Learn About The Focus Point That Celebrity Kevin Hart Uses To Achieve His Dreams

Many successful people are applying the Design Your Home for Success principles without even knowing it and they are achieving incredible results in their lives. You can apply this process to any area of your life in which you want to achieve success.

Kevin Hart is one of the most successful comedians in showbiz at the moment and he credits his success to his drive. His daily dose of motivation comes from Focus Point Anchors that he set with powerful intention. In the quote from his interview with Oprah, Kevin mentions that he has large images of people that motivate and inspire him on the walls in his house and he acknowledges them daily when he walks down his stairs:

“You look at Jay Z, Tom Perry, Puff; you’re looking at people who started off with a small vision and that vision manifested beyond expectation.

So what I did was from the people around me, my mentors Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Prior, who are all on the walls. I surround myself with a constant reminder of who’s great. Constantly! I come down these stairs each day and I look at Richard; he was great. I see Eddie; he was great. I see Chris Rock; he was great. It’s a constant reminder. . . . It comes from focus.”

—Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” show, 2014 

Kevin takes a moment each morning to acknowledge his Focus Point Anchors and the mentors who motivate and inspire him. He uses these photos to connect to success and motivation in Career/Passion and Finance/Lifestyle.

A Focus Point Anchor refers to objects, colors or images that represent a particular result, vibe or feeling that you want to experience.

You may have tried placing sticky notes around your home to remind you to do certain things like take the trash out or to pick up the groceries. But did you know that objects and images in your home can represent your future dreams and goals and actually help you achieve those results?

When you look at the photos, magazine covers, book covers, wall images, artwork on your walls and the objects in your home, you want to reflect on what each one says about you and your life. Focus Points are powerful Anchors as they showcase what you are aspiring to in every area of your life. They help remind you about something you want to achieve or feel in your life. Taking responsibility for this Anchor will help you focus on specific goals and outcomes in your life and how those results make you feel.

Books and magazines are some of the most important focus points. If you have a book on your shelf with a title that reads, Alone Again, One More Time, what do you think you’re inviting into your life? Here’s a good rule when considering books: If you wouldn’t stick the title of a book, magazine or newspaper on your fridge as an affirmation then you should get rid of it.

You can use Focus Point Anchors to connect you to a result you want to achieve in any area of your life.

 

ANCHOR EXERCISE

Think of one Focus Point Anchor you can display right now to connect you to a result you want to achieve in your life. Here are a few examples of Focus Point Anchors you could display right now:

Career/Passion
Taking inspiration from Kevin Hart, you could display a bio of a mentor who inspires you on your coffee table or next to your bed.

Finance/Lifestyle
Display an architecture magazine highlighting a house design you dream of having or a vintage world globe on a side table to represent exciting travel adventures.

Health/Wellbeing
Display a framed photo of yourself looking fit, healthy and happy in your home is a great Focus Point Anchor for the health and wellbeing you deserve.

Relationships
I am a huge fan of displaying framed photos of people you love in your life on your walls and side tables.

Peace Of Mind 
A beautiful candle with a relaxing scent you love is a must in the bedroom or bathroom when you are trying to wind down and relax.

Think about what Focus Point Anchor you could display in your home. What result does the Focus Point connect you to? For more tips and details on the Design Your Home For Success process go to our resource page at www.mindspacedesign.com/resources.

A Beginner’s Guide to a Winning Home Vibe

Consider your normal day-to-day experiences in the outside world: noisy traffic, bad weather, loud and crowded environments, negative media and advertising, steel and cement, badly lit work environments, annoying people in line at the bank or supermarket, and a barrage of colors and smells.

Many of these daily interactions have a negative impact on how you feel and ultimately influence your own personal vibe and what you are experiencing in your daily life. Ever had a bad day that just keeps getting worse? The vibe you are giving off is aligning you with more of the same. That’s why when you go on vacation your vibe changes and you become more attractive and approachable to others.

You do have control, however, over one environment and fortunately, that’s where you spend a lot of time. That environment is your HomeSpace. You can take responsibility for how it looks, feels, smells, sounds and the kind of vibe you want to create there for you and your guests.

Think of your HomeSpace as a docking station that you come back to each day to recharge and get reconnected to who you are, and what you want your future life experience to be like.

