I went from being a doubter to a believer. It seems like such a simple concept now. But I had never really considered the power of my thoughts until I read Rhonda Byrne's book, "The Secret." I was more in a reactive state—reacting to circumstances and opportunities that appeared in my life instead of creating those circumstances and opportunities. Sure, I hoped for the best but I also feared the worst, and when "the worst" materialized, I thought it was just by chance. In some ways, I felt that planning for the worst was a logical way of approaching life and a good way to hedge risk.
I didn't realize that focusing on my fears and doubting my ability to achieve my goals actually could result in my fears and doubts becoming my reality. But, reading The Secret and learning about the Law of Attraction changed the way I view the world and my life.
Basically, the Secret (a.k.a. The Law of Attraction) is this: if you focus on something, ask for it, and then let go and trust that it will come to you...it will come to you. In fact, it must come to you. When I first read this, it sounded great, but I didn’t honestly believe it. I kind of thought the book was just a feel good, self-help book. The book recounts countless tales of someone asking the universe for money and then money showing up to them or someone asking the universe for their dream job and then landing that dream job the next week. I wanted to believe it. It sounded good. But, I just couldn’t allow myself to believe it. Maybe it was the “lawyer brain” in me. I thought if this were really true then why wouldn't everybody be doing this? Why wouldn't everybody be using the power of intention to create their dream life? I finished the book, but then I dropped it. It was too good to be true.
But days after finishing the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What if I really did have the power to turn my thoughts into my reality? So, I tested it. Before I went to bed, I wrote on a piece of paper, “I want a free cup of coffee.” I folded the paper and put it on my nightstand. The next day, I had forgotten about the note. I woke up, had a busy morning at the law firm, and met a client for lunch. We finished up lunch and paid the bill. Right as we were about to walk out, it started pouring rain. We decided to wait it out a bit. Then, the waitress came to us and said, “Y’all can’t go out in that rain! How about a free cup of coffee while you sit here and wait?” This moment changed my life. I started to believe that my thoughts really could become things.
Using The Law of Attraction.
What you think about, talk about, believe strongly about and feel intensely about, you will bring about. The concept is simple, and it is not new.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.” - Albert Einstein
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” -Gandhi
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” - Buddha
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” - Carl Jung
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8
Are you ready to get started using the Law of Attraction in your life?
Step 1: Ask for what you want, not for what you don’t want.
Step 2: Believe that you will get what you want and take action to get there.
Step 3: Let go, trust & receive.
Using the Law of Attraction in your life takes some study and practice. I cover each step in separate articles on this website. If you are skeptical, there are many published works on the scientific proof for the Law of Attraction. This infographic covering the Top 3 Scientific Studies on the Law of Attraction from Mindvalley and this article from the Huffington Post are especially interesting to me. I also highly recommend the following books:
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
- E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield