.
(There’s more to this, and if you want to learn all the details, you may want to consider picking up the book “Wordweaving“)
In any case, so I’m like – OK Step #1 – tell him a story.
What story could I tell?
All of a sudden, a perfect story flashes into my mind.
The story of the Invisible Counselors from Think And Grow Rich.
And so, we’re driving to school and I say..
“Boys, have you guys heard of the invisible counselors?”
and they’re like , “No, what’s that dad?”
And I’m like –
“Well you guys know Napoleon Hill, who wrote this book Think And Grow Rich that your dad talks about all the time right? “
And they’re like “Yeah.”
“Well did you know that Napoleon hill would, every night, visualize imaginary people sitting around this conference table?
People he wanted to be like.
People like Abraham Lincoln,
And at this point, I can see the kids are leaning in a bit.
And then I tell them the extra – interesting part of the story – where Dr. Hill becomes a bit frightened because the characters seem to take on a life of their own & so he stops his imaginary meetings.
Until, of course, Abraham Lincoln appears to him in a dream and encourages him to continue.
And by now, my kids are really fascinated with what I’m telling them.
So I ask, “Why do you think Dr. Hill would imagine people he wanted to be like?”
And both of them knew the answer right off…
“So he could learn to become like them dad?”
That’s right boys.
& then we proceeded to talk a little about how important it is to think of people you want to become like – surround yourself with them & model them.
Now comes step 2 in conversational influence formula – Suggestion
Step 2 – according to this book I’m reading is to structure your suggestions in a way that the mind will be most receptive to receiving them.
So one of the language patterns I’ve been practicing is called a “Presupposition of possibility“.
This is just a fancy way of saying that the mind will be more open & receptive to things that might happen, things that could happen, or things that you can do.
So I begin to ask my sons.
What do you think might happen, if we model people who have bad characteristics of bad qualities?
“Well, dad, I guess we could become like them.”
“And would it be a good thing to become like people who have bad qualities?”
“That’s right boys.”
“Do you guys think that maybe, it would be a better idea – to model people with good qualities and characteristics?
People we want to be like?”
“Yeah dad, that makes a lot more sense.”
“Yeah, I think so to boys.”
So now, we’re getting to the school and I’m thinking –
“what to do? Should I just let him go to school with this jersey on?”
And just before Kayden opens the door, he says..
“Dad, I’m going to go ahead and take this jersey off.”
He takes it off and hands it to me and heads off to school.
I could hardly believe my eyes.
On the way home – I felt like the proudest dad in the world.
I mean, in 5 minutes, to take someone who was dead set on doing what they want to do,
…even to the point of argument, and turn the situation completely around so they not only want to do what you wanted them to do,
but they even think it’s their idea.
So now, I’m thinking – that maybe, my friend,
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