HOW TO PICK UP ON A VIBE

We are constantly checking out the vibe of people and environments around us. Whether you are deciding if you like the vibe of someone you are meeting or you are checking out the vibe of a nightclub or house party you and your friends are deciding to stay at, you do a vibe check in seconds.

The billionaire Richard Branson said ‘I make up my mind about whether I can trust someone within 60 seconds of meeting them.’ Like Richard, we all do a vibe check effortlessly and naturally, you may not even know you’re doing it.

For example, think about a place you’ve been that had a real impact on the way you felt (either a positive or negative experience). Maybe it was an amazing cathedral, a cold sterile hospital room, a beautiful hotel room or a dank basement.

What was it about that space that affected you? Was it the size, how it was furnished, the color, what it reminded you of or how it smelled? How did the space make you feel?

Personally, every time I visit a hospital I feel cold and uncomfortable, and that feeling stays with me for a while after I leave. The feeling or vibe you experience from a space influences not only how you feel, but ultimately the vibe that you begin to give off as a result.

6 TIPS FOR CREATING A WINNING VIBE AT HOME

We at MindSpaceDesign define vibe as the emotional feeling one gets from another person, place, object or experience.
By now, you understand that your HomeSpace gives off a very powerful vibe that is affecting you every day. Oddly enough it’s easier for us to pick up on the vibe of someone else’s HomeSpace rather than our own. It’s because we have been living in our home environment for a long time and we get used to it. The quickest way to change the vibe of a home is to change the objects and elements within it. Likewise, as the vibe of the home changes, the vibe of each person living there will change as well.

6 ways to immediately shift the vibe in your home:

  1. Remove clutter so that countertops are clean and every item has its place, either out of sight or on display.
  2. Use versatile lighting and dimmer switches to match the various moods you’d like to create. Nothing kills a vibe faster than feeling forced into a dim room when you want bright, energizing light, or attempting a romantic dinner or intimate conversation in an overlit space.
  3. Get your files, photos and records in order. Organize and edit the paperwork and photos that you have been putting off sorting. Get rid of any extra photos or paper trail.
  4. Get rid of negative HomeSpace headlines. If a book, magazine, or piece of artwork makes a negative statement or assumes a negative state (“How to Start Over After a Broken Heart, Again”) then it is definitely lowering your vibe. It’s amazing how many people keep gossip magazines and newspapers on display in their home. Rid your home of anything that doesn’t present a positive message that makes you feel hopeful, inspired and appreciated. If you wouldn’t put the title or headline on your fridge, it can go.
  5. Have a garage sale. Make a donation. Feel good about letting go of the things you don’t need and don’t use because they’re going to a place where people need them. The tax write off doesn’t hurt either. (Most clothing and item donation locations offer a tax deduction for the value of the item). Remember the secret to de-cluttering is considering what you keep. The objects and elements in your home are there to help you raise your vibe and connect with your future LifeVision.
  6. Ask a friend whose opinion you trust, and whose home taste you admire, for their honest opinion about your home and how it makes them feel. Be open to their response. Ask them to tell you: if they could change one or two things about your home to make it feel more inviting and warm to them, what would they be? Are there any colors, items or furnishings in your home that need to be removed?

It doesn’t matter which tip you pick – if you do it, you’ll feel a noticeable difference in your home. Do all 6 and you will be well on your way to a winning home vibe. Remember your home’s vibe is influencing your life experience every day.

It amazes me when I visit friends’ homes and find strange and unusual things on display. I had one friend who had a real human skeleton hanging on a pole in their living room and another friend who had a straight jacket hanging in the toilet. Amazingly enough they can always justify why the item is there, ‘I had it since college’ or ‘ It’s just for fun,’ but ask yourself what vibe is that item creating in your home?

These are extreme examples. Can you think of a friend’s home you visited, perhaps for the first time, were there any unusual things on display and what one or two things would you change about their HomeSpace to help improve the vibe? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Perfect Lighting for The Home To Light Up Your Life

As a photographer I understand how important lighting is, not only to create a mood, but also help people look their best.

