I am presently taking some courses, furthering my life and education in personal growth.
There is one lesson that keeps coming around, and it is getting louder to me, that is the profound importance of understanding the difference between a fact and someone’s opinion or belief.
The upcoming election is an excellent example of the difference between facts, opinions, and the power of persuasion.
A few years ago, I took an in-depth course on the power of persuasion and how it works. It was a very uncomfortable eye-opener, yet it was an experience I needed to help me stop getting caught up in lies and manipulation.
Let me give you an example of persuasion. When anyone keeps telling the same story over and over, especially when it is not true and has been proven not to be accurate, that is a form of brainwashing, and it is highly effective.
Another form of persuasion is making something that is harmful sound like it is good—playing on the emotions-feelings of others.
The goal is to capture the emotions and control the mind (thoughts), which controls the actions of others. Once the storyteller owns/controls the feelings and or the mind of the listener, the listener will blindly follower the storyteller disregarding any hard facts.
Intelligence and or reasoning get dismantled. To put it, in other words, the results are people will end up believing a lie over truth!
There are many ways persuasion can be used, and all forms are subject to the intent of the user.
I wish when I was growing up, someone taught me life was really about having fun and doing what I was created to do.
Does that sound absurd?
The life that was modeled before me growing up never offered me much hope of joy and happiness. Even in school, I heard if we wanted to make something of yourself, you need more schooling-college.
I watched people go to college because they believed it was the only way to get ahead. They accumulate massive debt through school loans, and then struggle to find a job in the area they went to school for or outright hated their jobs, but went this route for the money.
Life is met to be joyful and filled with fun. There is nothing wrong with collage if that brings you joy and makes you happy, and the keyword here is a joy.
What does bring you joy? Have you ever asked yourself that question?
I remember the first time I asked myself that question out loud. I remember this sadness washed over me. Deep down inside, I was not wholly fulfilled.
Being a wife and mother has brought me a lot of joy, yet there was still something missing. I had never done things I wanted to do for me.
I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I knew I had many gifts and talents I could share with the world. I have a lifetime of experiences that could help others and bring value to their lives.
The day I stepped out of the old model of thinking and beliefs was the day I stepped into the new me and became an entrepreneur.
I now own three businesses I do from home, and nothing feels like work. I get excited to wake up and do what I love doing.
Ask yourself out loud, right now, today. What brings me joy? Joy is one of the highest energetic emotions we can experience.
Top six emotions to keep your energy at the highest.
Life was met to be filled with joy and happiness, reach for the stars; you are worth it, and you won’t regret it!