I was a Junior in High School when a trained hypnotist visited our Psychology class.
He claimed he could make a cheerleader kiss a not-so-cute guy.
She almost did.
It was fun to watch him hypnotize people.
Some people fell completely under the "spell" while others weren't effected at all.
Later in the class he caused people to feel like they were in a hot desert.
He told us about the hot sand, the blistering sun, and the lack of water.
The heat wouldn't relent.
Students began to sweat and wipe their brow.
Finally the hypnotist had to stop because some of the
students were beginning to get too hot in a classroom that was only about 68o!
Belief is what separated those who did whatever he said
and those who maintained their senses.
Are we currently hypnotized by monthly payments?
Do we think payments are essential to existence? Has it become a family tradition?
Does it just seem normal? Do we always think of the monthly payments instead of our ability to buy something with one lump sum?
James "Cash" Penny hated monthly payments so much that
he refused to accept credit cards at his stores until he retired from J.C. Penny.
A Ferrari salesman once told me the difference between Mercedes buyers and Ferrari buyers.
The would-be Mercedes-Benz buyer asks, "What is the monthly payment?"
The would-be Ferrari buyer pays cash and thus has no need for monthly payments.
Signs that we are hypnotized by monthly payments:
We brag that a "payment is only____."
"They said my credit score is really high."
"I just got a raise so we can afford to buy____."
Count the number of people you know who have refused to be
burned by the monthly payment /hypnotic hoax. Who do you know
who has paid off her home? Cars? Business? Credit cards?
Medical bills? Line of credit?
Start a new tradition by refusing to be hypnotized.
(photo courtesy winnord)