So tonight the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians tied the World Series at 3-3. Leading to a historic Game 7 match-up. Who will win on Wednesday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field?
Check out today’s video from Kevin Hogan, Persuasion and Body Language Expert, and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He just might have some answers. And when you’re done with this brief video, come back here for the rest of the story.
Back? You watched it right. No cheating.
So Kevin’s video delves deep into a topic I’m sure has come up in many sports households where you don’t all love the same team, or at home generally (between kids fighting, parents disagreeing, etc.)
What is the topic?
How to get out of an argument in 3 minutes!
Something that is valuable to all of us.
Now I won’t give you the answer. But let’s just say that the venue, your physical environment, and movement all play a part.
And so that brings me you and your career. Are you stuck in a rut? Are the same things annoying you and frustrating you? A lot of things could be impacting you in your job. But there is one things that can make a difference.
Now I’ve talked to you about that before. The big part environment plays in things, especially in sports (aka Tiger Woods’ meltdown when playing with others who were imploding). But it is bigger than that. Your home, your work, the things around you. All play a part in your success and happiness.
Before we wrap that thought up though, lets get back to the Cubs and Indians.
Who’s going to win?
Well if the game went back Wrigley Field in Chicago, then I’d be heavily backing the Cubs. But since it is in Cleveland, the venue is on their side. Unless you think it is more pressure to perform in front of you home fans. In which case it looks good for the Cubs. But then again it could be the Indians because they’ve got something to prove. Or the Cubs because they now have momentum.
Now I think I’m starting to sound like Vizzini from The Princess Bride…
Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right… and who is dead.
Vizzini: But it’s so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy’s? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Man in Black: You’ve made your decision then?
Vizzini: Not remotely. Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.
Man in Black: Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.
Vizzini: Wait till I get going! Now, where was I?
Man in Black: Australia.
Vizzini: Yes, Australia. And you must have suspected I would have known the powder’s origin, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Man in Black: You’re just stalling now.
Vizzini: You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you? You’ve beaten my giant, which means you’re exceptionally strong, so you could’ve put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But, you’ve also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied, and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal, so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Man in Black: You’re trying to trick me into giving away something. It won’t work.
Vizzini: IT HAS WORKED! YOU’VE GIVEN EVERYTHING AWAY! I KNOW WHERE THE POISON IS!
And that’s the moral of the story.
Now here’s the secret. Whether it is what was popularized by Anthony Robbins, and the Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) crowd, as the “Pattern Interrupt”, or as Kevin Hogan or what used to be popular wisdom, as a “change in scenery,” moving and changing your environment changes your emotional state and triggers you in a new way (good or bad). Here’s some things you can change…
- Move furniture around
- Change the pictures and paintings on your walls
- Go for a walk
- Change your boss or coworkers (big change)
- Swap offices or cubicles
- Get a new job (major change)
So if you’re stuck in a rut.
Or you find yourself in an argument you’d rather not be having. Use Kevin’s 3 minute argument nullifying technique.
And if it’s a recurring theme? Look at changing your environment. Assess what’s triggering you.
And if you find that you still aren’t getting the results you need, then get professional help.
And if the problem area is your job or job search, if the results you are getting aren’t what you feel you deserve, then get in touch with me for some strategic guidance. Then get back on track.
Who do I want to win? Cubs? Indians?
I have a place in my heart for the Indians having gone to their ballpark for a game when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio for a year and a half.
But the Cubs have the history and it would be a storybook ending (like the Princess Bride).
Either way it will be awesome. Enjoy!