Discover 5 ways to have an amazing day

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Experiment!

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Change your thoughts and you change your world” Norman Vincent Peale

How often do you try new things just to see what happens?

I love experimenting.  I am constantly looking for fresh ideas and ways of approaching life.  I like to dabble, try things out, spice things up a little.

I’m fascinated by the energy flows that humans have and how we can influence them.  In particular I’ve been playing with how our state of mind and physical presence can affect the energy of the world around us.

Here are some experiments I’ve tried with amazing results – they have helped me to increase my confidence, influence and presence.  If you’re interested, pick one and try it out – then leave a comment to share the results.

1. Fully Present

Spend a day fully engaging with everyone you meet.  Make it your intention to listen to everything they have to say.  Be encouraging and ask them open questions about what you hear.  Create space for the other person to express themselves.   Resist the temptation to bring the conversation back to you and your experience.

What was different about your interactions?  How did you change as a result?

2. Glitterball

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Glitter

Walk around imagining that you have a glittering ball of energy and light floating just in front of your chest.  Let the light glow and shine in every situation.  Keep it present as you speak to people.  See how the world responds to you and your energy.  Try this in a crowded bar and see how long it takes to get served.

3. Eyes Wide Closed

Practice walking with your eyes closed.  Find a safe place away from traffic / danger (a path in the park or a garden is good), close your eyes and start walking.  Count your steps and see how many you can manage before your have to open your eyes.  Keep trying and see how far you can trust yourself to go.

4. Energy Field

A two-part experiment.  This one takes a little courage.  Next time you are walking in a city or busy place, try these two different approaches:

1)   Walk with a closed posture and keep your eyes to the floor.  Make yourself feel small.  Keep your energy inside yourself and at a low level.  Don’t get out of the way of oncoming people as you are walking.  See what happens.

2)   Walk with an upright posture.  Open out your chest.  Take up as much space as you can.  Slow your pace a little – feel at leisure.  Open your eyes wide and look ahead.  Make eye contact with everyone you see.  Walk in a straight line without deviation and don’t get out of the way of oncoming people.  See what is different.

5. Hat Trick

Imagine that everyone you meet today is wearing a funny hat.  They can all wear the same one, or each person can have a different one.  Jester hat, cowboy hat, viking helmet, policeman’s helmet, pirate hat, balloon hat, top hat, huge hat covered in feathers, tiara, royal crown.  As you talk with them, keep imagining the hat and seeing it sitting jauntily on their head.  What difference does this make to your interactions?  This works particularly well for uncomfortable situations, or in dealing with difficult people.

What other experiments have you tried?  Please share them with the LOL Community and we can play too!

Photo credit: Chez Worldwide, Fake Allowance (from Flickr Creative Commons)

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Comments

  1. Phil
    March 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    What are your favourite experiments? How do you use your energy to manage the world around you?

  2. March 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Hey Phil,

    Love the title of this article. It’s all about changing our attitude toward our day. I love #1 and #5. #1 is hard for most of us. Listening is a forgotten skill. To do it you need to be fully present. (Took a listening class about 15 years ago that changed everything!)

    #5 sounds so fun! Show love and you’ll always get a better response from the other person. It can be really hard to do this, especially with those closest to you.

    As for my own experiments ~ I practice smile therapy. Smiling and saying hi to everyone I pass. Have had mixed results at parks doing this. Most people seem surprised and happy I’m saying, “hello.” A small majority will not respond.

    That’s o.k.! It makes me feel good …

    Thx, Giulietta
    .-= Giulietta the Muse´s last blog ..Three keys to success and happiness! =-.

  3. March 12, 2010 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I love the hat idea, Phil. And you know me, I love experimenting so found this post delightful. Today I was at the de Young museum in SF where there is the best opportunity for people watching, especially in the cafe. Out of the blue we started to make up life stories for the people around us. It was just pure fun, as so much experimentation is.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last blog ..At the End of the Day, A Poem About Happiness =-.

  4. Phil
    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Giulietta – I love the sounds of smile therapy. It is a way to get the most from ourselves and the world. A smile can change the course of someone’s day – get their thoughts moving in another direction. What a great gift.

