Perhaps you’re familiar with the book, The Secret. If you’ve tried the book’s recommendations, but didn’t have great results, that doesn’t mean that the book is without merit. To benefit from it, it’s important to understand what it actually provides you.
Who The Secret Automatically Works For
Have you ever noticed how some people just seem to win all the time? Whether they’re vying for a promotion or competing in the weight loss challenge at work, they always seem to come out ahead. For these people, The Secret works great automatically. Why is this?
These people are very good at taking action and don’t have a lot of mental garbage in their way. Mere visualization is enough to get them charging full-steam ahead, and they can’t be stopped once they start.
For the Rest of Us:
If you don’t fall into the “automatic” category above, you may want to take some extra steps to enable the strategies in The Secret work for you.
Imagine you decide you want to lose 50 lbs. When you think about losing that weight, you’re probably torn. On the one hand, it would be great to be so much lighter. You know you’d look better and feel better. You’re sure you’d be healthier too.
On the other hand, you feel a sense of dread. You think about how you’re going to be hungry and probably have to eat stuff you don’t really like. You agonize over all the other times you’ve tried to diet and it hasn’t worked out. You can’t stand exercise, and health food just doesn’t taste good!
Does that sound like you? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us go through this inner conflict when contemplating making major changes.
If your goal doesn’t make you feel 100% positive, you’ll have challenges achieving it without a tremendous amount of motivation and willpower.
So your strategy should start with identifying your beliefs that are stopping you and work on replacing them with thoughts that better serve you. This will help you clarify your goal into one that is 100% in line with what you really want.
You can use visualizing as a tool with this step, too. Keep tweaking your goal until you feel great – through and through – when you imagine it. Then you’ll be ready to take advantage of the power of The Secret.
Make The Secret Work for You
Outside of The Secret, one common exercise you may have heard of is manifesting a blue feather. You’re supposed to simply go about your day with the intention of bringing a blue feather into your life within 48 hours to a week, depending on who gives you the exercise.
This is interesting for a couple of reasons.
Have you ever purchased a car, and then noticed that car everywhere? It never fails. You go out and buy a used Jeep Cherokee, and suddenly it’s as if the whole world has bought one too. You see them parked on your street. You notice one at every stoplight.
This is your reticular activating system (RAS) at work. Each day, you’re exposed to so many stimuli that you can’t pay attention to all of it. Your RAS decides what’s important enough to bring to your attention and what can be allowed to slide by unnoticed.
This is why you suddenly see your new car everywhere – it’s not because you created a bunch of Jeep Cherokees all over the place. The feather exercise is the same idea. If you’re focused on finding a blue feather, you’re sure to notice one when one actually comes into your life.
In the same way, abundance and the path to your other goals are already here. There’s nothing magical about it. You just pay attention.
So here is what The Secret really gives you: It focuses your attention so you can spot situations that are conducive to helping you achieve your goals. The visualizing you learn in The Secret will attune your mind to moving you toward your goal – or manifesting your desires.
Then, however, your responsibility is to follow through on those opportunities. Being 100% aligned with your goal helps you follow through with conviction.
With a little practice, you will work magic in your life. And your well-deserved dreams will be at your fingertips.