“What we think, we become.” –Buddha
“Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it. Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.” –Jim Carrey
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is one of the highest selling and most controversial self-improvement books ever. It’s the self-help bestseller that everyone was buzzing about in the late 2000’s when it had first hit the shelves.
Whether you’re a skeptic or a die-hard believer, there’s a lot to learn from this book.
If you haven’t read it yet, the “secret” is The Law Of Attraction: a law of the universe that attracts events, situations, people, places and circumstances into your life by virtue of what you’re thinking. That’s right. According to this law, everything that ever happens to you, comes into your life by virtue of your thoughts.
“Like attracts like.” And Thoughts Become Things.
Thoughts of negativity attract negativity. Thoughts of positivity attract positivity. Thoughts of failure attract failure. Thoughts of success attract success. Depressed thoughts attract depressed situations. Happy thoughts attract happy circumstances. Angry thoughts attract angry events.
Whether you believe that to be true or not, The Secret delivered a very valuable message to the world when it was released in 2006: the only way to get what you want is by thinking about it first.
Nothing ever gets accomplished in life without positive thinking.
Positive thinking isn’t the only step you have to take to find success. Ten thousand hours of dedicated, disciplined, and diligent hard work is also part of the process. But, with that in mind, positive thinking is always the starting point for every single accomplishment in the world.
If you want to run a company, own a restaurant, purchase real estate, become a millionaire, buy an island, marry the man or woman of your dreams, run a marathon, or write a best-seller, you first have to think about those desires first. That’s The Law Of Attraction. You have to think good thoughts to attract good things into your life.
Since I definitely don’t believe thinking good thoughts is the only step you need to take to find success, the following are my 3 Ways To Use The Law Of Attraction To Your Advantage:
#1- Write Down All Of Your Deepest Desires And Focus On What You Want
Positive thinking is always the first step to success. No matter what you want to accomplish, it can’t take place unless you begin with a positive mindset.
As I explained in November 11th blog post from earlier this year, The Secret To Getting What You Want: Goal-Setting, Goal-setting is the fuel behind every invention, accomplishment, achievement, or victory in the history of mankind. Literally every accomplishment that we know and love started as an idea, a concept, a vision, a desire, an ambition, or a goal floating around in the back of someone’s mind.
So to receive your deepest desires, you first have to get crystal clear on what you want. The only way to attract the circumstances, places, people, and events that you truly desire into your life is by thinking about them very clearly and specifically first.
To be phenomenal, you first have to start think phenomenal thoughts.
That’s what made The Secret such a valuable message for millions of people around the world—it encouraged us to get clear on what we actually want for our lives.
This might sound like common sense. But it’s not.
See, a big percentage of people live their lives on autopilot. They never fully allow themselves to think, dream, focus on, or act on their deepest dreams, desires, and visions for their lives because they’ve been trained—by either the world or themselves—to believe that what they actually want is impossible.
So the kid who actually wants to be a scuba diving coach, a professional bodybuilder, or a chef grows up to become an accountant instead. Because we’ve been trained to think that what we actually want is impossible.
So Rhonda Byrne struck gold in 2006 by publishing The Secret because she encouraged the people—like myself at the time—who were still on autopilot at the time to wake up and start visualizing their deepest dreams for their lives.
When it comes down to it, that’s the greatest gift using The Law Of Attraction can give you: it will snap you out of autopilot. It will wake you up from that mindset of repressing your true desires and give you the confidence to focus on what you actually want.
So if you haven’t done so already, break out a mobile device, a laptop, or notepad. And write down all of your deepest desires, ambitions, and goals.
Ask yourself these questions:
- If I could be anything, what career, profession, or vocation would I choose?
- If money wasn’t an issue, what would I do with my life? Where would I go? And who would I spend time with?
- If I could be anything, do anything, go anywhere, or be with anyone that I wanted without limits, what would I choose?
- What do I really want to do with my life?
Write down every single goal—no matter how outlandish or wild it might seem—you can think of. And Focus On What You Want.
#2- Don’t Just Visualize Your Goals. Work Your Butt Off Until They Come True!
Skeptics of The Secret and self-help books in general—like comedian Dave Chappelle—often point out that positive thinking is not the only step involved in getting what you want.
And I agree!
Positive thinking is definitely NOT the only step involved in success. Greatness involves a lot more than visualization. Like Jim Carrey explained in a 1997 interview on The Oprah Winfrey show: “That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and then go eat a sandwich.”
You also have to work very hard to make your goals a reality!
Greatness requires painful sacrifices—like your time, your money, your opportunities, your social life, and your negative habits. And it also demands that you put in a dedicated ten thousand hours of diligent, focused, and motivated work before you become a master at your craft.
So now that you know what your deepest desires are, give everything you got to making them come true! Don’t just visualize “and then go eat a sandwich.”
Visualize Your Goals. And then Work Your Butt Off Until They Come True!
#3- Make Gratitude Your Way Of Life!
One of the biggest takeaways I got from The Secret was the power of gratitude.
According to Rhonda Byrne, gratitude is the single most powerful way to Use The Law Of Attraction To Your Advantage: “The power of gratitude stands above everything else.
If you only do one thing with the knowledge of The Secret, use gratitude until it becomes your way of life.”
This was tough for me to understand back when I first read The Secret in 2011. But now, five years later, it makes perfect sense.
Gratitude is one of the highest, most divine, and most positive emotions there is. Expressing gratitude on a daily basis boosts your happiness, locks you into a positive mindset, promotes healthy relationships, and helps you stay resilient through painful setbacks. It’s is a proven way to attract more positive outcomes into your life.
Being grateful for what you have opens your eyes up to a whole world of opportunities that you would otherwise be blind to through a pessimistic outlook on life.
When you appreciate what you have, you’re sending a message to your friends, family, co-workers, colleagues, community, the entire world, and the universe that you deserve to have more.
Want more love, friendship, success, happiness, advancement, and accomplishment? Be grateful for what you have first. And more will find it’s way to you.
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