Day 3 – Unleash Your Inner Money Babe challenge

Thank god Day 3 is easier than Day 2!!!!

Task: To list the 5 feelings you’ll have when you manifest what you want at the end of the challenge.

Mine are simple:

  • Excited
  • Powerful
  • Strong
  • High – as in buzzing!
  • Unstoppable (I’ve worked out how to make my mind work for me)

I feel really good today and I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but this is literally the most productive I have been in years. I feel the high vibes from the ‘manifestation babes’ Facebook group and the level of love in that group is leaving me buzzing.

On a side note, I’m seeing synchronization everywhere!!!  14:14 15.55, 11:11, 16:16 – I’m taking this as a sign from the universe that I’m on the right track.  WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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Daily motivation: Quit trying to change the bad

“If your goal is to get out of debt,
You’ll stay in debt forever.
Because whatever you think of, you attract.

You’ve got to start seeing what you want.

You don’t work on cold if you’re cold, you work on heat.
Cold is the absence of heat so you work on creating heat.

If you want good in your life,
quit trying to change the bad.
Quit trying to get rid of the bad.
Let it go.
Let it be part of the past.
Start to see the good that you desire.

Visualise it, see it as present in your mind.” ~ Bob Proctor

Change-Be-the-Change

 

 

Struggling with visualisation?

It’s no secret (to anyone who has read my posts) that I’ve been struggling a little with the whole visualisation part of my 100 day challenge! This is despite the fact that I’m already a quarter of the way into the challenge.  I decided today that it was time to get some more help and the first place I looked was YouTube!

There are dozens of visualisation videos out there but a video by Bob Proctor resonated with me so this is the one I’ll be sticking to for the next few weeks!

The video below is 21 minutes and 54 seconds long and it’s more than worth taking the time out to listen to it.  I sat on the tube this morning, put my head phones on, pressed play and closed my eyes. It seemed like only minutes had passed and it was already time to get off at my stop. I didn’t notice or feel anyone around me – quite an amazing feat during rush hour in London town!

I felt calm and deeply relaxed. I even felt like at one point I had massive smile on my face. Proctor is good! He uses subtle hypnosis to get you to relax but the magic for me is in the way he guides you to visualise ‘abundance’ – whatever your definition of abundance is

I commit to listening to this video at least once a day for the next 21 days. I also think it’s time I exercised my visualising muscles a little more. Yes, I have big goals as part of my 100 day challenge but I also need to work on the small stuff happening. Visualising that perfect parking spot, or the tube waiting for me as soon as I get to the platform… you know, the little things in life that make a big difference. I will of course keep y’all updated on my progress.

So, if you want an abundant future… give this video a go too and as always, I’d love to hear how you get along!

Day 4 of the 100 day challenge

Day 4 was not a good day!

I worked from home which meant my ‘routine’ fell right out the window. I also wasn’t feeling great so I spent the entire day stretched out on the sofa, like Jabba the Hutt… eating crap and watching crap.

At 11.30pm I decided it was time to write my 5 minute journal. Despite my day being pretty dark and depressing, my journal entry was the opposite. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for a job I proclaim to hate. Despite all it’s flaws, I’m pretty damn lucky to have an understanding boss who allows me to work at home whenever I feel shitty – and that’s usually once or twice a week!

After journalling, I decided to learn more about visualisation and read a bit more of the Shakti Gawain book ‘Creative Visualization’. I’ve had this on my Kindle for about a year but it’s slow going… I think perhaps because she talks at length about the theory behind the process when all I want to know is what the process is! I’m already a believer, just let me use the product already!

Anyway, somewhat coincidentally, I reached the chapter on meditation and visualisation yesterday.

I ended up doing the meditation on page 89 called ‘opening the energy centers’. This is unlike any meditation I’ve done before. You have to imagine that there’s “a glowing sphere of golden light” surrounding your head and different parts of your body. You move this energy around your body (as described in the book) and eventually allow it to “radiate from the top of your head like a fountain of light.”

According to the book, when you finish you will feel deeply relaxed yet energised. I can’t say that I did but I like the idea of this kind of meditation. I think my problem was that I couldn’t remember exactly how and where I was supposed to be moving this energy. I need this to be more of a guided meditation so for Day 5, methinks I’m going to record myself reading this meditation and then play it back when I’m doing the meditation. This is going to be difficult because I hate the sound of my voice but needs must!