  5. Phil
    March 12, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Patty – have fun with these ideas. I love experimenting too – it makes life so rich. It is such a fun game to make up life stories – every now and then I actually have to ask people to see how close I was! Thanks for the comment.

    Phil

  6. March 12, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Hey Phil, I like them all but you got me. I don’t experiment when I’m alone or interacting with other adults, but when I’m with little kids it’s natural. This reminds me of the time many years ago when my girl friends and I did an elevator experiment. There were three of us. We all faced the back of the elevator and every other person who got on followed our lead and faced the back, too. But we completely botched it and didn’t make it to the top of the bldg. Why? Damn giggles got in the way.

  7. Phil
    March 12, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Belinda – I’m giggling just thinking about your experiment. It is amazing how we can influence the world around us by our actions and energy. I love the picture of the three of you chuckling away in an elevator! Thanks for sharing. Phil

  8. March 13, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Hi Phil, this is my first visit, and I enjoyed your post.

    I’ve been having some fun with an experiment recently. Have you noticed that when you greet people and ask them how they are, the response is often “ok”, or “not too bad”? So, I’ve been trying out a few more upbeat responses, to see if I can get similar responses back. It’s working! The responses range from “really well” to “fantastic”. Surely we want to be better than just “ok”?

  9. March 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Phil, hello, I am new here, and enjoyed your post very much. The timing is wonderful – today I had an amazing day which was a totally new experiment for me.

    I took my self-published book to a flea market in Tokyo today. There were so many amazing hats walking around I didn’t need to imagine anything along those lines. My energy exercise was simply being totally present in my energy field, saying hello to everyone who passed by, and sitting myself in a state of acceptance and love. When someone lingered with a returning smile I handed out a flier about the book, together with a little postcard gift. Although I didn’t sell one new book (everyone else was selling used clothes and shoes), several writers and professionals from other countries stopped to talk to me, leaving me their names and business cards, and many people accepted the fliers, saying they would check my homepage.

    The setting was a small park with a wonderful waterfall where a small boy fell in and began screaming – his mother promptly undressed him and went off to look for another set of clothes. There were quite a number of homeless people enjoying the sunshine, sitting out beside their makeshift abodes, and hundreds of people searching about, intent on finding a clothing bargain for a few hundred yen.

    I am back deep in the mountains now, my face smarting from sunburn, and I am thinking back over this amazing day. It is a good time to have discovered your blog.

    Life is astonishing. Best wishes from the mountains in Japan – Catrien Ross.
    .-= Catrien Ross´s last blog ..Catrien Ross on Blasting Mount Fuji to Bits – Does Live-Fire Artillery Count As a Spiritual Distraction? =-.

  10. March 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Hello again, Phil, my gravatar did not go through – I mistyped the entry (too much amazing sun on this amazing day, today), so here it is again. – Catrien Ross
    .-= Catrien Ross´s last blog ..Catrien Ross on Blasting Mount Fuji to Bits – Does Live-Fire Artillery Count As a Spiritual Distraction? =-.

  11. March 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I like the hat technique:) I’ll have to try it:) All of the experiments sound great Phil. The world does respond to the energy that we send out there.

  12. March 15, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    To appreciate life, I have this weird habit of visiting an hospital and witness the many patients who are in pain. After seeing this people I felt blessed because I’m in good health and it made me aware of the present moment; it also made me forget the small worries that’s eating my mind. :-)
    .-= Walter´s last blog ..The reason behind adversities =-.

  13. March 16, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Phil, hello again. Well, I see that I am still present in your comments section in all my various phases, so I thought I might as well show up again today.

    The opening of tree buds and spring flowers here in the mountains made me think of passion and purpose in the human life. So if you have time, please visit my latest blog post in Japan to share this breath of springtime with me.

    Thank you for putting up with my repeating appearance – Catrien Ross.
    .-= Catrien Ross´s last blog ..Catrien Ross on Reviving Your Passion and Purpose in Spring Vibrations from Japan =-.

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