How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Opportunity and Attention
Opportunities are typically unplanned and happen due to external circumstances more than things we have deliberately done.
A person buys a bargain in the sales.
A job opening comes up and a person at work who had not thought about this for a career tries for the job anyway.
A criminal sees an open door in a house and slips in to see what can be stolen.
When we assess things our ongoing understanding, after worrying about threats, we look for two things that may be to our advantage. First, we check that things happened as we expected, in particular that actions we took in pursuit of our goals actually worked. Secondly, we check for unexpected things that may benefit us.
What we call luck is more about vigilance than random chance or predestined fate. One of the secrets of success in life is to see and take these opportunities as they appear.
In art, pictures play to needs and interests. As social animals, we are interested in people and will study them in pictures as we do in life. Our needs for mating and safety makes beautiful as powerful people attractive. We also find beauty in nature, where we seek fertile valleys and are awestruck by great mountains that seem to connect with the gods. In general, we are warmed by the familiar, by symmetry and by simplicity.
For yourself, keep a steady eye out for opportunities. Do not look just for confirmation of actions and things that satisfy main goals.
When persuading others, supply opportunities that will distract them from their current action. You can show them ways to reach their goals more easily. You can also play to interests or even needs in order to distract them.