Many stores, government offices, bars and restaurants employ lighting schemes that are so uncomplimentary they are almost off-putting. When I think about lighting up a room, I regard the room as painting, with light to highlight certain features and details, much like the way I light up a face in photography. I approach the room like I had a paintbrush and I was painting with light.

Think of the lighting in your HomeSpace as a magical layer. I am a big fan of dimmer switches because I love the option to turn those featured light elements lower to create a mood. If a restaurant is overlit I won’t go back, no matter how great the food is. There is nothing more uninviting that an overlit room. Anywhere. You deserve to enjoy a great meal and look good doing it. Would you want to live in a 7-Eleven? Exactly…You want to make your HomeSpace, your guests and yourself look great, and too much light isn’t going to bring sexy back.
Lighting is a three-layer consideration:

  1. The first layer is what I refer to as ambient light. This is a nice, even light that allows you to see the overall space and can be achieved by soft interior lamplight, diffused wall sconces, recessed lighting or a hanging ceiling light source with a soft shade or cover.
  2. The second layer is the accent lighting that highlights architectural details, artwork, wall textures and colors, and any points of interest you want to feature in a room. Think of this as painting the room with light to add dimension, interest and detail. These lights can be recessed or track lights, wall sconces, spotlights, track lighting, LED rope or tape light, up lights set in the floor and certain lamps.
  3. The third light layer is task or work lighting, used for areas that you need to illuminate so you can see what you are doing. Areas like your wardrobe, bathroom mirror, inside closets and cabinets, kitchen preparation areas, pantries, reading areas, your office desk and outside your front door and entryway.

It’s important to note that some lights can serve a dual purpose and act as two layers of lighting at the same time. For instance, downlights can be used for general illumination (ambient) and accent lighting. Similarly a wall sconce can provide accent and task lighting.

Beyond the three-level lighting scheme that you are creating, there’s the option to bring in a fourth layer, achieved with an open flame. Tea-light votives and pillar or scented candles add a magical touch to any room. Lanterns with pillar candles or bulbs offer a beautiful light and interior feature. Another light source, if you are lucky enough to have it, is a fireplace. Much like candlelight, a flickering fire adds a special warm glow to any room.

Lighting is a great way to highlight Anchors in your HomeSpace, and the lighting fixtures themselves may be considered Anchors. In your entryway, for example, a beautiful hanging light or table lamp makes a wonderful first impression. Consider the function as well as the style of the lights you choose for your HomeSpace.

How do you plan to use lighting in your HomeSpace? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

How Wall Color Can Get You a Beach House & Other Color Design Tips

Playing with color to create an inspiring HomeSpace can be exciting or daunting depending on how confident you feel. Remember this is about how the colors in your HomeSpace make you feel and how they can become Anchors for your LifeVision.

I recently visited a friend’s city apartment and asked him what his dream was. He replied that it was to own a beach house one day and live right on the ocean. My friend’s face lit up describing this beautiful LifeVision. I was surprised to find the color blue was nowhere to be seen in his apartment—something he hadn’t considered. Color can dramatically affect your mood and is an essential Anchor for your future LifeVision.

Feeling and Color

The colors around you affect the way you feel. It’s that simple. This in turn affects your vibe. When time came for me to choose colors for my upstate lake house, I asked myself, “Okay, this is my living room. How do I want to feel in this space? I want to feel calm and relaxed. I also want to create a vibe that feels inviting, cozy and intimate.”

Next, what natural setting causes me to feel this way? For me, it’s a forest landscape blanketed in snow. Therefore the color scheme I take inspiration from will be forest green, brown, grey, black and white. Simple.

How To Pick a Color Palette for Any Room

Choosing the color for your HomeSpace can be much simpler than designers make it. Often people start with questions like “What’s the right shade of white?” Instead, the question you should ask is “How do I want to feel in this space?” Starting with that question will help you draw inspiration from all of your favorite places.

The HomeSpace color design principle is all about keeping it simple. In three steps you can pick a color palette for each room in your HomeSpace that will help connect you to your own LifeVision.

  1. Choose the feeling you want to experience in the room and consider what natural landscape inspires you to feel that way.
  2. With that landscape in mind, pick the dominant and complementary colors.
  3. Select the accent colors.

Start choosing your color scheme by considering the furnishings and large room elements you already have, as they tend to be more expensive than the paint that you will be testing. It’s easier and cheaper to change paint than to change all your furniture.

