Here’s a small example of a powerful phenomenon. For the past month and a half, I’ve been telling everyone that I’m moving to New York on October 15th. This was (sort of) a lie. No flights had been booked, I had a car and an entire storage unit of furniture to sell, I had no job, and I had no place to live. But October 15th was the date I held steadfast to. A week to the date and 92% of the previously mentioned loose ends had yet to be resolved. People kept asking me, “Are you still leaving next week?” “Yep.” “That’s crazy!” And the very next day, it all came together. The net appeared. I’m officially moving four days from now, on my projected date. I spent a lovely three and a half weeks at home with family and friends, AND managed not to blow my savings from the past year! Now I will get to enjoy a couple pleasant months of fall in New York before…well, let’s not talk about that. Anyway, the point of this little anecdote? It’s a simple, clear example of the power of the law of attraction when combined with action.
This is the very blueprint that can be applied to any dream or goal you have. It all begins with a thought, and then a vision. Stephen Covey discusses the concept of beginning with the end in mind in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
All things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It’s about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.
It’s important to understand the law of attraction and how energy is everything and everything is energy and thoughts are energy and thoughts become things. (If you’re unfamiliar, go read The Secret today!) But as powerful as the law of attraction is, you need to realize it’s a tool. It’s the mindset you need throughout the process, but not the process itself. Oprah once did a show about it, and afterwards a viewer wrote in saying she was considering ending her cancer treatment to try to cure herself with her thoughts instead. Oprah was like, “Girl, no.” Understanding and utilizing the power of your thoughts is half of the battle.
Where we end up in life is not a coincidence. It’s a combination of our mindset AND our effort. Faith plus action. You can’t just lie in bed and think your way to an amazing life. Opportunities and connections happen out in the world. If you’re wishing for a better life, but you wake up, go to school/work, and go straight home, you’re missing out. You aren’t making yourself available to receive the gifts that are waiting for you. You have to change your mindset and change your habits in order to change your life. Doing something differently will yield different results.
You are a brilliant being, capable of creating the life that you want. That is your birthright as a human being. Alan Watts said it so beautifully: “The real you is not a puppet, which life pushes around. The real deep down you is the whole universe…You are something the whole universe is doing the same way a wave is something the whole ocean is doing.” You are energy, the very energy of everything else in existence. You’re the most powerful magnet on earth! You deserve to reap the benefits you are attracting…but you have to meet them halfway.
Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” The first step is to have a dream. A big one. A bold one. Next, you have to believe you can do it. Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right. And then? Go! Even if your confidence is shaky, as long as you make moves—infant steps— towards that dream, something will come of it. Nothing is without meaning. There is something to learn from every experience. Maybe a different opportunity will arise, and you’ll follow that path and realize it’s where you were meant to be all along. Like Alice Sebold wrote, “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the ones we never knew we had.” Now, turn off your computer and go into the world! Just don’t forget how powerful you are, and that infinite possibilities exist just within your reach.