In my last post, I mentioned that ‘raising your vibration’ was one of the key things you have to do to break through to your next level. But what does that really mean? if you are not a woohoo, hippie, sandal wearing, new age spiritual kinda person who is familiar with the term, it might throw you for a loop.
Heck, even as someone who is somewhat familiar with the lingo, it helps to clarify exactly what I mean here.
So what do I mean by vibration?
I simply mean your vibe, your energy, your emotions, your drive, the quality of thoughts and emotions you hold. If you are anxious, scared, depressed, you are vibrating at a low level. Your thoughts and emotions are keeping you stuck in a state that will affect your body, your actions and can lock you into a vicious cycle.
If you are happy, inspired, confident, optimistic, you are vibrating at a higher level. You feel lighter, you feel energetic, you are positive and hopeful about the future. Clearly in this state, you would feel better, act better, work harder and be overall nicer to be around, which would probably allow good things to happen to you.
Now we are never always one thing, and many of us will oscillate from one end of the spectrum to the other. Sometimes we feel great, sometimes we don’t. And that is okay, that is perfectly healthy. We are human after all, we will feel the wide gamut of emotion, each is useful to us ultimately. Negative emotions can be powerful sources of motivation and change. Positive emotions can blind us to our own doom.
So it is okay to be wherever you are. It is okay to feel. Even when those emotions hurt. I believe when we allow ourselves to feel completely, we allow ourselves to process and transcend.
Sometimes the emotions clear up on their own. You have a dark spell for a bit, and then one day the sun breaks through and you feel the light and warmth again. Sometimes they take a bit of coaxing, a bit of active work on your path to pull yourself back up. Sometimes your emotions might be so heavy and even linked to your biology that you need specialised help to pull through.
But allow me to ruminate a little and try to outline some ideas on how to raise one’s vibration.
This past week was quite difficult. Between things being slow on the business front, clients going quiet, issues with the water where I stay, issues with software, and starting off the week quite sick and exhausted. It was a lot to deal with. And that’s okay. I let it be, and I did what Ruiz recommends in his book, The Four Agreements, I did my best. Whatever that was.
Today I’m much better, trying to dive into a new week, still feeling a lil miffy here and there and wondering how I can supercharge myself and lift my spirits. What can we do to feel better and stimulate the energy we need to face our challenges and thrive?
There are a lot of small things we can to lighten our mood, to position ourselves and help our vibe. It could be as small as cleaning your room, organizing your workspace, doing the dishes. You could light a candle, burn some incense. You could pray or hang out in nature. You could listen to uplifting music. Anything, as long as it contributes to your self care.
Sometimes you just need to sit with yourself and attend to your mind and soul. Do some meditation, quieten the monkey brain, get to that still place within and reconnect with yourself.
There is nothing like endorphins to immediately improve your mood. Exercise is one of those things, like meditation that sometimes feel like such a bother to get started, but once you actually do it you feel like damn, I really should do this everyday. A good workout is amazing most times. I literally feel my mood shifting from bleh, to being eager to tackle the day and get things done.
It is easy to let our minds take us for a ride most of the time. But we have to actively set and calibrate our attitudes towards life and everything. The way you view things will affect what you do and what you get.
You could look at all the problems and issues around you and feel hopeless. Worse still, you could put your head in the sand and just ignore the issues, letting them fester. Or you could take the stoic practice of turning shit to sugar, realizing that the obstacle is also the way.
No matter the situation. There is always opportunity lurking. There is always a play to be made, there is always a way around, or under, or on top. There is always a way to adapt, or accept.
Taking such a progressive mental stance brings you out of victim mode to being an active participant in your life.
Sometimes you just need to get hype af. As much as it is fashionable now to look down at self help gurus and feel good motivational speakers as being more cotton candy than anything substantial, there is power in getting your emotions riled up. There is power in changing your mental state, in letting your inner tinder be sparked into a rising flame.
It could be music, it could a speaker, it could be a movie, or an article, it could be a friend, a colleague, an enemy. Wherever you can, seek inspiration, and let it fuel you.
You need something to pull you forward. Think about your goals, think about the things you desire. See yourself having them, see yourself receiving them. Your mind already easily does this, just in reverse, thinking about all the things that could go wrong, expecting the worst to happen. Train your mind to also do it in the positive direction. Keep the energy of having what you want in mind, and then act critically to get yourself there.
With these quick 5 ideas, we have some tools to help raise our energy when we need to. To jump start ourselves and get us ready to do what we must, to get what we want. To get back on top of things when we inadvertently fail or falter.
