Employee of the MonthGood morning.
In football, when you’re on fourth down and you don’t plan on going for a first down, you punt the football.  That is the equivalent of the what the Federal Reserve did on Wednesday.  They modified their language on inflation, but it doesn’t appear to be enough to placate stock investors.  We’ll see in the coming week if the bulls can stave off the bears, but right now, the options market keeps adding downside protection.

“I can’t say everything happens for a reason, but I can say that pain, hardship, and suffering are the gifts that help us grow, and learn, and become who we are meant to be.” —Dr. Edith Eger

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September 18, 2019

There will be times when your idea or opinion is different from that of other people, and they will strongly insist on what they believe in.

How to Make People Doubt and Change Beliefs

All people have a distinct set of beliefs and values that have been ingrained into their subconscious since they were little.  They consider their beliefs as true undeniable; hence, they will hold on to their beliefs even if there’s no strong proof or evidence supporting them.

So how do you get them to doubt — and therefore change — their beliefs?  Here are five suggestions:

  1. Social Proof in ActionUse the power of social proof.  People get cues from their surroundings and tend to get influenced by other peoples ideas, decisions, and yes… beliefs.  Their desire to “fit in” would cause them to shift from their existing belief to that of the group.  If you want someone to switch from their belief to your own, team up with one or more individuals having the same belief as yours.  Ask them to nod their heads in agreement, or say “That’s true” and perhaps explain why, so that the person you’re persuading would have some cause to doubt his/her previous beliefs.
  2. Create a common goal.  Some people insist that they are correct about certain information.  If you’re not sure whether your own viewpoint is factual, it would help to say something like, “Seems like one of our sources gave us the wrong details.  We had better find out which one is accurate, or we might suffer the consequences later on.”  By saying this statement, you transfer the accountability of the inaccurate or wrong data to an external factor.
  3. Act like they’re not in touch with reality.  If they insist that you should not pursue a certain endeavor, you could ignore it like it’s not a valid suggestion; or you could put on a bewildered look on your face (as if they don’t know what they’re talking about) and smile or laugh (as if you’re responding to a joke).
  4. Mixed Assortment of LeavesAsk for a specific explanation.  Some people believe in something simply because that’s what’s being said by their parents, friends, church, etc… even if it’s not based on facts or there’s no reliable proof.  Often, simply asking one of the following questions will get them thinking, “How did you come to that conclusion?” or “From whom did you get the facts?” or “What proof do you have?”.  Just remember to do it gently.  Be careful not to sound like you’re disagreeing with them, because you’re not.  You just want to be sure you get the facts right.  If they can explain it in detail, simply accept and respect their views first, saying something like, “You got a good point there.”   Then justify your own side by providing your own proof or evidence that subtly and clearly shows how weak or unfounded their belief is.  To avoid any confrontation, use a third party.  You could say that this was based on scientific research or an authority’s statement.
  5. Change the variables of the belief.  There are times when you simply can’t alter people’s belief no matter how much you try.  In this case, you can change the variables of their belief or appeal to their other beliefs.  Example: If your dad refuses to give you a raise in allowance based on the fact that the economy is weak, you can say that since the economy is weak, all the more reason to circulate the money around and help local vendors make a buck.  Of course, it’s very important that you don’t lie or make up stories that aren’t true.

“Man is made by his belief.  As he believes, so he is.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your chances of getting what you want just increased…  🙂

September 18, 2018

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September 18, 2017

My #1 deep secret is HOW MUCH I HAD NO CHOICE IN COMING to NEWFOUNDLAND and Labrador, and how much I hated to leave.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, as ‘The Terminated’ said it best; “I’ll be back!

Now that a lot of our family has been out-West … the East-coast is a great destination to congregate. 

My NEXT BIG PLAN is to fly to Toronto; visit Niagara Falls, then fly to St. John’s [NFLD], where I plan to meet up with my wife; to then board a cruise ship that will take us down the Atlantic Coast, past New York, N.Y., to where we will disembark near VirginiaWOW … what a trip!

Here are just two more sights I captured in just a few short days!

Yes!  “I come from a ways.”

REW

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