Law of Attraction – An Overview
How Should You Use It?
You now have a rough idea of what the Law of Attraction (LoA) is and why many people have adopted it. But before we go further into this article, it’s a good idea to give some stronger intuition behind the LoA.
The LoA is not only a statement about attraction, but it is also a suggestion for how we should think about situations in our lives. In particular, it urges us to think about abundance, rather than scarcity. For illustration’s sake, consider the following four conditions. Decide whether you have an abundance or scarcity mindset.
You’re deciding whether to help out a business associate with a new project he has in mind. You know that it has the potential to be successful, and you know that you can help him to implement it. But, ultimately, you decide not to do it. You decide that a small part of your customer base overlaps with his—and you don’t want to lose even a single customer to him.
You’re deciding whether to start an affiliate program to promote your new product, but you’re discouraged by the fact that you have never done this before. Instead of seeking out help, you decide that it probably won’t work out, so you don’t do it.
You just started a new business. You want to rent an office so that you have a place to send your employees. You know that this is a significant risk, but instead of letting this bog you down, you refuse to view it as an obstacle; and instead push forward, determined to make it work no matter how hard it may seem initially.
You’re deciding whether to do something beautiful for your wife (husband). You know that you could make her life easier by doing this favor for her (him), but you ultimately decide not to. Instead, you choose to hold an offer, so that you can offer to do it as a bargaining chip for something in exchange.
After reading these examples, can you see the difference between an “abundance” mindset and a “scarcity” mindset? Can you see how the LoA directs you to think and behave in a way that will generate reciprocity and kindness from others?
Furthermore, can you see how following the LoA directs you not to worry persistently about being taken advantage of; and not to live your life to extract every last penny and favor from everyone else, while doing nothing for them in return?
These are essential things to see and to understand about the LoA if you ever want to practice it successfully, and reap the rewards that it offers.
How Do You Know It Works?
Many people suggest that you shouldn’t worry about whether the LoA is working. You shouldn’t worry whether thinking positively and maintaining an abundance mindset generates better results for you.
But I disagree. As with all things you do in life, business, and personal relationships, it’s essential to evaluate whether or not what you are doing has actually. It’s not only crucial to do this so that you can refine your approach, but also so you can decide whether or not what you’re doing is working at all.
Also, it’s right with the LoA, no matter what people tell you to the contrary.
Now, at first, you might see this as a contradiction. You might wonder how you can simultaneously be positive and believing while also maintaining a degree of skepticism. But it is entirely possible.
How can you do this? Start by setting a trial period. Give yourself, say, three months. In this period, commit yourself to follow the Law of Attraction.
During this trial period, don’t let anything stand between you and your goals. Think positively and focus on achieving those goals, rather than focusing on the things that can prevent you from reaching them.
Also, during that trial period, adopt the “abundance” mindset. Don’t worry about “winning” every social interaction; and don’t focus on extracting every last dollar from your customers, your business partners, and your friends.
In short, behave as you would if you had already achieved your goals. If you were as wealthy, attractive, likable, accomplished, and intelligent as you wished to be, would you be scraping for every last dollar? Of course, you wouldn’t. And, if you ever want to get there, you shouldn’t behave this way, either.
So, give yourself a trial period of 3 months, put your all into it, and see what happens. I guarantee that living abundantly, thinking positively and constructively, and giving to others without expecting something in return will transform your life, your business, and your relationships positively.
Why Cynicism is Bad
When it comes to the LoA, many people make the mistake of believing that skepticism is terrible. But, in truth, there’s nothing wrong with skepticism. There’s nothing wrong with thinking a deal through before we make it. And there’s nothing wrong with wondering whether berries we picked in the forest are edible or poisonous. Skepticism is essential and can keep us alive and improve how our businesses function.
On the other hand, cynicism is an entirely different animal. When we convince ourselves that nothing can be useful, that nothing can work out well, and that everything in our lives is rigged against us, we cave in to something very contrary to the LoA. Namely, we forget trying to attract positive things into our lives through visualization and action; and we instead harp on the things that have gone wrong.
If you are serious about practicing the LoA to achieve your goals, to mend and strengthen your relationships, and to become successful in business or at work, then cynicism is the first thing that must go. And you must replace it with an endless and persistent willingness to overcome challenges.
Why Focus and Visualization is Important
The Law of Attraction suggests that if we focus on positive things, then positive things will be attracted into our lives. This is why followers of LoA stress that we set aside time during the day to focus on the things that we want and visualize them coming into our lives.
As a new practitioner of the LoA, you should begin setting aside time during the day to do this. You should start by spending several hours to define your goals clearly. And when you do this, don’t only think about getting a certain amount of money, but think mainly about how you will use it (i.e., to make your family’s life better, to get that house you always wanted, etc.).