So I’m sitting at the bar right…and this gorgeous lady in a red dress walks in and proceeds to a table already full of hot sexy chicks, they order drinks and begin chatting animatedly and doing what girls usually do at such places, look good, attract attention, make guys crazy and so on. I watch as guys take turns in approaching this group with all kinds of gimmicks and get shot down one after the other. I shake my head in disappointment at the depressing display of lack of male prowess, turn to the bar tender and ask for my usual…a deep maroon shimmering cocktail. A first glance at the glass would not raise any flags, its just a red drink right. But on closer inspection, you would almost swear the liquid was alive, quivering, shimmering, vibrating. I raise the drink to my lips, close my eyes and slowly drink. As the cool liquid touches my tongue, it begins…a tingling sensation that begins in my mouth and flows first right up to my brain, and then washes over my entire body like a cascading furious waterfall. In my core is an explosion of an intense heat wave and then cold calm steadiness, followed by an overpowering presence, then quiet strength and it trails off with the whisper of a lingering teasing caress. I open my eyes, and feel the energy flow through my veins, slowly pulsating through my body. For 30minutes, I am superman, and 30 minutes is all I need. I saunter to the table with the beautiful ladies, and in 10 seconds flat have the entire table roaring with laughter and smiles, 9 minutes and 50 seconds later, I leave with the lady in the red dress, leaving about 7 envious but glowing female faces in my wake. I then proceed to give the red dress lady the most explosive 18 minute experience of her life.
Now that is a great story that took place entirely in my head, but its a parable to illustrate a great truth, the most important part of this story is the cocktail I ordered…a deep ominous blood coloured elixir that grants extraordinary powers and jaw dropping results. This is the Success Cocktail, drink this, and well…let’s just say that your life would never be the same. So what goes into the Success Cocktail?
I will show you how to create the success cocktail, these are the ingredients you will need.
If you want to be successful at any endeavour, I mean really experience fulfilling authentic success, you need skill. It is the fundamental component of this elixir. You should have something you have mastery of, or at least high competence in. It could be design, music, organizing, leading, writing, or just attracting a lot of attention to yourself. But have skill. A skill is well developed and honed ability. Talent is not skill. Skill is talent that has been disciplined, developed and mastered. Time required to grow skill to master level = 10, 000hrs.
This a complex blend of hard work, courage and persistence. Success comes from the willingness to put in the hours and do the grunt work against all distractions and setbacks. Body is the drive to keep going on until you achieve your mark. This substance is absolutely necessary to activate skill.
This is an extremely flammable and powerful substance that provides the ‘kick’ in the success cocktail. Passion is the requirement for deeply fulfilling success. It fuels and maintains the consistency of the ‘body’. Without passion, obstacles are harder to overcome, and sustained effort is almost impossible. Passion gives you the tingling sensation of feeling alive and the vibrancy you experience after ingesting the cocktail.
Passion is a very heady drug it fuels the body but also clouds the mind. Powerful and compelling dreams and visions are side effects of this potion. But to achieve success, the fiery temperance of passion must be tempered with cool transparent clarity and an adequate dose of reality. This will help you remain level headed enough to harness the power of passion and navigate the limits of reality so well that you may even begin to bend those limits and rewrite history in the process
This is the soul of the cocktail and it integrates all the above components into the DNA of the drinker. It also connects the drinker with a greater stream/plane of shared consciousness.
I have already alluded to the fact that this cocktail gifts the drinker with special powers and abilities that guarantee your success. I will briefly outline the powers you should expect and thereafter a strategy for using these powers for desired results.
Mastery: also known as competence. It is essentially the ability to do something really well, in fact so well that people clamour over you to get you to do it for them, and pay you very handsomely as well. The gift of mastery is provided courtesy of skill
Superhuman strength and resilience: These powers are the result of body (hard work, courage and persistence). They grant you the ability to withstand pain and adversity, and press on against all odds.
Energy: also known as Life-force. This is the power gifted by Passion. It is the fuel of life itself, this energy pervades the entire universe and propels you towards your goals and success. This energy sustains and nourishes you throughout your quest.
Dreams: sometimes referred to as vision. This is the gift of foresight, the ability to see the future or at least potential futures. It gives the drinker awareness of things that do not yet exist. This power is a result of passion as well. The ability to see into the future increases with the amount of passion in your cocktail. However, too much unbalanced passion will lead to hallucinations and false perceptions of reality. Hence we temper passion with clarity
Insight: This is a refined version of foresight that emerges with the combination of passion and clarity. With insight, you can look into the future with increased accuracy and perceptive depth. With insight, you don’t only have glimpses of the future, but also an understanding of consequences of that future and a general map to get there, or avert it.
Knowledge: a more concrete and at the same time more ephemeral version of insight. Passion + Clarity + Intuition grant the drinker the gift of knowledge. Here concrete direction is given to the drinker for success, also the shared knowledge of every living thing is granted when needed to the drinker. Luck and chance are attracted in greater measures as well.
STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS OR HOW TO USE YOUR NEW FOUND POWERS
We just learned about the super powers, now for an example of a strategy/framework for using these powers to achieve a goal (in this case business success).
Identify the need: utilising insight and knowledge scan your world and look for an unfulfilled need or emptiness that fits in with your mastery.
Conjure the required resources: use the all your powers to gather all the necessary resources to create the product. Meta techniques used here will include leadership and management.
Create the product: use the powers of mastery and strength to create a product, service or experience that addresses the need of your audience. Execute.
Generate awareness: use your gifts of energy, dreams, insight and knowledge to help the audience become aware of your product, tell stories and sell them your vision of a future with your product. Meta techniques here include networking, communication, creation of idea viruses and so on.
Deliver the product: make it available to your audience by creating distribution channels so they can enjoy and make their life better than it was before.
So there you have it, The Success Cocktail, its ingredients and the ensuing abilities and strategies for resounding and superhuman success.