Preachers, speakers, authors and movies have been expounding upon the virtues of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction for decades now. Yet, people are still stuck in negative self-talk, pessimism and low self-esteem – as well as the negative results that go along with that.
Why is that? Do we need to hear the message one more time? Have we failed at applying it? Do we know how it works but somehow want to stay stuck in negativity? Or have we tried the Law of Attraction and it just doesn’t work? What’s going on?
I started writing about this subject last night, and the more I write, the more complicated my answers get. I realize now that this will end up being a series rather than a single post. (And here is a previous post related to the Law of Attraction.)
A quick overview on the “Law of Attraction” for those who don’t know what I’m blabbering about: The concept has evolved over time, but the basic idea has been around at least since the time of Christ. (Back then it was called “faith.”) The term “Law of Attraction” first started showing up about 100 years ago, although some authors have tried to claim ownership of it since then.
The basic idea is deceptively simple: “What you think about, you bring about.” Not only thinking about it, of course, but investing the goal with strong feelings and beliefs will hurry its coming. This works for positive outcomes, as well as for negative outcomes that we worry about and don’t want.
Variations on the theme include:
- It’s not so much what you think about as what you feel strongly about (Lynn Grabhorn)
- It’s a combination of Thought, Will, Gratitude and Action (among others). Missing one of these will result in failure (The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles)
- Thoughts –> Beliefs –> Actions –> World’s Response –> Results (Teresa de Grosbois, Calgary speaker and author)
Sorry to cut this short, but it’s bedtime, and there’s no way I’m going to wrap this up before I fall asleep. I will continue this series tomorrow. I have drafted some ideas about how we fail at the Law of Attraction, and why. It’s not ready to post, though.
Meanwhile, I’m sure there are people out there in Internet-Land who know more than I do about the subject. Please leave your comments below. You may also post links to articles, as long as you’re not too grotesquely spammy about it. I’d love to hear from you.
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