You’ve heard all the hype, maybe you even own a collector’s edition copy of The Secret. (If not, I’m sure you know someone who does.) You might have clipped out pictures of your dream car, your dream vacation and your dream lifestyle and pasted them onto your carefully hung dream board. And I’m going to take a wild guess that dream board’s done nothing but collect dust ever since.
Marketers, authors and bloggers alike love to exploit the Law of Attraction’s “ancient magic power” to convince you that anything’s possible if you would only open yourself up to receiving it…and purchase whatever it is they happen to be selling at the time.
Don’t have enough money to pay for your medical bills? Maybe you just didn’t want it bad enough. You need my secret!
Can’t afford that trip to Tahiti again this year? Maybe if you’d wished for it a little bit harder. Buy my book!
Bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit. And did I mention it’s bullshit?
You can put up all the dream boards you want, paper your walls with inspirational quotes scribbled onto yellow post-its ’til you’re blue in the face…but unless you take action it’s just a fruitless (albeit elaborate) masturbatory exercise.
My favorite example of the law of attraction action is Jim Carrey’s success. Jim did not have a very affluent upbringing to say the least. If my memory serves me, they were actually homeless for a time when he was young.
Despite his humble beginnings, Jim was determined to grow up into something special. In 1984 the struggling comedian wrote a check for $10 million payable to himself in exactly 10 years time. He claims there was never any doubt in his mind he’d be able to make good on it. Sure enough 10 years later almost to the day Jim received his check for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective…$10 million.
But what Jim did between the time he wrote that check and the time he was able to cash it in is what made all the difference. Simply visualizing $10 million into existence would not have worked no matter how many millennia he spent willing the Universe to make it true.
No, my man took action.
He worked his ever-lovin’-lily-white ass off is what he did. He didn’t accept failure, never took no for an answer and did not give up until he reached his goal.
Jim Carrey exemplifies everything so many of the Law of Attraction proponents seem to miss. Mr. Carrey is a man who not only knows exactly what he wants, he then goes after it with absolute and unwavering resolution.
Fuck sitting there wishing you had more (money, cars, sex, love, whatever). Go get it. Fuck giving up after you’ve had a few disappointments. Life goes on and so can you. Please know that I say these things with all the love in my heart, but if you’re unhappy get off your ass and do something about it.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t believe in magic. I do. Especially when one is traveling their right path, magic certainly does happen. It’s happened to me plenty but only when I was already taking meaningful action towards my goals.
When we’re on our right path, we know it.
When we are certain our goals are properly aligned with the Universe, things tend to fall into place all around us. When we wake up each morning with the same passionate desire to make a difference, the Universe is by our side. Coincidences, déjà vu and unexpected opportunities are a common occurrence.
I’ve also tried the sitting on the couch method of making dreams come true and I can tell you with no uncertainty it does not work for shit. After all, what’s the one word that ended up making Jim Carrey’s dreams come true? …ACTION!
What are your experiences with the Law of Attraction? I believe everyone has some opinion on the matter, please share yours with us here.