After you have defined your goals, you should spend at least a half-hour each day doing nothing other than focusing on them and visualizing them happening. It may seem excessive at first, but in fact, it is a method that many professional athletes and successful businesspersons do regularly.
Once you have done this a few times, you will understand why it makes sense. It helps you to focus your attention on where it should be: namely, on achieving your goals. It also helps you to walk through your targets carefully, step-by-step through visualization. The importance of this, as it will help you to form a definite plan about how you can overcome problems and achieve goals, no matter how difficult they may seem.
How to Create an Environment for Focus and Visualization
We’ve now established that focus and visualization is an essential part of applying the LoA. If you can focus on your goals, if you can visualize them happening, and you can accept their happening, then you can use the LoA successfully and reap the personal and material benefits that follow.
With this said, it is essential to think about how you can improve your focus and bolster your visualization techniques. You can start by employing the following methods, which are known to improve mindset, calm nerves, and allow you to concentrate:
Burn incense or light an aromatherapy candle. Pick a scent that will energize you and focus you, rather than dulling your senses or putting you to sleep. Odors such as peppermint, grapefruit, or vanilla will accomplish this goal. Once the scent has filled the room, close your eyes, and focus on your goals. Attempt to visualize how they will happen, and feel open and accepting as they do.
Get a massage. A massage can loosen up your muscles and make you feel relaxed and calm. This will make it easy for you to focus your mind on only one thing—namely, the process by which you will achieve your goal.
Take a warm bath with dim lighting. This will put you in a quiet environment away from other people, where you can relax and focus. Concentrate your mind on only one goal and how you will achieve it.
Practice meditation. One of the best-known techniques for focusing on one thought is meditation. Learning how to meditate better will translate into better use of the LoA.
In short, focus and visualization are essential parts of practicing the LoA. So, if you want to practice LoA correctly, then you need to find ways to focus and visualize better.
How to Avoid Bad Thoughts
As I said earlier, cynicism can be destructive to our use of the LoA. It can prevent us from trying harder by convincing us that things are not possible. And it can prevent us from focusing on an idea and following through.
For these reasons, we need to keep harmful, cynical thoughts away when we are genuinely attempting to practice the Law of Attraction. Instead, we must focus on ideas that are positive and that reinforce our vision of the future.
How can we do this? There are many different ways. I suggest just a few below:
Find Ways to Snap Out of Bad Thoughts
If you find yourself reinforcing bad thoughts with more bad thoughts, you have to find some way to break free from the cycle. Psychologists often suggest using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques in situations like this.
One commonly suggested CBT technique involves wearing an elastic band around your wrist. When you start to encounter negative thoughts, snap that elastic band. That immediate, physical feedback can help you to jolt out of a cycle of negative thoughts; and then begin to fix your attention on something else instead.
Other techniques involve discontinuing what you are doing at the time and doing something else instead. For instance, if you are in your cubicle at work, and you are looking at a massive stack of papers, you might begin to feel depressed and overwhelmed. Instead of sitting there and staring at the papers, get up and take a quick break. Grab a coffee or talk to someone in a nearby cubicle. This can help to break the cycle of negativity before it begins.
Avoid Places that Generate Bad Thoughts
In your day-to-day experiences, you have probably recognized that certain places cause bad thoughts. Perhaps there was an event in the past where you failed at something unexpectedly. Or maybe something terrible happened to you and your family, and whenever you pass by a specific place, you think of that bad, though.
From now on, it’s time to start pushing those places out of your life. If a situation makes you sad and it is very little you can do to overcome that sorrow, then don’t visit it anymore. Take a different route to work. In short, avoid any place that can put you on the path to becoming increasingly negative.
Carefully Choose and Maintain Relationships
If you have friends who continuously degrade you, doubt your abilities, or insult your ideas, it’s time to make new friends. While it’s good to have a skeptic in the crowd to bounce ideas off of, it rarely helps to have a cynic around who can do nothing other than find hundreds of (implausible) ways in which your ideas might fail.
It accomplishes nothing, and it prevents you from maintaining your positive thoughts. So, from time to time, evaluate your relationships. Decide whether the friends you have chosen to associate yourself with are improving your life and reinforcing your success; or whether they are merely dragging you down.
In brief, the LoA can be summarized in three steps: first, think deeply about what it is that you truly want most. Second, focus only on that thing and visualize how you will attract it into your life. And third, be open and accepting of that thing that you want most, even if you initially subconsciously fear to accomplish it.
Beyond that, practicing the LoA amounts to exercising focus and visualization. It also requires you to think in terms of abundance, rather than scarcity. In the following chapters, I will discuss specific ways in which you can apply the LoA to improve your life.
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