The power of AND

If you recall from the power versus force article, genuine power if distinctly different from raw force. (Need a reminder on how power is different than force? Click this link to check that post.)

Time for a power treat!

One of the most powerful treats to explore regarding the use of genuine ethical power, is to remember the word “AND.”

Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to think in simple binary terms? When scared, the shortest route to feeling safe often forces us to think simplistically. People who use power to bend us into binary thinking force us to choose from an all too short of a list. Think about this. Do you feel more powerful when you begin to see more options to any issue at hand?

The word AND ignites a powerful process known as brainstorming. The art of brainstorming requires us to see things from multiple angles NOTHING is too silly or outrageous in brainstorming. Something silly may lead to something extraordinarily wonderful. Try engaging the art of brainstorming the next time you feel uncomfortable because some one or something scares you. For example, you’re on the phone with a some type of official that seems all powerful and scary to you. The moment you feel powerless:

  1. ask, “So, what are my options.”
  2. Have them run down the list.
  3. Once you review that list, ask them, “If roles were reversed, would you like these options? ”
    • If they answer, “No” then you’ve GOT them poised to start brainstorming.
    • If they answer “Yes” ask them which of these options would they choose and why?

Another aspect to the power connected to “AND” helps us see a glass half full more often AND invites us to think in terms of MORE versus less. As we move from lack-based thinking (living life feeling deprived and disadvantaged) to living a life where we’re amazed at how much there really IS already at hand, we feel more powerful!  How’s that old saying go? “Change your mind and you change your world!”

Remember to treat yourself the next time you feel tricked into making a choice from a short list of options. How? Remember your pal “AND” and you’ll find yourself feeling more empowered to make wiser choices each and every time.

Where did we find this powerful treat? Since 2006 300,000+ of people have attended a wide variety of workshops and study groups on the topic of personal worth. It’s thrilling to watch people dissolve fears as they engage existing skills to release guilt, worry, doubt or shame by remembering AND!.

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