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Remember this scene from Star Wars ?

Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.

Obi-Wan: (influencing the stormtrooper's mind) You don't need to see his identification.

Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.

Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for.

Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.

Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.

Obi-Wan: Move along

Stormtrooper: Move along. Move Along.

This bit of dialogue showing how "The Force" works is similar to the communication tool known as Positive Direction.

Positive Direction is a style of communication that works toward making positive behaviors happen. Don't and Stop are negative words that often fail to register as we think. Instead, it is human nature to register the words that come after the dont's and the stop's.

When you use Positive Direction, you give the person with whom you are communication a positive image to attain. There's likely to be more cooperation. Hopefully less rebellion. And if so, then everyone feels good.

Instead of: Don't throw your coat on the floor!
Try: Hang you coat up.

Instead of: Stop interrupting me when I'm on the phone.
Try: Wait and I'll talk to you later.

Instead of: Don't be so loud!
Try: Talk in a quiet voice.

Instead of: No, you can't go out with your friends, you have homework to do!
Try: Yes, you can see your friends when you finish your homework.

Positive Direction takes some practice, but it could be worth the time and energy.

Now, move along....


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