‘Swings and roundabouts!’ – that’s what my Dad would always say about how he felt about managing a pub. We all have highs and dips in life but how can we boost our morale so that life doesn’t become one big dip?
Here are 5 ways to reboot and raise our vibration.
1. Curiouser and Curiouser…
According to the OED, the word curiouser was coined by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland in 1865, as the phrase “curiouser and curiouser”. In fact, the OED cites this phrase only, and does not treat curiouser as a word unto itself; the phrase has the meaning “increasingly strange”.
Asking questions might just get you to start looking at things in a different way. That dip of energy could be because you don’t think you impact society or you stopped being grateful for what’s going right in your life. An exercise I like to do is step back from a situation, put my index finger to my chin, smile a Cheshire cat grin and announce ‘Curiouser and Curiouser…’ This can either make me laugh (which raises your vibration) or gives room for an insight so the situation can turn around without any attachment.
2. Act. Act. Act
I know you have sight of a bigger picture and you can get down when it feels like you’re no closer to it. This is when I’ve been known to drop the ball and with that my vibration drops and depression can sneak in. What needs to happen? Just a little intention and one daily action will get you there. Elvis summed it up, ‘A little less conversation; A little more action.’ I often repeat that dittie during conversations about health and exercise. Make a little effort towards your goal, your bigger picture – it doesn’t matter how long it takes. Go gently and you’ll get the change you’re looking for it. Sure, you’re worth it.
3. Filter criticism
My girlfriend suggested to me one day that my workplace might be easier to handle if I placed imaginary tea strainers over my ears. This allowed me filter out unhelpful negativity when listening to people. Feedback is helpful. If I’m uncertain about what I’m doing, hearing someone comment on what I’m doing can make me feel demotivated and down. I got on top of this by regularly asking for clearer direction and feedback so I could improve and I became part of the solution.
If you do get negative feedback there’s no need to dwell on it. Remember, we’re all a work in progress. Work out if the feedback can help you and use it. If not, drop it like hot potato.
4. Unknown Unknowns
In February 2002, Donald Rumsfeld, the then US Secretary of State for Defence, stated at a Defence Department briefing: ‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns.’ Let’s look at the unknown unknowns. Life is there for us to learn something new every day. What do you need to do so you have the opportunity that might spark a light that will never go out? Be open and go with the flow…it could be as simple as starting a conversation in a grocery store or as wild as starting a new course – stay challenged.
5. Reach out and find inspiration
Has someone else gone through what you are feeling today? Yes, it’s highly likely and now you have access to the internet to research it. You also have people in your life that may make good role models. They can give you focus, and can prompt you to take action in your life by drawing on their example. I like to use positive affirmations. These can be particularly useful if you suffer from recurring, negative thoughts because you can make positive adjustments to the areas of your life that you wish to change. Examples can be, ‘I’m excellent at what I do.’ Or ‘All of life comes to me with ease, joy and glory.’ What do you have to lose? Well, if you think about it you only have everything to gain. Raise your vibrations and take it on. You got this.
Be the change you want to be in your world.