I say luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you’re prepared for it. ~ Denzel Washington

One of the most important mindsets is called the “Law of Attraction.” Most of you have heard about it or even know it, but I’m covering it again because it is so important.

The law of attraction states that you create your own destiny by firmly believing in that which you want to achieve – regardless of whether your wish list makes sense today; regardless of whether you’re anywhere close to the items that you want or feel are achievable for you.

The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, first published in the 1950s and popular again in the 1980s, affirmed the Law of Attraction. You think only good positive thoughts and envision the life you want to live. The practice of “fake it till you make it” has been used for quite some time people have done it for centuries. The most current and bestselling refresher course on the Law of Attraction is through Rhonda Byrne’s film and book, The Secret.

This gained wide acceptance as part of a quasi-religious movement of the beginning of the last century (and the end of the 19th century) known as New Thought. It promoted positive thinking. The great American writer, psychologist and philosopher William James, in his landmark book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, spoke about it in this way:

The most characteristic feature of the mind-cure movement is an inspiration much more direct. The leaders in this faith have had an intuitive belief in the all-saving power of healthy-minded attitudes as such, in the conquering efficacy of courage, hope, and trust, and a correlative contempt for doubt, fear, worry, and all nervously precautionary states of mind. Their belief has in a general way been corroborated by the practical experience of their disciples….

The law of attraction works as follows: You act and live and think as if you already have achieved what you want. As you do that, you gather the entire energy of the universe behind you, which then has no choice other than to act upon the “fact,” or reality, that you have created. It is not really a fact at the time you are thinking it, but you put that energy out, and that energy comes back. Your brain cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction as long as you truly believe in it. In essence, you trick your mind. Ever heard that what goes around comes around, you reap what you sow, etc.? It all refers to the Law of Attraction.

Tell me instances in your own life where you used the law of attraction (even if you didn’t call it that) to help you overcome something, whether it was a personal difficulty, a health issue or an emotional block. I’d love to know. Thanks so much for sharing.

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