When you are deciding on color in your HomeSpace, think about the flow from one room to the next. This helps link the home in terms of a cohesive style, color scheme and story. From that foundation you can consider the color options for each room separately, depending on what mood and feeling you are trying to create. When in doubt, keep the walls light and neutral and bring in color with accent elements like curtains, pillows, throws, rugs and art. If you are happy with the color scheme in your HomeSpace then reflect on a natural setting you love that these colors bring to mind. This will re-inspire the way you see that color.

Typically there are three dominant colors used in each room’s color scheme, distributed in a 60-30-10 percent ratio:

  1. A dominant or main color usually used on the walls or the furniture (as a rule this should be roughly 60 percent of the given space)
  2. A secondary color which is the second most dominant color in the room (should represent roughly 30 percent of the space)
  3. An accent color used to add pops of color and points of interest to the space (roughly 10 percent of the color scheme)—things like decorative objects, books, architectural details, cushions or throws

You can use accent objects that have different patterns as long as they are the same color or complementary shade. Plan one room at a time and remember the color scheme for your HomeSpace must to be one you love and feel inspired by.

Getting Kids Clutter Under Control

Many people who could have a clutter-free beautiful HomeSpace cry out with frustration, “Our kids’ stuff is all over the house and I can’t deal with it.” Kids can pose a challenge for people trying to create an organized home they love.

I grew up in a household where my Mum had us trained to put away our stuff and help out with the household chores. As the oldest son, I watched myself and my four siblings abide by her house rules and that became part of our daily routine. My mother’s house-proud dedication and my two sisters who have kids have helped me understand how to tackle the kids’ clutter.

I spent four years making a documentary film about the sexual health of American teens to help parents and the community understand the importance of comprehensive education and communication. What I discovered working on this project is that youth are not the problem; they reflect of the environment they grow up in and the education they are given. We as adults in the community have to ensure youth get the support and education they need to make smart choices. The same approach goes for kids at home. They are not the problem; they are the product of whatever education, training, discipline and examples we set for them. Putting time and energy into educating your kids with these guidelines will benefit both you and your kids later.

My Mum-Inspired Tips for Taking Charge of Kids’ Clutter:

  1. Power Purge. When it comes to tackle the kids’ rooms follow the same guidelines set out in the de-cluttering section. Tackle the kids’ toys all at once, then the clothes, then papers, etc. Get all the items from each category out on display on the bed or floor. Let them keep what they love and play with regularly, then get rid of the rest by donating them straight away.
  2. Keep toys based on the size of the storage area you have. Keep some space around the toys. Don’t allow them to fill, stuff and clutter the storage areas.
  3. Contain the kids’ things by storing them in one area in the house, preferably the kids’ rooms. Keep similar objects together in the same bin and label it clearly, i.e., soft toys, blocks, etc. (for younger kids use pictures as labels rather than words). Use open bins and boxes that wear well and are easy for kids to access. If you have kids of different ages sharing a room make sure they each have their own bins. Choose bins with a complementary style, shape and color scheme for the room. If kids play in the living room, use woven cane or natural materials so the bins look great stylistically. For kids’ clothes, keep the same garment types together when storing them in drawers and closets. A basket at the front door is a great place to contain kids’ shoes.
  4. Designate areas and times for playtime. If you have a spare room you can designate as the playroom, it removes play from the bedroom which is for sleeping. If your kids play in the living room, the toys need to be packed away by the kids (with parents helping the little ones at the start) so you can have a clutter-free adult time in the evening. Use storage bins that look good and suit the style of the room.
  5. Sort and clean as you go. When new toys arrive, remove older toys. Have a purge plan, especially around holidays. Go through the same process of bringing out all the toys to see what has to go. A change of season is a good time to check the clutter. For clothes, you might have a fun “fashion show” with the kids so they can try on clothes and see what looks great and what needs to go.
  6. Buy better, buy less. Instead of buying a stack of cheap presents consider buying a better quality gift that will last. Pass this idea on to your family. In my family we do a secret Santa for each sibling and each of my nine nieces and nephews. One higher value gift is bought by each of my siblings for one other sibling (with names drawn out of a hat), and then we buy a present for one niece or nephew. It’s a great tradition and we always get something we love that has more value and lasts longer.
  7. Teach your kids how to help early. Cleaning is a family activity, not something you need to be doing for your kids or using as a punishment. As a young child I was taught to not only put my things away after I finished playing with them but also to help with household chores like taking out the trash and washing up. These were my household family responsibilities. This is hard at the beginning but it works, and it’s well worth the effort. Using a creative story when they are young really helps. For example, “Toys have a home too and each night they need to go home.” Giving kids a chance to earn a small allowance when they are old enough is also a consideration. My sister uses a blackboard in the kitchen to list chores and offer age-appropriate rewards like pocket money, an experience or an outing.
  8. Healthy habits. When you take the extra time to engage your kids at an early age to perform simple tasks (like making their bed each morning, picking up after themselves and contributing), they will benefit from these healthy habits later in life as they take on more responsibility. Consider storing items the kids use in the kitchen, such as plastic plates and utensils, at their level.
  9. Value. As tempting as it is to buy things for kids just to shut them up and keep them happy it’s not the best long-term solution. Helping kids to value what they have is a great life lesson and aligns with the philosophy of this book. Resist the temptation to buy them everything they ask for and buy them less stuff. This isn’t about depriving them; it’s about teaching them to value what they have. This allows you to buy them a few valuable things instead of a lot of cheaper items that won’t last.
  10. Breathe. Your kids aren’t perfect so accept that messes will happen. Don’t be too hard on yourself if some days it gets out of control. At times taking a deep, slow breath is the best answer (that and a glass of wine). Just make sure the mess doesn’t stay there when the kids are done playing. At the end of the day, patiently reinforce the house rules.

