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Feng Shui On Steroids: Design Your Space to Achieve Your Goals

Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead.

Our inner world — emotional, mental space — helps determine our outer world, right? But the space we spend the majority of our time in also plays a huge role in our lives. It can influence our actions, our mood, and it can determine whether we remain stuck or achieve our dreams.

I want to share with you a few strategies I’ve discovered to design your space to help your achieve your goals.

I’ve been using this technique for quite some time to take advantage of my environment’s ability to help my achieve my dreams. The reason this is so effective is because when you design your space in a way that supports your dreams, you’re receiving perpetual subconscious reinforcement. So even if you design your space to reinforce a reality that does not yet exist for you, it is still effective because your environment is constantly introducing the possibility to your mind as a new reality.

There are three basic categories for engineering your space to reinforce your dreams.

  1. Identity modifiers
  2. Style and energy
  3. Specific goal reinforcement

Let’s start at the beginning…

1. General identity modifiers.

If you want to change a part of your identity, changing your space will help introduce a new trait of behavior.

Here are some examples:

These are just starting points. There are many other creative ways to implement this simple idea. While these examples are of specific traits, the techniques can be applied to any shift.

2. Influencing style and energy.

The spaces we live in can be either creative and inspiring, or dull and suffocating. Imagine the picture of a cubicle colored in mind-numbing grays, fluorescent lighting, no plants, no photos, no personality. Not exactly electrifying, is it? Now imagine a workspace that is completely you. The desk is a beautiful, sturdy wood in your favorite color. The chair is well built and comfortable. You have photos of smiling family and friends framed on your desk. The lighting is warm and inviting. It feels much different, doesn’t it?

Here are some ways you can improve the energy of your space. And in doing so, make it more inviting and likely to make you want to be there and in turn want to work there to achieve your goals.

Your imagination is your only limit.

3. Promoting specific intentions or goals.

This is really where the rubber meets the road and we get down to reinforcing specific goals, rather than general space manipulation.

Everyone says to write down your goals. That’s a good idea, but it’s much more effective when your goals are an element or a fixture of your surroundings. So the idea is simple, figure out what your most important intentions or goals are. Choose no more than five or six. Now place them somewhere in your space that will be constantly visible.

Here are a few ways you can do this:



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