Day 5 of the 100 day challenge

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Today’s 5 minutes journal was darker, a lot more depressing and angry to write but I’m glad I got those dark thoughts out of my head and into my notebook. I’m not feeling amazing, but at least I don’t have to carry the bulk of those dark thoughts around with me for the rest of the day.

I chose to do another meditation from  Shakti Gawain’s ‘Creative Visualization’ – specifically, the ‘Grounding yourself and running energy’ on page 87.

I read the meditation and then recorded myself reading it loud. So glad I did! It really helped get me in the zone… although I have to remember to read really really slowly next time and allow for very long pauses. My imagination needs time to do its thang!

This meditation gets you to imagine that there is a ‘grounding chord’ coming out of the base of your spine, going into the ground likes the roots of a tree. This allows you to pull energy from the earth and move it up through your body. This is mixed with energy from the ‘cosmos’ coming through the top of your head and down into the ground. (well, that’s my take on the whole thing anyway).

I like this. I like the idea of energy flowing through me, taking the good from the earth and sending it up through me into the universe and vice versa. I’ll be doing this more often for sure!

Now to the visualisation…

I had an interesting conversation with one of my brothers this evening. I asked him what he saw when he visualised his goals. He didn’t. WTF? A non-believer? He said he didn’t see the point of it!

After I removed the look of shock from my face, I told him excitedly about athletes and how the successful ones almost always say that they have imagined running a particular race a thousand times in their minds or they have mentally been through the course dozens of times. I told him that I honestly believe this works… but when I tell myself to visualise something, I go blank or my picture seems to fuzzy to actually see anything.

My brother, a film maker sees everything in clear pictures or moving images. He couldn’t understand how I couldn’t do this and I couldn’t understand how he could! I told him about my vision board and how, for example,  I ‘visualised’ being in Hawaii. I told him I was struggling with this because I have obviously never been to Hawaii, so how can I visualise it?

“But how does this relate to your 100 day challenge?” he asked. Say what?

“Well, I’m practising visualisation obviously! If I end up in Hawaii sometime in my life, I’ll know it worked!”, said I.

“Ermn, no. That’s not really a good experiment/challenge.  You can always twist your results to fit your way of thinking. Whatever you want, whatever you visualise, it has to happen in the 100 days of your challenge or it’s not a challenge

Mother trucker!

Ok, this guy has a point. This got me thinking and thinking hard. Admittedly, I’m not ready to go to Hawaii in the next 95 days so I don’t want to visualise this happening. But I would love to book my luxury trip to Hawaii before the challenge is over. What’s more, I would love to book it with the extra income £2k a month I want to visualise (rather than out of my current salary which would be a huge stretch).

Hmmn. You guys, I think I’m starting to get this!!!!!

I need my goals to be specific and measurable and that’s what I need to picture happening.  When I think of my goals/ desires in this way… I’m starting to actually see images in my mind. Moreover, I’m starting to feel excited when I sit down to think about them rather than thinking of them as a chore.

That kid (well, the 36 year old) is on to something!

Oh and my brother has also decided to visualise being a good Salsa dancer. He’s been to classes on and off for years but just doesn’t have the confidence to lead on the dance floor. He’s agreed to go through the moves in his mind daily, like a Salsa athlete…. so watch this space!

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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:

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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!