This approach worked for me and my four loud, crazy siblings, and it can work for your household too. Let me know the results in the comments below as you start to give a few of these a try!

De-Cluttering Mistakes And Mishaps

Here are some common mistakes I see people make when attempting to de-clutter their home:

Mistake #1: Move it Out of Sight

One way people mistakenly deal with clutter is to put it behind a closed door or store it away so it’s out of sight and out of mind. But storage doesn’t actually solve a problem; it just puts it somewhere else. You see, many items we have in our homes are negative triggers or what I call negative Anchors to our past and therefore represent fear of change and the future. Clutter in general is a negative Anchor.

Mistake #2: Not Asking Simple Questions

When you consider each item in your home ask yourself, “Does this item add value to my vibe?” In other words, does it bring you happiness and help connect you to your future LifeVision? Don’t make the mistake of ignoring this important question when considering items to get rid of.
Mistake #3: De-Cluttering A Bit At a Time
I don’t believe you can just tidy up a little bit or remove one thing a day and get the job done properly, so avoid these approaches. They are not drastic enough and won’t have a lasting impact on your HomeSpace (or your life). The bottom line is before you can get your life in order you need to get your HomeSpace in order. De-cluttering is an action necessary to create a healthy HomeSpace rather than a result. It’s like preparing to cook a delicious meal. You must first have fresh produce, clean utensils, pots and pans before you start to cook.

What mistakes have you made in attempting to clear out clutter? How will you do it differently this time? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts in the comments below!

How To Get Your Life Out of the Clutter

When life starts looking down, a quick way to get it back on track is to get it out of the clutter.

Clearing away the clutter in your HomeSpace is not a new concept, but it’s one that is a crucial starting point for opening up to new possibilities and positive change in your life. Think of it much the same way you would a diet. You need to remove the unhealthy foods and habits and bring in the healthy stuff. The difference with this version of spring cleaning is that you will consider it for your MindSpace, as well as your HomeSpace. Limiting beliefs and fears from your past clutter your MindSpace and hold you back from living your ultimate LifeVision.

Clutter in your HomeSpace is basically anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t have space for. It also includes any elements, objects or images that represent a negative memory from your past. I call these negative Anchors as they act as subconscious triggers to that past memory.

Storage units might seem like a viable option for all our extra stuff. The garage, attic or parent’s houses are places to put our stuff that won’t actually cost us a storage fee.

But the reality is it is costing us something; it’s filling up our homes and our lives with objects that link us to a very low vibe. In other words objects we don’t use, enjoy or love aren’t making us feel happier in our HomeSpace and aren’t helping us raise our vibe.

