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What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Visualization + Our Desires

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What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Visualization + Our Desires

There are few things I love more than Harry Potter.

Photo is my own, but please feel free to share. Our apartment in Rome, Italy was across a narrow, cobblestone treet from the Roman Forum. We could touch the wall of the Forum just by stepping 10 feet from our door. So unforgettable!

Photo is my own, but please feel free to share. Our apartment in Rome, Italy was across a narrow, cobblestone treet from the Roman Forum. We could touch the wall of the Forum just by stepping 10 feet from our door. So unforgettable!

Go ahead. Judge away! I’m not ashamed.

The stories are so creative and beautiful. I could spend hours curled up reading the series by JK Rowling again and again. I even brought Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets with us to Italy (where I just returned from celebrating my 30th birthday!) for those nights I knew we'd be up adjusting from jetlag.

Truthfully, there are many #truthbombs that come out of the stories. Many of the most famous quotes float around on the internet. Or if you're a true Pottermore Member/Potterhead, you know them by heart already, honestly.

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Dumbledore -

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Dumbledore -

"You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” -Ginny Weasley -

And a personal favorite.

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

- Anyone who was ever able to see the complete Marauder’s Map -

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But the thing I’m thinking more specifically of is found over and over again within the stories. 

It’s the Patronus Charm.

This special spell is used by those who wish to be protected against the Dementors - beings who are able to suck the happiness and soul out of humans. The Patronus, when cast, can bring warmth and light, warding off Dementors when strong enough.

The Patronus Charm works by thinking of the happiest of memories for each individual, visualizing that memory fully, tapping into the warm, fuzzy, butterfly feelings brought on by the memory, and then holding it in your mind.

Let's break that down, because it's really not that different from what we must do in every day life.

  1. Find the happy, aka the WHY/WHAT
  2. Focus on the emotion... THE EMOTIONS!
  3. Visualize + hold that emotion in your mind
  4. Keep it there to shield you from negativity (your own and others')

This is not much different from the type of mindset work you MUST do for yourself in order to thrive as an entrepreneur, and especially as a service-based ladyboss (like a coach or consultant or creative). The ability to put up your shield from negativity is essential to feeling grounded, inspired and energized. 

The difference is that you’ll think of that dream you have that lights you up.

It’s that thing that your Intuition whispers in your ear every day, when you let her.

  • What makes your heart beat faster?
  • What would you do if money and time were no object?
  • How would you FEEL?

THAT is the feeling and the dream we strive to hold on to when we have that idea for our business forming in our mind. It’s that feeling you have when you get so excited you want to put everything in motion and just friggin' go for it already. 

The key is to focus entirely on what you feel when you think of that desire, even during the ups and the downs. This will shield you from worry, negativity and doubt. It'll help you succeed and drive forward, but it's a strength you'll have to cultivate and practice at every day - just like Harry did. As he practiced more, his Patronus got stronger.

I schedule 20 minutes every morning to work on mindset work. Journaling, saying my mantras out loud over and over, making sure I'm in the best place mentally before I begin the day.

It's time to put up your shield and start working toward your dream.

EXPECTO PATRONUM! 

Source: Harry Potter Wiki

Source: Harry Potter Wiki

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How Harry Helped Me Get Over My Fear of Public Speaking

When I was young I hated reading aloud in class. I dreaded when my teacher would tell us we were going to do Popcorn Reading. While I actually could read and write very, very well, when I had to read aloud in front of anyone I would stutter, blush and sound like I couldn't read at all.

Queue: EYE ROLL.

Really, I had a terrible fear of speaking in front of the class or any strangers (in large or small groups) for a very long time.

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I couldn't talk to a boy without my face fully blushing until I graduated college.

 

Reading Harry Potter changed all of that. While I had always devoured books silently, often reading through the night, JK Rowling's works really had me thoroughly enjoying every second. I was, and am, in awe of her ability to be so creative. It still stuns me.

When I had Finn, I knew exactly what I would read aloud to him. He's only 14 months old and already I have so much fun using all different voices and accents to tell him the story so that it's truly entertaining. This did a tremendous thing for me... without me realizing it; it helped me get over my fear of public speaking.

You're told over and over again how you'll "grow out of things" or that it'll "get easier". And for new parents, you're constantly told "having a baby changes everything." [EYE ROLL.] This was one thing that changed for me, that I grew out of, that got easier. It may not be a room full of people who I'm reading aloud to, but at least it's a start.

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