Thank you J.Gabás Esteban!
Life design is all about finding ways to feel good in each moment. What makes you feel good can change every day. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make life more enjoyable, and now that I'm in the habit of looking, I attract more ideas than I know what to do with. This week I'm trying a new feature to wrangle all my little tips and tricks into one delicious digest for your reading pleasure. If you have a cool life design tip for next week, send me an email or leave a comment below!
1. What will you say when you sell your work?
Whether you're an artist, an independent designer, or a craftsperson, I know you have creative work you want to sell. When you're working on a project you intend to sell, think about the moment when money exchanges hands and someone purchases your work. What will you exclaim to your friend, partner or dog when you sell another piece? This will help you name your work in a friendly and accessible manner. Instead of crying "I sold another abstract sculpture of hair and teeth," maybe you yell "sold another Pet Dog!" Find a name that makes you feel excited to say it, and you'll find yourself in the feeling place of selling your work.
2. Look for the vibration you're trying to achieve.
If you're trying to get to the next level in your business, start looking for ways to access that vibration. For example, one way to take your business to a new level is by writing an "official bio" for yourself. Think about how someone else would write about your work for a magazine. It will be hard at first, but as you look for ways to talk yourself up, you'll begin attracting more examples.
3. Learn how to email posts to your site and Facebook.
If lifestreaming or blogging is part of your "work", make it easier to be in the flow of creating by posting via email. If you run self-hosted WordPress, create a new email address through your webhost, then use the Postie plugin. To post photos to Facebook via email, go to Facebook Mobile for your personal upload email address.
4. Be happy for the sake of the rest of us.
When you are happy, we all are, because we are all one. Your life is a perfect mirror of you, so whatever signal you send is the one you receive.
5. Learn how to love feeling bad.
When you feel bad because you aren't where you want to be, it's only the contrast of life helping you discern preferences. Bless the contrast, because only contrast can make you know you want something else. Contrast causes you to ask, and when you ask, it is given. Thanks contrast!
6. Deposit joy in your future.
One way to practice the feeling of joy (so it can reflect back to you) is to picture yourself feeling joyful in the near future. Imagine a future scenario, like driving to work, and then picture yourself injecting joy in that moment. How do you feel, how are you acting, what are you thinking when you feel that joy?
7. Let yourself cry.
Kelly and I like to think of crying as "leveling up". When you allow yourself to cry, you get to go from a very low emotion like anger, to a much higher emotion like content. Crying is a physical way to produce the feeling of relief, which you feel any time you move up the emotional scale. Crying is one way to make a quick jump from feeling bad to feeling good without doing much thinking about it.
8. Write down everything so you can stop thinking.
Anytime you have a good idea, write it down. Even if it's just an ok idea, write it down. The faster you can get thoughts out of your head, the more time you can spend not thinking so you can attract even better ideas. Even good ideas get stale when bouncing around one's head too long, so just let your thoughts go as you have them and revisit them when you're feeling your best.
9. Focus on your inner body.
To cause an avalanche of manifestations, practice focusing on your inner body so intently that you tune out all external stimuli. This level of presence stops resistant thoughts, allowing the manifestations you were blocking to flow. One way to focus on your inner body is to focus on your breathing as if you're trying to stop hiccuping.
10. Let the flow do your exercise.
For years I thought exercise was just plain painful and hard. But after I started running long distances, I realized there is definitely a point when exercise is effortless and fun. Now I know that exercise is supposed to feel good, and if it feels bad that means I'm having resistant thoughts. Exercise should feel like it's not even your body doing the work—it's the flow of life running through your body. To access that state during exercise, try thinking in mantras ("I'm in the flow") or just keep reminding yourself that you are looking for that flow state. It will come easily if you feel for it. Just remember how it feels to ride a bicycle—exercise should feel that smooth.
11. Practice breathing.
Breath is our simplest connection to the flow of life. It represents the black/white, yes/no, on/off nature of reality. You can't inhale without exhaling. Focusing on your breath is a wonderful way to stop thought and remember that you are a spiritual being having a miraculous physical experience. Picture yourself breathing in love, and then exhaling love into the universe. Imagine the impact you would have if you infused every exhalation with love. It's just another way to send the signal you want to receive.