Developing Winning Realistic Mindset
The Sales PitchThe glass half full statement often comes from those who would have you relax your conservative values and spend that hard earned savings. Most likely, that glass half full person would have you give them your savings for some product you do not likely need or want. This type of sales pitch is one of unrealistic future expectations driving you to go against your instincts. Buy a Mercedes when you should buy a Ford or buy twice as much house as you need because the future looks bright! Last time I looked, no person can predict the future. The glass half full attitude is a partial truth, partial lie, meant to drive you to an emotional decision. The half full crowd consistently attack others with hurtful and inaccurate terms like negative, critical, or jealous. The glass half empty attitude drives a decision based on fear. This type of person consistently warns you of what is looming around the corner and it is always likely negative. Again, last time I checked, no one can predict the future. Just like the glass half full crowd, the purpose of the half empty attitude is to separate you from your savings or your better instincts with a sales pitch built on fear. Life insurance sales people are highly trained in this tactic. We do not buy life insurance because we expect to live forever. We buy life insurance because we “fear” the unlikely but possible tragic outcome.
Click To TweetAnything other than a balanced, winning, realistic mindset is unacceptable. Some groups of people use these terms because they know of nothing else. Most shameful are the small groups of highly educated, highly trained, often wealthy, and always influential people who use the glass half full or the glass half empty labels to influence the behavior of others. When someone is behaving in a way that this set of leaders disagrees with, the glass half empty tool is deployed. It is meant to insult and pressure a change in behavior. When this shameful group of self labeled leaders want you to give them your money or convince you to commit to something, likely against your instincts, they use the glass is half full argument. The glass half full argument is often topped with a serving of falsehood telling you that God wills it for you.
A Better, Winning, Realistic MindsetWords mean things. Responsible and educated adults pick their words carefully. Those who work in intellectual or professional roles pay particular attention to the language they use. We use and demand precision of language to avoid emotionally driven errors and the consequences resulting from such mistakes. I recently heard someone say this: “We can either see the cup half empty or half full. Scarcity of thinking creates limitations.”. Mr. Life Coach is both correct and incorrect and I promise that he knows this truth but perpetuates the manipulation. It is impossible for a glass of water to be anything other than both half empty and half full. Do I need to explain this like a 5th grade science teacher? If one takes a 6oz container of water and puts 3oz of water in it then it will surely also have another 3oz of open space thus half full of water and half empty of water. It could also be said that the cup is half full of air and half full of water. Oh wow, we never thought of it that way did we? Scraping away the canned phrases and the hype of the master marketers is sometimes harsh but always enlightening, like ripping off a bandage. Consider these reasons that business leaders use manipulating phrases:
- To influence the behavior of noncompliant team members.
- To sell someone something.
- To encourage someone to deny their natural instincts.
- To bully someone.
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