“Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” – John Assaraf
I’m a big movie fan and back in 2006, there was this one movie/documentary that everyone (at least in my circle) was talking about. It was a film called The Secret and believe it or not, I only got to watch this amazing piece just this year.
The movie centers around the law of attraction, a philosophy which presents the idea that focusing on positive or negative thoughts can bring about positive or negative experiences or outcomes to our lives. In short, like attracts like.
If you are into personal development and self-help, this is a gem of a movie worth keeping in your DVD library and showing your future grandchildren. Although for the most part the movie shared practical tips on how to enjoy and live our lives, there were also parts that dealt with a bit of magical belief because according to some of the resource people who shared their ideas in the interviews, the universe will find a way to make things happen if we believe and focus on the results we want to happen.
I loved this movie and in whole honesty, applying the mindset discussed in it changed my life in a positive way.
Well, remember when I told you guys how I got into this whole blogging and personal development thing?
Yes, the one where I dug myself into a deep hole called DEBT and cowardly blamed everything and everyone else except myself for getting in trouble. That was point when I realized that I need to make changes if I am going to get out of this mess.
Looking back, I realize now that the law of attraction has worked both FOR me and AGAINST me and this is how it went:
Focus on what you want more than what you don’t want
This was one of the memorable quotes Jack Canfield mentioned in the movie. Instead of dwelling on negative things that happened to you, focus on what you want instead.
When I got into debt, I was miserable. I was worried all the time and I felt helpless. What made it worse was that I somehow wanted people’s sympathy (inadvertently though) because whenever I meet a friend or colleague who asked me how I was doing, I would always tell them how we were barely getting by and how insurmountable my pile of debt was.
“Oh well, barely surviving.” was my frequent reply and if we look at that Jack Canfield quote above, I was doing the exact opposite. I was more focused on what I don’t want.
This is entirely my fault because I just can’t shut my mouth about the mess I’m going through.
If you have a problem, take your mind off it and stop talking about it with other people. Think about the ways you can get out of it and how you’re going to celebrate after you conquered this problem.
Fast fact: Don’t you find it weird that the people who always talk and worry about sickness or diseases end up getting sick themselves? Right?
One of the themes the law of attraction promotes is that if we ask and believe, that everything is possible. It states that if we badly need something and we believe whole-heartedly that it is achievable that the universe will find a way to make it happen.
Well, it all sounds like mumbo-jumbo right?
Yeah, that’s how I perceived it when I first heard it I mean come on, really? The universe?
Believe it or not, I spoke too soon.
I thought to myself, what the heck, what do I have to lose?
I began adopting this mindset after watching the movie. I started thinking and obsessing about what it’s like to finally be debt-free and what actions I can take to make it happen. I began talking less about the negative aspect of my life and always stayed happy and contented. I stopped worrying and told myself repeatedly that this will all be over and that I can make it happen soon.
Call it luck or coincidence but a series of events happened in my career that I never expected. I’m not gonna go into details but to make the story short, I’m about to cut my debt to more than half within this month.
I’m not out of the woods yet but these events spells HUGE progress in my book.
So if you’re trying to lose weight and there seems to be no progress, stop dwelling on your failures. Stop saying “I’m fat” or “I’ve done everything but nothing seems to work. I’ll never lose weight.”
Instead, think of how it would feel like to have a six-pack or how awesome it would be to fit in those bikinis just in time for the summer. Visualize it and when your passion to get to that result is strong enough, believe me, you will lose weight.
In Napoleon Hill’s best-selling book Think and Grow Rich, he said that if you want to be a millionaire, you have to visualize and imagine how it would feel like to hold a million dollars in your hand and do that everyday. Once this vision starts to get into your subconscious, all your actions from that day moving forward will be directed into reaching that goal.
This is one of the lessons taught in the movie and one of my favorite part was when John Assaraf told about his personal experience about creating a vision board.
As the story goes, in 1995 he made his vision board where he pasted pictures of all his goals and everything that he wanted to achieve in life. Five years later, they moved into their new home and when he and his son opened one of the boxes, he uncovered that vision board he created five years back and it brought him to tears when he saw the picture of the house he pasted there because it was the exact same house they have moved in.
Vision boards is just one of the ways. If you want to get your dream car someday, why not pay it a visit, test drive it, feel what it’s like to sit in those leather seats and to smell that new-car fragrance. Make these visions motivate you and inspire you to take action and realize your goals.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it now and apply the lessons it imparts because it is absolutely life-changing. Incorporate the law of attraction in your life because it really does make a big difference and again, what have you got to lose?
Over to you
What kind of energy are you attracting towards your life? Are you focused on the solutions instead of the problems?
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