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We’ve all heard the phrase “Stubborn as an ox”.  Usually in reference to getting someone to change their mind.  It’s like getting government to make a change.  I have used the comparison to moving a behemoth.  When an organization is that large and has so many stakeholders, there really needs to be incentive for change.

How often have you tried to push your idea on someone only to encounter resistance.  Have you ever thought about “pulling”?

I’ll use a comparison to when I worked in the grocery industry.  A pallet of sugar literally weighs a ton.  If you try to push it, it’s next to impossible to move without a lot of effort and risk of hurting yourself.  On the other hand, if you PULL the pallet, although it’s heavy, it’s much easier to move.

People really are not any different.  If you try to push them in a direction, you will  likely encounter natural resistance.  Alternatively, if you get their attention and draw them to you, or pull them if you will, they just may respond in a much more positive way.  Eventually, you may even have to get out of their way as they take your idea and run with it.

You see this in sales all the time.  Watch the person who is always trying to “push” their business down your throat and think about how you feel.  Then you see the person who just has so much enthusiasm, enjoys life and makes you wonder what it is they are up to.  For some reason, you want whatever it is they have.  Now resistance is futile!  And you didn’t even know you wanted it.

So, to push or to pull.  The choice is yours but don’t hurt yourself!

Have a great day,


P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for the experience having an international student stay in our home will bring.  I’m thankful for a wonderful wife that provides so much support.  I’m thankful God gave me this day!

What are you thankful for today?

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