The Law of Attraction. Manifestation Boards. New Thought. You′ve probably heard these buzzwords and more over the last few years, but what do they actually mean? Is it really possible to get what you want from life just by wishing hard enough for it?
The truth is no, you can′t. While it′s possible that some synchronicity does happen, it′s usually not just because you wished for something to occur. The successful people see that vision, then work hard to put the foundations under it. As the old adage goes, “The harder I work, the luckier I become.”
All′s not lost though. You should dream your dreams. Use them as a starting point, as a catalyst to motivate you into action. Just remember that a dream without action stays a wish! There are several techniques available for you to use on your way to making that goal a reality. One of them is empowered language.
Empowered language means that you really think about what you say. If someone invites you out and you say, “I can′t afford to go,” you′re making your lack of money a reality. If you′re trying to lose weight, and you say, “I′m fat,” you′re making your weight problem a reality. Your words are thoughts, given life by speaking them out loud.
The Law of Attraction says that you draw to you what you focus on. By saying things like “I can′t afford it,” or “I′m fat,” you′re making that your truth and drawing it to you. One of the fastest ways to harvest guaranteed abundance is to make sure your words are not trapping you where you don′t want to be, by changing the way that you phrase things.
Instead of saying, “I′m fat,” turn it into a positive by saying, “I′m getting healthier.” Isn′t that a better reality? Likewise, rather than saying, “I can′t afford to go,” say that it′s not a priority at the moment. It′s amazing how including the word ‘priority′ changes things. The next time you′re tempted to say, “I don′t have the money,” or “I don′t have the time,” try saying, “It′s not a priority,” and see how quickly your mindset changes!
It takes more than positive thinking and empowered language to create abundance in your life, though, and this is where many people slip up. The desire is there, sure, but they′re not willing to do the grunt work.
You can look on the bright side and hope for the best all you want, but unless you′re prepared to roll up your sleeves and let your actions speak louder than your words, little is likely to improve. This is where the Law of Attraction lets people down.
In some instances, the Law of Attraction is thrust in people′s faces when they′re working hard to improve things. Optimism is one thing, but you have to be realistic. If everyone could be healthy, wealthy, and successful just by wishing for it to happen, then why isn′t it happening?
Those who are realistic, looking for the pitfalls, as well as the potential, are called pessimistic or worse by those who just want to blindly breeze through their lives in the hopes that everything will be okay.
Let me ask you this; how successful are those bright-siders? Is their life organized, or are they still waiting for the Law of Attraction to rescue them? Most of the people who insist on bright-siding (always looking for the easiest and most favorable outcome) have bought into the idea that all they have to do to get what they want is to believe in it hard enough.
They′re not prepared to put in the work; they Law of Attraction tells them they don′t have to, right?
Wrong! The real meaning behind the Law of Attraction is that you control your thoughts and that your energy flows where those thoughts go. If you are always looking for the worst to happen, that′s what you′ll attract. If you′re always looking for the positive energy in every situation, you′ll find it. It′s got little to do with some cosmic energy, and more to do with where your own focus and priorities lie.
So what can you do to ensure that you harvest guaranteed abundance?
Know What You Want
It should go without saying, but the most important factor on the way to your success is to know what you want. If your goal is ambivalent, if you′re not certain what you wish to achieve, then you′re going to spend a lot of time spinning your wheels and leaving a trail of broken ideas and half finished projects.
Abundance comes by working through things one step at a time. Identify your biggest obstacle standing in the way of your fulfillment, then take realistic steps to remove it.
Be Realistic about Your Goals
It′s one thing to be optimistic, quite the other to be delusional. If you′re six foot three there′s little chance that you′re going to be able to be a horse jockey, no matter how much you want it. Likewise, if you can′t carry a tune in a bucket there′s not much hope that you′ll be a pop star.
However, that doesn′t mean you have to completely abandon those goals. Become a horse trainer or a record producer. Just because you can′t have your ideal position doesn′t mean you have to give up the dream entirely.
Start Where You Are
Allen Saunders once said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” You can plan your success forever, but if you′re not doing anything about it, you′re unlikely to reach your goals. Don′t wait until Monday or the New Year or your next job or whatever.
Do it now. Want to lose weight? Put down the fork now. Want to become more physically toned? Go for the walk now. Want to change jobs? Put in applications elsewhere now. You have to take the first step of the journey; the sooner you start, the sooner you′ll prosper.
Establish Positive Habits
Your old ways aren′t working for you, that′s why you are searching for new ones! You can′t expect things you′ve always done to take you in a new direction. You have to cultivate new actions to go with the new mindset. Change your routine, and show the universe that you′re prepared to let your efforts reflect your words and your thoughts in a positive way.
Hang out with People on the Same Wavelength
One of the main teachings of the Law of Attraction is that like energy attracts like energy. Start associating with people who are successful, happy, and fulfilled. Let their mindset and their motivation rub off on you. Don′t cling to old friendships or relationships out of habit.
Not everyone is going to appreciate the new and empowered you, but you can′t let their reluctance to change hold you back from being the best you can be.
Don′t Compromise Your Integrity
Sometimes you′ll see what you want and you′ll see a shortcut to get it, but that′s usually a recipe for disaster. Most of the time these quick fixes are designed to prey on the gullible, the ones who don′t want to put in the effort and earn the rewards.
These shortcuts are unlikely to make you successful or to bring you anything but disappointment. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be Prepared to Alter Your Path to Reach Your Destination
So many people give up at the first hurdle. They feel that they didn′t wish hard enough or pray long enough, and so they throw up their hands and admit defeat. In reality, things aren′t always going to go smoothly, no matter how well thought your plans are, no matter how hard you′re working toward your goals.
If you hit a roadblock that seems insurmountable, find a new way forward. You′re not abandoning your ideas, nor are you compromising your integrity. You′re simply working with what′s being presented to you. It′s a detour, not a failure.
Get Rid of Excess Baggage
You′ve got to cleanse yourself of ideas that aren′t working, relationships that are sucking the life from you, things that are in your way, and patterns of behavior that no longer serve you if you′re going to harvest guaranteed abundance.
It may seem contradictory that to have more you have to have less, but you have to keep the energies flowing in order to create wealth. In many cultures, it′s not the person who has the most who is classed as the wealthiest; it′s the person who has given the most away who′s considered to be rich.
You have to make room for newness to come and find you, and you won′t be able to do that if you′re clinging to things that no longer serve a purpose.
Don′t Fall into a Negative Mindset
This one is Law of Attraction 101 and is one of the most important steps. You can′t manifest positive things in your life if you′re thinking negative thoughts about them. Things are going to get challenging; that′s a fact. No one leads a charmed life, but the difference between success and failure is the way you work through them. It′s okay to scream and yell and stomp your feet; get it out of your system, but don′t dwell there. Throw your tantrum, then pick up the pieces and find the way forward with new determination.
The Law of Attraction has value in that it teaches you to stay optimistic and continue to work to attract what you want into your life. It has a purpose, as long as you don′t depend on it to be a fact. Too much emphasis on it leads you to failure.
If you believe that all you have to do is want something badly enough and the Law of Attraction will do the rest, then you set yourself up for failure because you don′t make the necessary effort to get where you want to go.
Don′t sabotage yourself. If you follow the steps outlined above, you′ll have a blueprint for success. Visualizing what you want is simply the first phase of getting it. You also need to act on that, making it a priority and overcoming self-sabotaging doubts about your worth and your capabilities.
You have just as much right to abundance, fulfillment, and prosperity as anyone else. The question is, what are you going to do to manifest it?
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