I’m sure that you’ve heard of the saying, ‘You attract what you think about the most,’ or ‘Attitude is altitude,’ or something to the effect. But do you actually believe it? It’s hard to take those types of sayings seriously, especially if the events in our life point to the contrary. In this post, I’ll explain how this feedback loop works a little bit and hopefully you can make some sense out of all the positive attitude junkies out there.
First of all, if you’ve ever watched the movie or read the book, “The Secret,” then you have already been privy to a wide array of “experts” telling you that your attitude dictates your future. They say that all you have to do is think positively and the world will shift and bend to your needs. Well, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work. I don’t know how many times I’ve really wanted things, imagined what it would be like getting those things, drew up a ‘vision board,’ and repeated the process until I was blue in the face.
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What I did realize from the whole experience of trying out methods from that world renowned book, is that there is a very basic missing ingredient. It wasn’t until I discovered this missing ingredient that I saw any sort of success worth mentioning.
‘The Secret’ Has a Secret
The missing ingredient, more like a missing step, is to be open to opportunities that might lead you to that thing that you are wanting. In the book, the authors of “The Secret” use an example of a child wishing and praying for a new red bike. One day, it just ends up in front of his door because he surrounded himself with positive thoughts of that bike. They don’t go into any detail on the events that actually led up to him receiving it. I think readers and viewers of the film can get a little off track if they never take into consideration that the boy might have done some things in-between that actually caused certain events to take place which eventually led to the desired outcome.
Here’s a simple example. If you really want a new car, every fiber of your being will be enthusiastic in conversations about that car. When you talk to your parents or friends, they will notice how much you REALLY want it. You don’t even have to say it. They notice. Then, according to “The Secret,” the universe notices as well. The world works in mysterious ways though. That’s important to note. You aren’t going to wake up one day, walk outside, and find that car in your driveway. What WILL happen, though, is you will be more aware of opportunities that MAY lead to you getting that car. Recognizing those opportunities and acting on them is what will lead you down the right path to achieving a goal. No one is going to simply hand it over to you. You’re going to have to keep your eyes open, maintain focus, and act on opportunities.
So, that’s how it all works. Everything that the positive attitude gurus are teaching is right on, but you have to learn the application yourself. You have to learn how to read between the lines with events that are unfolding all around you every single day. Reflect a bit on missed opportunities and commit to not repeating those same mistakes.
Think positively, but more importantly, take action.
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