“The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.” – Felix Adler, Born Aug. 13, 1851.
All decisions are made in the present moment. And we are deciding our future.
But if you can make a decision feel like a culmination of the mistakes and lessons of the past, it is a lot easier to make a choice in the first place.
There are a thousand voices from the past we can leverage.
Parents who supported us (or not).
Teachers who educated us (or not).
Pastors and priests who nurtured our souls (or not).
Old flames that burned out (or not).
Bad bets and good.
Bullets dodged or taken.
Omens acknowledged or ignored.
Is the situation one in which the lessons of history warn us from a dangerous path? Is the situation one where our destiny has conspired to force us to take a fateful leap?
It can be either, or both at the same time.
Is there a long ago promise that needs to be kept? A forgotten debt to be repaid? An old score that finally can be settled?
How can the voices of the past be used to tell your present prospects the right choice to secure the best possible future?
What are they saying? Warning? Encouraging? Admonishing? Applauding?
The past is not through with us, and won't be forgotten.
<!—- lagniappe How can we use this pretty “meta” Daily Devotional in a practical way? We can leverage the prospect’s past in two simple ways. We want to tap into their own experience with a past lesson warning to avoid something bad. This should be something that is related to our offer. And then tap into another life lesson about doing something good - a positive to pull them toward our suggested course of action. As usual, the simplest way to tap into their own memories is to share yours. For example, my own late grandfather - who I named my oldest son after - told me never to take shit off any fools. And that advice has served me well, because it’s kept me from following the dumb suggestions of people who aren’t as smart or capable as me. It’s kept me from accepting their limitations as my own. But he also told me that sometimes you have to take shit from your betters. Because they’re trying to help you, and they’re being harsh because it’s an important lesson with bad consequences if you don’t heed it. And that advice has helped me even more because it helped me recognize mentors in my life that were rough on because they cared enough to try and forge me into stronger stuff. Now - I could take those and anchor them to an offer. Something where similar fools want me to pick the wrong path for their own selfish reasons - but that someone put me on the right path even though it was harder going. And my telling that story might tie them into similar advice they received from their own wiser elders. And I could position myself as someone who is now in the role of the wise and concerned mentor/guide, showing you the same path I chose - to my great success But WHAT IF? What if I could put you on that same path - but instead of it being as hard as it was when I walked it, I could show you the shortcuts that I learned? Would that be better? Boy, would it! Do you see the structure of this particular setup? We create a push and a pull with our own past life lessons, and we get them to create their own in parallel. Hope this helps. If you need more, let me know. —->
1 thought on “Warping Time to Persuade People With Ghostly Voices From the Past”
There are so variable that it could sometimes create double as per the directions of travel.
In the end one just have to use the different directions at different times because there will be followers for each direction.