Warning: This post contains 5 powerful ways to bring more energy, joy, confidence and influence into your life.
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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?
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)