You know I don’t particularly love flying.
Aka being a hostage in a giant metal bird’s stomach for lord knows how many hours together with an infinite amount of smelly strangers who all take their shoes off and might or might not leave their cell phones on (YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO!)…
I’m a seat-squeezing, seatbelt-tightening sissy.
But anyway, why in the name of David Hasselhoff am I telling you this?
Because I’m going to BARBADOS!
What? Now do yourself a favor and read this article to the end. Let it be the karate-kick in your butt that you need to go after your dreams. Today. Ready?
This my friend… is really a post about manifesting. Aaaahhh, now don’t choke on your eggplant frittata, because this will change your life. (not the frittata, the manifesting of course!)
Also: don’t be all self-sabotagy by thinking “I know this already”.
See, this is the first time ever that I’m consciously manifesting something. And I decided to say adios to my manifesting-virginity with a biggie: I’m winning a trip to Barbados.
And even though I didn’t get my “OMG YOU WON A FREE TRIP TO BARBADOS”-email just yet, I’m here sharing this with you.
Because there’s so much more to it than me going to Barbados. What I really wanna show you today is how manifesting will change your daily routine for the better:
- I’m in a ridiculously good mood, no matter if reality sucks.
- I’m fanning out positivity 25/8, lighting up fires under asses everyday.
- I’m hosting a bunch of untamed butterflies in my belly and constantly feel like I’m freshly in love.
Bottom line is: I feel awesome thanks to something that hasn’t even happened yet. How crazy is that?
What the big secret is, you wonder?
It’s having something specific to focus on. A clear goal. No second guessing.
When you focus on something highly specific, it becomes tangible. It becomes real.
I’m not just going “somewhere nice”. I’m going to Barbados. October 28th to November 4th. I’m going to Rihanna’s concert at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown November 1st. I’m gonna eat flying fish and drink coconut water. Done deal.
It’s all about the details, baby!
(That’s also why winning the lottery is not a goal. Why does everybody wanna win the freaking lottery anyway? There’s 849.237 other ways to get to where you wanna be. The lottery is the lazy way out and it’s not specific enough. So let it go…)
Now how can you put this into practice?
To get the most out of this, let me tell you the story of me and Barbados and break it down into all the steps I took:
I’ve been annoying my friends and family with my Barbados-talk for about 14 months now. And I (desperately) wanted to get the hell out of Austria in October/November. So when the internet gods finally decided to have mercy and had me stumble across the raffle to win a trip to Barbados end of October?
I almost peepeed my panties.
I knew it was mine. It had to be mine. There was no. other. way.
My excitement was almost ridiculous, so I called my mum.
Would you go on a tans-atlantic flight for just a week if everything was free?”
I told you 13 times already, I’m not going to the Caribbean! Even if we stay for free, we still need to pay for the flights and – “
She wasn’t listening. So I persisted and after five minutes of her kicking my enthusiasm right in the balls, she finally got it. “Let’s do this!”
I told my mum I’m winning the trip and all she had to do was get the days off from work and pay her flight from Vienna to Frankfurt. (It’s a German raffle so the flight to Barbados leaves from there)
Mummy was in. She didn’t think I(t) was crazy. And she didn’t have doubts. Surprisingly. That had to be a good sign!
And then I started to take action. Here’s exactly what I did: (kinda forced my mum to do exactly the same)
First I cleared the week in my calendar and scheduled BARBADOS. (Yes, IN CAPS!)
I took the week off from my day job and they told me then I couldn’t go away until February 2014. Totally a test, I thought, so I took it anyway.
I changed my desktop background, iPhone screens and even whatsapp background to pictures of Barbados.
- I changed my passwords to “Barbados trip winner”. (no, not exactly like that, hackers!)
- I started listening to Rihanna.
- I watched every Youtube video on Barbados that I could get my virtual hands on.
- I told everybody about it. I even posted it on Facebook (I’ll tell you what crazy thing happened thanks to this!)
- I absolutely pay attention to how I say things. I never ever use a choice of words that allows doubt to slip it.
- I keep talking about it all the fucking time.
- I visualize it. That sounds woo-woo but I just imagine myself hitting the beach, the salty seawater on my lips and the smell of vacation. I imagine getting the winner-call, jumping up to the ceiling and screaming uncontrollably at my mum over the phone. In as much detail as possible.
- I’m grateful. All day everyday I’m happy and grateful that I finally get to go to my dream destination and have the vacation I so need and deserve.
- I set reminders on my phone that say something like “OMG YOU’RE GOING TO BARBADOS” and shit like that. I get one at least every 2 hours.
- I made a dreamboard or whatever you call it on Pinterest. Feel free to take a look here.
You can increase your winning chances by listening to a Bavarian radio station. So I spend 12+ hours a day listening to crappy music of the last 3 decades, brain-wrecking advertisements and constant traffic updates for the Bavarian region.“Drivers on route x5y, there’s a person in a wheelchair on the road! Please be careful!” (Not making this up.)
I started packing.
And then the biggie that I totally consider the final stroke of my manifesting masterpiece: I booked my flight to Frankfurt. My mum didn’t want to at first, because when she had to actually commit by paying real money? Resistance creeped in. So I just sent her the booking confirmation of my own flight (which I booked anyway of course), and she sent me back hers within a day. Ballsy move indeed. YES!
I do a lot of other stuff too, but this is the most practical part of it.
And the coolest thing? No matter the outcome, I’m having the best freaking time! This is FUN!
Even though I was sitting on my sore ass, studying constitutional law 15 hours a day for the last 3,5 weeks, I was excited and knew that my new life is just around the corner. Because in my mind I was at the beach already. Sipping that coconut water.
Never before in my life had I managed to consciously stay that positive. Every negative hippopotamusshit thought that sneaks into my mind is instantly squashed like a cockroach by a stiletto. Crack! (Also: sorry for the gross animal metaphors.)
Yup, it can be exhausting at times.
But is it worth it? FUCK YEAH!
I’m not yet in Barbados but the results I already experience are a-ma-zing. The craziest thing for me was that Mercedes Maidana made a video about me and Barbados for her blog. (I’ve been girl-crushing on her for the longest time! She’s not only a successful business gal and a radiant personality, she’s also a professional big wave surfer. How cool can you be?)
Watch the video here. (She calls me by my second name Lisa because of privacy or something ;)
This only happened because she saw my post on Facebook. I was totally crapping my pants about sharing this publicly. My mind was like “But what if you don’t win? Then you’re gonna have to explain to people why you’re a stinking liar? Everyone’s gonna point fists and fingers at you and you’re gonna be the biggest fraud/loser of the century. Millennium possibly, since this one is quite young. Anyway… you suck!”.
Only because I managed to shut up this inner asshole of mine, I shared my plan on Facebook.
Only because of sharing it, people started to talk about it.
Mercedes made the video. It became real.
So to wrap this sandwich up: there’s so much you can do, just please DO SOMETHING!
I know you have dreams and goals and you might not know how to ever achieve them. But as long as you’re DOING SOMETHING, things can only get better. I’ve heard this myself so many times but now I finally feel the results. And I want you to have that too.
Give it a little time and don’t stress about it. Small steps DO go a long way. Pinky swear!
Start out by setting a clear and specific goal RIGHT NOW!
And tell me about it in the comments:
What is the one specific goal that you’re gonna make as real as the soya-latte you had this morning?
Have you consciously manifested something before?
What did you do?
Love you long time,