Sunday, March 25, 2007

Deal or No Deal

My good friend, Lorraine Cohen, put Deal or No Deal into a very clear perspective. The following article brings up some great points.

Deal or No Deal
by Lorraine Cohen

Have you seen this show on TV? This is the premise: Contestants (players) come on the show with the hope of winning one million dollars. Twenty-six gorgeous women hold metal cases, labeled 1-26, that contain different written $ amounts of money starting with a penny up to one million dollars.

The show begins with the contestant picking one case to hold on the side that contains (what they hope is) is the one million dollars. The intent of the show is for the player to pick case numbers to be opened without picking cases that have high $ amounts, especially the one million! Once the case is opened, whatever amount is revealed can no longer be won. So, to win the million, you must pick cases that reveal lesser amounts.

After each series of cases are opened, the contestant is offered a certain amount of money to stop playing. The amount offered is determined by the player's ability to keep the highest $ amounts unrevealed. If the contestant accepts the offer (Deal), they take the money and go home. If they refuse (No Deal) they must keep picking case numbers in the hopes of winning as much money as possible. They are also hoping that the case they picked to hold on the side has the million!

I caught part of the show last night. The contestant was a man I'll call Bill. He was doing great. After calling out 20 numbers, he was offered $218,000.00 to stop playing. The higher amounts were still hidden in the unopened cases. Now, remember, this is a game of risk and luck. At any time, should he open any of the higher amounts, the $ offers start to go down.

Well, the audience was wild. Bill's support team was yelling for him to continue and his sister was screaming, "Take the Deal!" Did I mention this show has gotten high ratings? He turned it down and continued playing. Guess what happened? The next case was the one million dollars. After that, it just got worse. I missed what he left with - probably just a few dollars.

Some judgments you might make about Bill:

¨ He was swept away by $$$$ and got too greedy.

¨ He shouldn't have become overconfident and cocky.

¨ He was overly influenced by his friend's encouragement and the audience's cheering.

¨ He was nuts to pass on the offer of $218,000.00.

¨ He got what he deserved.

In his shoes, what would you have done? Each day you are faced with many decisions.

1. How often do you override your instincts and ignore what you feel is best for you?

2. How much power do you give to others to influence you about what you think, feel, and do?

3. Are the choices you make moving you towards what you desire or away?

4. Do you become overconfident and cocky so that you miss or blow opportunities?

5. Are you able to recognize when it's time to move on and let go? Or, do you overstay in a situation that becomes very costly to you and your dreams.

You're the creator of your life. What kind of deals are you making to have what you want?

Comments? Bring 'em on?

Lorraine Cohen, President of Powerfull Living, brings more than 25 years experience in personal and business coaching, psychological counseling, and sales to over 2,000 business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives to have greater career success and personal happiness in their life. Visit to learn more about Lorraine’s services, success products, and programs. Sign up for her monthly ezine, free fear ecourse and blog.

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