Most objects in your HomeSpace have meaning and provide an opportunity to connect you to a higher vibe. When you have a higher vibe in your home you are setting yourself up for success in your life. Even the juicer you use daily connects you to your Health/Wellbeing, so it’s contributing to your LifeVision. Similarly, your running shoes connect you to your LifeVision’s vibe by allowing you to exercise and feel healthy.

So approach getting rid of clutter by asking one simple question: Does this item help raise my vibe and help me connect to the life I really want to be living?

When every item in your HomeSpace has a positive “vibe value” to you then you are living in a HomeSpace that features only things you use, love and enjoy. The result comes when you consider what you will keep versus what you will throw away. That simple choice changes your perspective.

So let me ask a few simple questions:

  • Take a look around your HomeSpace. Does it feel clean and uncluttered to you? Ask yourself, if this space was your MindSpace how would it function? How would it feel?
  • Do you (like most of us) think you have too much stuff in your HomeSpace?
  • Would living in a clean tidy environment help you feel better about your home? About your life?
  • When you imagine living your ultimate life experience do you see yourself living in a beautiful, clean, clutter-free home?
  • Are you willing to commit to de-cluttering your HomeSpace, featuring only the things you use, enjoy and love in it? Really?

I added “Really?” after the last question because many of us have attachments to our stuff and create excuses around why we can’t keep our HomeSpace in order.

Give some thought to these questions and then let us know what you plan to do to get your life out of the clutter.

Why your home is holding you in the past

When you put your home together, you create an environment that is based on what is going on for you at that particular point of time in your life. The things that you chose to include in your home continue to influence you on a subconscious level today. For example, if you bought a particular item when you were struggling financially that item is subconsciously connecting you back to that time, making it a negative anchor which needs to be removed.

When you fill your home with the best of your past and the things you aspire for the future it becomes future focused, helping you move forward to what you want, versus holing you back in the past.

How To Create a Better Sounding Home

Whether you are in your HomeSpace, your car or running around with your headphones on, music can add an incredible layer and really help lift your mood and your vibe, whatever you are doing.

Think about a movie that you love. The soundtrack adds an incredible layer that pulls at your heartstrings or gets you excited. After directing a film and several television commercials I realize how important music is behind the visual imagery. It’s the same with your own life.

When you create a playlist consider what its purpose will be and title it accordingly. Here are some examples of my playlists:

  • Sunday Morning—Jazz mix and acoustic guitar for an easy start to my Sunday.
  • Cardio Combo—When I need to exercise my favorite upbeat tracks helps get me going. When in doubt go for Disco!
  • Atmosphere—When I need to work a mix of easy listening tracks with and without vocals helps motivate me without distracting me.
  • Cocktail Hour—Sunset drinks in the afternoon to get the party going. I like to add some Latin tracks to this mix.
  • Dinner Mix—Cool classics like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra also some Miles Davis jazz.

Okay, so you may not like my personal music taste but you get the idea. The soundtrack titles speak for themselves and when you put the mix on, shuffling the music offers up a different song order.

The goal with a playlist is to have a consistent tone and level to the music so you keep the mood and vibe going. I’m always amazed when I go to a dinner party and there is no music playing in the background. Slight changes in the music’s pace and tone are fine, but when there is a dramatic difference between tracks (for example, a Hip Hop track in your Relaxation mix or a Classical track in your Party mix) it will disrupt the moment and break your connection to that experience. It’s worth taking the time to craft consistent themed playlists that offer a perfect background layer to any occasion.

Think of your life as a series of scenes in a movie and you get to choose the soundtrack for it. Make sure your playlist is long enough to last for the entire occasion.

Did this spark any ideas for playlists you want to create? Have any that you already love and use? Share your experience and ideas in the comments below!

How your kitchen can improve your finances

Using touch point anchors in your kitchen is a simple way to connect you to the financial abundance you desire. Your home should represent where you’ve been and where you want to go, which means getting rid of any old, ripped dish clothes, paper napkins, chipped glass wear and replacing it with higher quality products.

By doing this you acknowledge that you deserve these things, and ultimately you deserve a high quality life.