There is a Law of Attraction in nature. Or maybe it’s psychological. I don’t know and frankly I don’t care. It’s more useful to know about how a principle works than why it works, and this one is laid out for you below.
Here it is in a nutshell. What is in your mind is reflected “out there”, in what you experience as your reality.
Afraid of losing it? Afraid of competition? Afraid of the economy? Then all the goblins that you fear will be drawn to you. Protracted fear or worry means that you’re spending too much unprofitable time in the future.
The only useful purpose of fear is to remind you to PLAN. So do it. Plan to you protect yourself from obvious harm, and then focus on what you can do in the PRESENT, because the present is where your future is being created. Plunge ahead. Don’t become timid. If you play it TOO safe you’ll freeze in place and trade your life away for nothing.
Depressed? Then everything you think, see or hear will reinforce your lack of energy, engagement and action. Depression means that you’re spending too much passive time thinking about the past, and allowing it to imprison you in the present and steal your future. When you focus on the present you can change things. You can’t change the past, only your assessment of it.
Angry? Then you’ll get a lot of angry people to tussle with. Your life will fill up with honking horns and people pushing you around, and you’ll spend all your time pushing back. Get over your anger by dealing with the person who causes it – even if it’s the person who is looking back at you from the mirror. Believe me, anger doesn’t get any better with age. It sours a person.
It’s a good idea to choose your habitual thought patterns carefully. Love, optimism and gratitude are good choices. These states of mind will inspire you to explore, to create, to grow and to give. People and opportunities will become attracted to you. And the goblins and angry people will get smaller and quieter and less important, and finally they’ll just fade out and go away.
Events are just events until our thoughts and reactions turn them into experience. What the experience means, how useful it might be, those are the choices that we make — they’re the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. The point of choice comes when you have to deal with a challenging situation. Will you call it a “bad break” – some S.O.B. was out to get you? Or can you call it just “something that happened”, giving yourself a chance to label it in the most nourishing way possible?
You might as well be positive. Bottom line — it works better and it takes less effort. It makes you easier to be around, and more creative and good-natured. And your immune system will be strengthened. We’re taught that it’s not reasonable to expect to win all the time. Nonsense! That kind of thinking numbs ambition and smothers greatness. Even worse, it leads to excuses. Excuses don’t accomplish anything so do NOT be reasonable.
Actually, achieving the impossible is reasonable, and quite normal — you’ve done it thousands of times. EVERYTHING you do now was impossible for you before you did it the first time, from feeding yourself to balancing your checkbook to becoming a real doctor who will help people. Try this for a week. Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. Practice the skills of optimism, gratitude, generosity and forgiveness and your life will expand. Yes, that’s right. PRACTICE.
Good attitudes are skills that you develop through repetition, just like swimming or buttering toast. And skills become second nature through practice. You will become stronger and more relaxed when you decide that you might as well thrive. A commitment to expectancy is another skill, and it’s decisive and magnetic. It creates focus and attracts good fortune. People, patients and opportunities will be drawn to you. Life starts to get easier. And your practice becomes more fun. Go ahead and test it. What have you got to lose? The only way you can fail at anything is to “quit trying”!
Dr. Ron Repice
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