I also found a useful chapter on visualisation on page 98 called ‘pink bubble technique’. All you need to do is imagine something you want to manifest and imagine that it has already happened. You have to picture it as clearly as possible in your mind and then surround this image/ picture/ fantasy with a pink bubble. You then put your goal inside the bubble and imagine it floating off into the universe – thus showing your trust that this is going to happen. Oh, and the reason the bubble is pink because that’s the colour of the heart!

Again, I struggled a little with this visualisation. I began by visualising all the pictures on my vision board. The good thing is, I can visualise it clearly and was able to move around the board without having to look at it. Where I struggled was imagining that these things had already happened. For example, the pregnancy picture.. do I imagine I’m already pregnant or that I’ve had the baby? Also, I found I was focussing too much on the shade of pink for the bubble. When I first read the word ‘pink’ I imagined bubble gum pink but then I read the bit about the heart. The heart is not bubble gum pink! I had to try and come up with a more appropriate shade of pink which took me away from the images I was supposed to be visualising!!! I know, when my mind wonders it sure does wonder some dumb shit.

I shall persevere though. I think these two techniques could be good so I will try them again on Day 5 (unless I read about some better ones).

 

 

 

Day 3 of the 100 day challenge

So, I’ve been struggling with this whole visualisation part of my 100 day challenge. The 5 minute journal is something I’m really enjoying, the meditation is something I think I’ll come to enjoy but the visualisation thing is proving to be quite a challenge!

For the first two days, I spent about 5 minutes a day just imagining myself in a nice house, having a few nice things but it didn’t seem a) real or b) focussed. I spent most of Day 3 dreading the visualisation and trying to think of ways I could make it feel more real and focussed. And then it hit me – a vision board!!!

I did a quick search of Google images and found some pictures that I thought would represent my dreams for the next 100 days. Then off I went to make my vision board.

Turns out this wasn’t as easy as I had first thought. You can obviously tell by the design and layout of my blog (and this vision board) that I’m not tech savvy. But how the hell do you stick a bunch of images together digitally and quickly? Enter Picasa!!!! My new favourite toy. There are of course other ways you can create vision board such as these but Picasa is the one for me!

So, after playing around with this for an hour or so (yes, it took me that long) I created this here vision board:

HSH

But what does it all mean? Allow me to explain. Over the next 97 days, I intend to focus on this vision board and visualise:

1. The Happy Soul Hub becoming a successful blog
2. Getting pregnant (I’m not trying for a baby yet but I’m approaching 38 and my body clock is ticking loud and hard. I don’t necessarily feel ready to have a baby just yet… I mean if Mother Nature allowed it I’d probably wait another 10 years but they say you’re never ready, so this is the year!)
3. Hawaii – I have dreamed of going to Hawaii for as long as I can remember. I’m going to visualise this happening. That I go in style, staying at the best hotel and not worrying about my spending money.
4. Making more money! For now, I’m going to visualise earning an extra £2,000 a month. Not sure how this is going to happen but I’m going to focus on seeing my bank statements increase by that sum every month.
5. Buying a flat to rent. There are some new flats being built close to my house, I’d like to buy one of these flats which is something I’m nowhere near doing right now. But hey, might as well visualise it!
6. Becoming a successful Harley Street Hypnotherapist. I’m currently training to be a Hypnotherapist and this is something I’d really love to pursue. If you’re going to dream, might as well dream big so Harley Street is it!
7. Being lucky! For the next 97 days, I’m going to visualise that luck is on my side.
8. Doing up my house. I moved into my new house a year ago and I haven’t been able to do much with it. I’m going to visualise my home becoming my perfect living environment

Right, that should keep me occupied for more than 5 minutes a day! I’m planning on looking at my vision board every morning whilst I’m on my way to work and slowly moving around each picture, visualising having each of these things.

I read somewhere that in order for visualisation / the Law of Attraction to work you have to get the feeling of already having what you want. So, if I want a new handbag I have to imagine how I’d feel having that new handbag. As we know, whenever you want something new, a few days after you have it you feel as if you’d had it all along.. that’s the feeling I need to create when I’m looking at my vision board.

Here goes…

 

 

How I made £700 in 3 days – just by changing my thoughts!

