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15 Powerful Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

15 Powerful Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

1. They Make Their Conversation Well Worth It

This goes hand in hand with making the topics they bring up clear and interesting.

2. They Make Sense

Additionally, these people talk a lot, but in the spectrum of things, they also make a lot of sense. They know what they are talking about, off their head, and they are good at conversing and explaining in a way that is easy for you to understand.

  3. They Make You Think

Not only do these people make you think, but they make you think differently than before. This is the uniqueness of persuasive people that you too should pursue. The world is a better place when you have more than one source of input- but a variety makes the world much more enriching and lively indeed. That is for sure – so next time, let your mind wander into their world.

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4. They Make It Interesting

We all know having to deal with the awfully boring conversation don’t we? But persuasive people have this uncanny and brilliant ability to make what they are saying more interesting to the human ear. They will give you examples and details that will make for a more interesting conversation for not only them, but you too.

5. They Know What They Want

These people also know exactly what they want, hence, them trying to convince you to understand what they are talking about. If you know what you want, there isn’t anything you can’t handle right?

6. They Like Challenges

They accept the challenge of you not being able to fully understand them beforehand, so they enjoy the challenge of trying to win you over. That is the exciting part of it all. They bring themselves to the challenge of making you come over to their side – and try their fullest to win you over. For them it like an addiction or a need.

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7. They Won’t Stop Unless They Win You Over

They will keep trying to win you over- that is them in a nutshell. If you know that you aren’t budging, they will try something different, in order for you to see the picture. These people will not rest until you are over on their side…it is a good thing because they give their total focus to you.

8. They Give Their Full Attention

This one is a no-brainer. Not only do they give you complete attention, they make sure that you fully comprehend what they are saying. Their undivided attention is all towards you – they are great listeners.

9. They are Motivated Individuals

Persuasive people also are self-motivated and resilient. They inspire and strive to be better every single day- in order to convince others for what they believe in. They are determined to fight – walk the talk in other words.

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10. They Know When to Change Paths

If they know something is not going a certain way, they will change direction quickly in order to not waste time, and proceed with caution. If they know you don’t like that much loud noise, they will start speaking more softly, for example.

11. They Show Confidence

Instead of being a nervous wreck, they are confident in themselves to get the task done. They know they have the tools, ideas, and innovation, that is needed to get the job done in a way that is beneficial to themselves and those around them.

12. They Are Determined

They know they will overcome adversity and negativity when it hits them. They are prepared beforehand to reach the sky…and fight till it lasts.

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13. They Pay Attention

They give you full attention at all times. They like listening and being listened to at the same time.

14. They are Remarkable Individuals

They are remarkable in the way they talk, act, and listen. Try to act that way yourself. You will see a pronounced difference in the way people start interacting with you.

15. They Probably Won’t Accept Your “No”   

As much as we all hate the word “no,” they hate it more than us. So, if you tell them no, be prepared for a battle. They know what they want and they will persuade you of it despite yourself!

Featured photo credit: BJ FOGG, Guest Speaker 25-09-2009 @ via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Do you like making mistakes?

I certainly don’t.

Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

  1. Point us to something we did not know.
  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
  3. Deepen our knowledge.
  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
  6. Inform us more about our values.
  7. Teach us more about others.
  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
  11. Remind us of our humanity.
  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
  16. Invite us to better choices.
  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
  18. Can reveal a new insight.
  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
  20. Can serve as a warning.
  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
  24. Remind us how we are like others.
  25. Make us more humble.
  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
  30. Expose our true feelings.
  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
  34. Show us when we are not listening.
  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
  36. Can create distance with someone else.
  37. Slow us down when we need to.
  38. Can hasten change.
  39. Reveal our blind spots.
  40. Are the invisible made visible.

Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

The secret to handling mistakes is to:

  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
  • Have an experimental mindset.
  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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