I moved to Florida a year ago. It was time to escape frigid Indiana where winter often lasts 6 months out of the year. It was also time for me to spend some much needed time at the ocean. That’s where I go to meet God.
My fiancé and I run a digital marketing agency. As we are prepping for our move, he kept coming back to one question: “We’re going to find clients down there too, right? We’re going to be okay financially?” My answer, without hesitation, was always, “yes. Absolutely.” One month before we moved – all of our clients bailed. We were moving to Florida with only our savings and a lot of prayers.
Fast forward 9 months. Times became so bad that in mid-2017, I went to work doing sales for a tech giant. After having to go to Human Resources twice in a 4-month period for harassment, I realized this was not going to work if I wanted to live past the age of 50. I quit.
Right when I started questioning what life was going to be like as a homeless person, I went to an event that changed my life. Since I like giving credit where credit is due, I want to be sure to credit Tasha Chen for what she taught me at this event. These 3 actions flipped my business right side up.
Journaling My Gratitudes
Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty – Doris Day
Every morning when we rise, we give thanks. We give thanks for things we have present. We also have faith for what things the Universe is going to deliver. As hocus-pocus as it sounds, nearly all major theologies teach this concept. Ask, knowing that it will be delivered to you – and it will. And so, we give thanks for things that are to come. No matter how outlandish it may seem, we give thanks and feel the gratitude that we will feel when those things manifest.
When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation. – Ramana Maharshi
I think many people have this very spiritual view of meditation. While it can be incredibly spiritual, meditation is simply a way of giving your brain a breather. Think of it this way: If your body were going non-stop for a week with no sleep, would it eventually fail to comply? Of course it would. Your productivity would be shot. Meditation is a time to simply shut off your brain. It’s a reboot. Sometimes after or during meditation, we get profound spiritual messages. Sometimes it just stops our thinking long enough that when we re-start, we come up with brilliant business ideas. Either way, it’s a refreshing way to break. We do this daily. Sometimes for 5 minutes. If time allows, it’s beneficial enough that we could meditate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose. – Bo Bennett
Visualization looks a lot like journaling your gratitudes, but it’s far more specific. As the quote above states, it’s like daydreaming but with a purpose. Wallace D. Wattles says in his book The Science of Getting Rich, “THOUGHT is the creative power, or the impelling force which causes the creative power to act; thinking in a Certain Way will bring riches to you, but you must not rely upon thought alone, paying no attention to personal action.”
In other words, whatever it is in life that you want, you must first think on it and hold that thought without thought of how it will come to you. Your sole job is to think about said thing, feel what it will feel like when you attain said thing and then express your gratitude. Yes, even though you don’t have it…. yet.
What this looks like for us is we write it down first (hand written, not typed). Then we read what we just wrote. Finally, we take however long we want to close our eyes and actually envision what that looks like when it manifests. It’s interesting that sometimes our subconscious minds will take us in an entirely different direction than what our conscious minds have written.
My marketing agency specializes in the hospitality industry. Since this practice (only 3 months ago), I’ve written proposals for luxury resorts all over the US and even internationally. I’m landing clients left and right and they’re all coming to me with little to no work on my part. The moral of my story is that I finally gave up control. I’m letting the Universe do what It does best – and that’s deliver exactly what I tell It I want.