One time I got a blender for Christmas.
At the time, I didn’t really have any use for a blender, so I never took it out of the box.
I put it in a closet, and forgot about it.
Then a year later, to save time, I wrapped it up and gave it to somebody else.
This is pretty common.
Some companies have these goofy parties where you give each other presents and then trade them with each other.
Sometimes they call them “white elephant” parties. The “white elephant” being the gift that nobody really wants, so they keep giving it to other people.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right?
How exactly do you do that?
It revolves around how flexible you are with “meaning.”
If you say “hi” to somebody, and they don’t say “hi” back, what does it “mean”?
To some, it’s PROOF that they suck and nobody likes them.
To others, it’s an opportunity to try something different.
Meaning that while they didn’t say “hi” back to you, they didn’t call the cops.
Maybe they didn’t hear you. Maybe they are too shy. Maybe they really like you and are frozen.
It’s hard to “switch” these meanings around on the spot, simply because our brains are hard wired to AUTOMATICALLY go to the “worst” meaning for ancient survival reasons.
But since overcoming your survival instincts is what it means to be a rational human, this is just another skill you can practice.
Playing around with different meanings “in the moment.”
Like any skill, it takes time. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
But once you get yourself up to speed, you’ll be able to use a POWERFUL tool from your Covert Hypnosis tool kit.
It’s a technique where you take ANYTHING that you get, from the world or other people, and simply figure out a way to USE it.
Instead of judging it right away, get into the habit of thinking, “hmm, how can I use this?”
The inventor of Covert Hypnosis, Milton Erickson, used this to hypnotize people.
He didn’t care if they closed their eyes or not. Sat down or know. Kept talking or not.
He simply UTILIZED whatever they were doing to DEEPEN their trance.
Since trance was his intention, he took WHATEVER happened, and UTILIZED it to fulfill his intention.
What is YOUR intention?
Whatever it is, you can take WHATEVER the world gives you, and use it to fulfill your intention.
This will turn every experience, every conversation, every person you meet into a once in a lifetime opportunity to get what you want out of life.