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About four or five years ago, I read a book by Brian Tracy called ‘Maximum Achievement’. Mr Tracy talked about doing a short experiment to test the principles in his book. It’s been years since I’ve read this book so I can’t remember the exact details but I think it was to test the power of belief (don’t quote me on that!). It was a pretty simple exercise, and as I was new to all of this self-help stuff I thought I’d give it a go.

The experiment:

For three days, all day every day repeat the following to yourself: ‘I am going to have an amazing day and amazing things are going to happen to me’.

Now, for this experiment to work you have to actually believe that something amazing is going to happen to you!

Sounded easy enough. So off my younger self went, for three whole days I obsessively said all day, every day (in my head) ‘I am going to have an amazing day and amazing things are going to happen to me’. I said this continuously as I walked to work, whenever I felt my mind wonder and every time I went to the bathroom. I would look at myself in the mirror and whisper over and over again, ‘I am going to have an amazing day and amazing things are going to happen to me.’ I’d then do 10 squats (this is optional) … you might as well make use of those bathroom breaks, especially when you hate your job and are in no hurry to get back to your desk.

I remember feeling excited on day 1. I believed in Mr Tracy and I was excited to see what amazing things were going to happen to me! I imagined that the next three days were going to be truly amazing.

My energy levels were dropping by day 2. I mean, I believed, I repeated but I saw nothing… I kept looking, but everything remained disappointingly the same. But the book said to keep believing and so I did. Something amazing had to happen to me.

On day 3 I looked around real hard all day for signs of this ‘something amazing’. Did I miss something? Maybe I should have reacted differently to something that happened during the day? Was I repeating this little mantra enough? Why wasn’t I seeing anything? Admittedly, my belief was beginning to waiver but the experiment wasn’t over yet so I had to keep on believing.

By nightfall, I had to admit defeat. I was at home and there was no possibility of anything new or amazing happening to me. My life was a crap as it was on day 1. As the end of day 3 neared, not only did I feel a little depressed but I also felt like a complete idiot for wasting 3 whole days on this crap. Brian Tracy that punk! I would have burned his book there and then if it wasn’t for the fact that it was actually a really good read.

At the time of this experiment, I was renting a flat close to my parents’ house. The experiment ended on Thursday evening and the following day, I did what I did almost every Friday night. I dropped by my parents house to collect my post.. I mean, to see how they were. I checked my post and oddly there was a letter from an insurance company asking me to contact them about a claim I’d made. This was odd because I hadn’t made any claims. I don’t even think I had anything insured to be claiming insurance for.

I called the Insurance company the following week expecting to be told they’d made an error. What happened next blew my mind a little. The Advisor told me that I’d made a claim about 3 years ago for mobile phone insurance. That is, I was charged for insurance when I hadn’t agreed to it. At the time, they rejected my claim and basically told me to get lost. I never gave it another thought, other than to make sure I never signed up for mobile phone insurance again!

Anyway, for some unknown reason this company decided after 3 years of no contact to randomly review my claim again. They decided that they had acted unfairly and decided to let me know. The Advisor told me that I was due a payment of £350 and he wanted to send me a cheque! WTF?

I remembered that I’d also paid my younger sister’s mobile phone insurance during the same period too and mentioned this to him. He reviewed my file again and agreed that I was owed that payment too. Another £350 to me! Sweeeet!

Now here comes the freaky part. The letter was dated Thursday of the week before, otherwise known as Day 3 of my experiment! WTF?!

A coincidence? I think not!

Learning points:

1. Positive thinking alone doesn’t work. You could say you’re going to have an amazing day all day, every day but nothing will change unless you BELIEVE that it will. Your head and your heart need to be singing from the same hymn sheet. This won’t work if deep down inside you think it’s all bullshit.

2. Don’t be disheartened when you don’t see results. Your belief is simply being tested. Stand firm and keep on believing. Remember, the magic was happening without me even knowing about it.

3. Belief is being sure of an outcome. Be sure of the outcome you want, as sure as you are that the sun will rise tomorrow morning.

4. Be realistic. I must confess, I thought my ‘amazing’ would be something like winning the lottery. I’m not sure how I thought that was going to happen considering I don’t buy lottery tickets!

5. Brian Tracy knows his shit! Check out his book, it’s worth a read.

Give the Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed a go and let me know if any freaky shit happens to you too!