Vex King is social media influencer, writer, mind coach and lifestyle entrepreneur. Through his popular Instagram account @VexKing Vex has become an inspiration for thousands of young people. He started the Good Vibes Only (#GVO) movement to help others use the power of positivity to transform themselves and their lives into something greater.
I first became aware of his book Good Vibes, Good Life after West Ham signed Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United in January.
Lingard is a footballer who has really fallen under the radar over the last couple of years. He was a key part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup semi-final England team in summer 2018, but has hardly made any Premier League appearances for Manchester United over the last season and a half. There are reports of issues in his private life having an impact on this but it wasn’t widely reported and I haven’t gone digging for more information.
However, he has arrived at West Ham with a real spring in his step, scoring four goals in six appearances, including two on his debut against Aston Villa as well as the winner against Tottenham, picking up a nomination for February’s player of the month award along the way. As a lifelong West Ham fan, I’m desperate for that loan deal to be made permanent at the end of the season.
I’d seen Lingard post photos to his Instagram stories of Good Vibes, Good Life and he cited it as a source of inspiration in a recent interview. After seeing the interview combined with his high levels of positivity both on the football pitch and through social media it is safe to say I wanted to experience some of this for myself, so I ordered the book.
Good Vibes, Good Life
Simply put, the book is about the law of attraction and the law of vibration.
The law of attraction states we can attract the things we want in our lives by committing our thoughts to them. Which sounds simple but it also applies for the things we don’t want, so basically, whatever we focus on will be returned to us.
In order to reap the true benefits of the law of attraction it is incredibly important to think about what we do want, instead of what we would rather be without – the law of attractions places a great emphasis on positive thinking.
The law of vibration, when used correctly, corresponds perfectly with the law of attraction and will see us soak up all the positivity in our day to day lives.
But how does the law of vibration work I hear you ask?
The Law of Vibration states that everything in the Universe moves and vibrates – everything is vibrating at one speed or another. Nothing rests. Everything you see around you is vibrating at one frequency or another – including yourself.
Take a moment to think about the lyrics to Beach Boys hit ‘Good Vibrations’ – ‘I’m picking up good vibrations, she’s giving me excitations.’
Throughout the rest of the book Vex King talks about how we can increase the positivity of our vibration by being mindful of what we do with our day to day lives, who we surround ourselves with and what we eat and drink etc.
He then adds that by boosting the vibrations we send out we attract more of that positivity into our lives, such as stronger relationships and health benefits due to what we eat and drink.
While reading the book I applied it’s meaning to some moments in my life where I was sending out good vibrations as well as bad ones and true to the law of attraction, similar vibrations were returned to me.
Twelve months ago
Starting with the most recent example of a highly negative time in my life. Twelve months ago I was back in therapy because of a number of things, but it was mainly as a result of the last of respect I was given by one of my colleagues at the time.
Just like the rest of us in the pre pandemic world, I would typically spend more hours of the day at the office than I would at home or in the company of my family and friends. Due to the lack of respect I was given when there by this particular person I hated being there, and with that hatred I was generating bad vibrations.
At the same time this was going on for me, the entire country and large parts of the world were in the early stages of a public health crisis as lockdown seemed not only inevitable but over due.
This year’s Cheltenham Festival serves as a reminder of one of my last days in a full office, where I was writing copy of the day’s big talking points, with the big one being should it be going ahead? the benefit of hindsight telling us definitely not.
I was sending out bad vibrations because of my personal situation which were compounded with the negativity atmosphere surrounding all of us. And because of this I was receiving bad vibrations back in return. I endured exam failure, financial woes and fallings out with some friends.
We all know what happened next. Boris Johnson announced national lockdown and things haven’t been the same since.
Although there is still some way to go until total normality the vaccine rollout is something to be truly optimistic about.
As for my personal struggles twelve months ago, I haven’t seen the culprit since and know I never will again. During the abundance of alone time I’ve naturally had because of living by myself during lockdown I’ve been able to focus on all the important things to me and I’ve since passed all of my exams, sorted my finances out and amended damaged relationships.
All in all, I’m sending out good vibrations, I’m just playing the waiting game until restrictions are lifted to receive them.
Six years ago
Ending on a high, Monday marked six years since I flew out of the country on my first backpacking trip which would see me visit Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
I never had a fear in the world that I wouldn’t have the time of my life on that first backpacking trip.
From the moment I walked through security at Heathrow Airport I knew all I had in front of me was three months of freedom. I knew I had enough money saved and that I had a perfect balance of experiences lined up mixed with spontaneity to ensure I wouldn’t have a dull moment.
What I was blissfully unaware of was that I was sending out good vibrations on a level I’d never experienced before and in doing so I created friendships with people from all corners of the world who I’m still in contact with and try to see today when possible.
And, just like all successful Hollywood blockbusters, it was swiftly followed by two sequels in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Good Vibes, Good Life
I hung up my backpack for good after my 2017 trip.
In the years since I have tried to emulate the positive feeling I had throughout that trip in everything I do.
However, maintaining that level of positivity is impossible. There are so many external factors that have their say, you only have to look at the Coronavirus pandemic for an example of that.
That said, my biggest takeaway from reading Good Vibes, Good Life was that I could read about the laws of attraction and law of vibrations and have life experience of both which is something I will remain mindful of going forward.
I highly recommend reading the books and you can order it here – Good Vibes, Good Life
Vex King has a new book out next month called ‘Healing is the new high’ which you can order here – Healing Is The New High
Having spent a lot of my mental health journey healing it is certainly a book I will be reading this once it’s released on April 13th.
2021 London Marathon
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