In our life, there would be at least once or twice that we felt totally embarrassed doing something not knowing why we even did that in the first place.
And I could count one moment where I had that. It was when I had to sell stickers. What is embarrassing is that these stickers are all over my face. So imagine a person walking towards you with stickers covered on his face. It is sort of creepy or shocking, right? So, I had to be that scary or shocking person for an hour. I approached people and asked them to buy the stickers off my face.
I would love to share this with you how someone made me say yes and do that embarrassing stuff and I want you to apply this on your life.
For $4,000 entrepreneurial course, it made me do stuff I never thought I could do in my entire life. During our lesson about rejection, our coach distributed to us a bunch of stickers and said, “Whatever you do or say, there will always be someone who disagree with you and hate you for it. As long as you do it with a clear conscience, do it anyway.” He then asked us to paste the stickers any course-mate we like. And that anyone can paste back sticker to someone who pasted on his face. And so, for 5 minutes we really had fun doing the stuff. We laugh as we paste each other’s face with stickers.
When we were done, he told us that when we were having fun, we feel no embarrassment. He was right. Imagine those times in your younger schooling years. You and your friends fooling around, people are watching you because your do this weird yet funny stuff. But you just don’t care because you are having fun. You feel that it is the time of your life to enjoy it. That is what our coach was implying.
So getting back to the story, our coach wanted us to proclaim that we are not bothered by what people think of me. He made us say the same thing until he got the satisfaction that he wanted. We said it a few times louder everytime. He then asked if we are sure that what we just proclaimed is true. He then made us say, “Yes” for a few times again until he got the satisfaction he wanted.
At that moment, I must say, that I feel so sure about myself. I feel like all the positive energy is going inside every bone of my body. I feel so alive and driven to do anything I need and want to do not until when he said…
… that he is holding a small competition among us. He asked us to sell those stickers in our face. He said that he’ll see if we meant what we just said that we don’t really care what people think of us. And there, slam! Reality hit me. But of course, I can’t stop. I have to prove it not only to my coach but also to myself that I can do it. I am not just an ordinary person. I am special and I can do big time. Also, he said that the team who could generate most revenue wins, so I got driven (a bit). :)
The morale of the story:
From this story, I was able to extract a lesson that really worked on me, evidently as he made me do that crazy but lesson-giving moment.
It is easier to influence people when you make them do simple and easy stuff (like pasting stickers and saying Yes for few times). From that, you are creating a pattern of consistency. With this consistency, you become driven to soar and achieve things. You can make people do things by questioning where the answer is Yes or which will make them think and do actions.
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