“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”
– Henry Ford
The law of attraction is the name given to the New Thought idea that “like attracts like” – a philosophy that has been used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
It is thought that when a person clearly visualises what they wish to achieve, they set in motion, through the law of attraction, a series of events that eventually lead to the materialisation of said desire or vision. Thought leads to action, action brings opportunity, which in time brings circumstance and materialisation. People and their thoughts are made up of pure energy, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy creates the basis for the law of attraction.
Everyone has those days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, stub your toe and spiral downwards from there onwards. You place yourself in a negative mindset, burn your toast, spill green juice on your work shirt, miss your train, are late for work, get told off by management, and generally spiral downwards throughout the whole day until you go to bed. This is an example of your thoughts, conscious or subconscious, setting you into a negative spiral and almost attracting disaster to your day.
Equally, waking up with a positive attitude pretty much always results in a more productive and engaging day, increasing positivity amongst colleagues, family and friends and attracting positive situations. Your thoughts become reality.
A classic physical example of this mind over matter phenomenon can be seen in experiments which make use of placebo studies – medical patients given nothing more than a sugar pill show greater improvement than patients provided with actual medication – mind and attitude becomes the healing factor.
Gratitude & Positivity
Your current situation, according to the law of attraction, is the residual outcome of your past thoughts and actions. Luckily, if you’re not at the place you want to be in life – you want to do better at work, your fitness isn’t on par, your relationships aren’t going well, it can all be changed.
Let go of worrying about everything that might not be going right and instead begin concentrating on the positives. Waking up and listing 5 things you’re grateful for every day ensures you wake up on the right foot, ready to tackle the day with a positive frame of mind. In the same way as when someone appreciates the little things you do and this leads you to feel more inclined to do more of those things, concentrating on the positives in your life will generate more positive experiences.
Envision Your Future & Set Goals
Vividly envision exactly where you want to be in 5 years’ time. From here, create a 5 year plan of how you’re going to get there, setting yearly, monthly and weekly goals. Creating a vision board and keeping it in a visible place can help remind you of your goals.
Waking up knowing the direction you want to go in life encourages you to move towards the opportunities and adopt the attitudes that will bring you closer to these goals. Multiple studies have found that those who write down their goals accomplish significantly more than those who don’t. (Source: Summary of Recent Goals Research, Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University)
Whilst the law of attraction might not be an instant solution to effortlessly solving all of life’s problems, knowing what you want and going after it with a positive attitude might just bring you somewhere you never expected and significantly help you in your quest to achieve your goals.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney