May 2007 - The Law of Attraction at Work
Have you heard the "buzz" about the DVD seminar, The Secret? Oprah is talking about it. Even Newsweek is talking about it.
The basic premise of the Law of Attraction as explained in The Secret is that we attract what we think about most.
How does our belief attract what we want at work? Letís say that you have a difference of opinion with someone else at work. For the sake of discussion, letís say the difference of opinion is not a huge one.
If you do this, you will find that the entire nature and tenor of the meeting can change for the better.
Over time, using this process, people with whom you previously may have had conflicts become easier to work with. Problems and issues get resolved more quickly - all because your attitude changed for the better.
If you do this every time before you enter a meeting, you will find that your attitude will transform many situations almost magically. See every project as an opportunity for people to work together in positive ways. See every difference of opinion as a wonderful opportunity to find new and creative ways of doing something.
If you are a manager, encourage your staff to take this approach as they work on a project or as they work with others. Before long, you will see staff working together more effectively. Conflicts will decrease and productivity will increase. People will start noticing how much nicer things are at work. They will start feeling better about coming to work every day. They will get along better with each other and find more things to laugh about.
Take time to say, "thanks" and "I appreciate you and your work" at least once a day ó more if possible. Notice ways to give positive feedback whenever you can and where ever you are. Say "thank you" when someone does something nice for you - holds a door open, lets you go first in line, gives you a compliment, accomplishes a task, gives you information, etc. Pay attention to strangers you encounter - smile, say "hello" and "thanks" or "how may I help you?" whenever possible.
You will notice that people will begin to treat you better. "What goes around, comes around" means that if you are sending out positive messages all day long, positive messages will be coming back to you.
This is how the Law of Attraction works ó you attract to you that which you are. If you have a positive attitude, you attract more positive people and events to you.
Conversely, if you get up in the morning in a foul mood, go to work expecting everyone to fight you at every turn, you will likely find that the day does not go well. Again, you are attracting to you what you are feeling and reflecting your belief that things are not good.
If you see the world as a dangerous or fearful place, you will find things to fear at every turn. If you believe that someone else must lose something in order for you to win something, you will be looking to hurt others. Of course, they will find opportunities to fulfill your beliefs and you will find yourself being hurt as well.
You do have a choice about how to approach your day. If you get up in a foul mood, you can change that before you leave home. Do something that makes you feel good ó play music, read poetry, meditate or pray, play with the dog, kiss your spouse or partner, play with your children, remember a happy time ó do whatever it takes and your day will be much better for the small amount of effort required to change your outlook.
We attract to us what which we are in direct proportion to our belief. In other words, the clearer we are about what we want and trusting that it is our destiny to be joyful, happy and creative, the greater our ability to experience what we desire.
If we have big dreams and KNOW with confidence that we are what we believe, we attract to us more of who we are. If we are happy, we attract more happiness in our life. If we are abundant, we attract more abundance in our live. If we are joyful, we attract more joy in our life. If we are loving, we attract more love in our life.
Conversely, if we are bitter or filled with blame, we attract more people and situations full of bitterness and blame. If are fearful and distrustful, we attract more fear and distrust into our lives. If we feel like a victim or that we are "less than" others, we attract people and situations to confirm our beliefs.
By changing our mind about conditions and situations, we can in fact change those conditions. We can choose to focus on the positive aspects of a situation instead of the negative aspects.
Did you ever wonder why Donald Trump is so successful? It is because he believes it is his right to be successful and that nothing can stop him. He never doubted that he could do whatever he wanted.
The Law of Attraction is a big part of how most successful people are successful ó they truly believe they can do whatever it is they want to do or be whatever is it they want to be.
They not only know it in their mind, they feel it with their emotions and they take action based on those beliefs and feelings ó they move confidently in the direction of their desires.
Are you involved in planning or strategic planning where you work? Have you ever been part of a plan or a project of any kind? If so, you will notice that many things that are planned actually get done. Do you think they would have happened by accident if there was no plan? Probably not.
Planning is simply one form of the Law of Attraction at work. People set out a plan, develop a vision for a new idea or project, feel how it will be when it is finished, see it in their mind as completed and successful, then they go forward to accomplish the plan. Because they have set a clear intention, they "attract" what is needed to accomplish the plan. If team members involved in the plan believe in the planís goals, they will be actively participating in a positive way, which makes the plan go more smoothly.
If along the way, many people disagree or refuse to participate, they attract chaos and the plan does not go forward smoothly.
What do you want from your workplace? Set your intention, set your goals, believe it is possible and move forward confidently and positively in the direction of your desires.
Practice until it becomes second nature and you will find that your work experience changes significantly for the better. If it does not, either two things are happening: 1) you are not keeping a positive consistent focus, or 2) the environment in which you work is such that positive thinkers cannot survive. If the former is true, continue to practice until positive thinking becomes a daily habit. If the latter is true, find a different environment that supports the positive person you are.
Many years ago, a friend asked me to attend a 15-week workshop she was teaching at no charge. It was called Leadership Dynamics from Paul Meyer's company, Success Motivation Inc. She was trying to build up her business and had a few empty seats that she offered to close friends. At the time, I was barely making enough money to survive so figured it wouldn't hurt. I had some great ideas but had not yet learned about goal setting. The workshop taught me a lot about setting intentions, making goals and living a balanced life. By the end of the workshop, I had been approved for a $50,000 grant to start a non-profit organization, the Orange County Business Development Center in California. Wait - that's not even the best part.
Each week, we had homework - setting goals, looking at our life and seeing where we needed to put more attention, learning more about ourselves, our personality and our desires. We also had to write down things on a "wish list" each week. On my wish list, I put big things like a new car, a trip to Europe, a new house, a better relationship with my partner, family and children, a good job and plenty of money coming in, a deeper spiritual connection, etc. I put a lot of little things on there also. I worked with the goals for a while after finishing the workshop then put the books away and got busy living my life. It was a few years later after I had moved that I noticed the books again and reviewed my wish list. Every single thing I had put on my wish list from that workshop had happened! I had a new car, a new home, had been to Europe for the first time, had plenty of money coming in, was much happier in my relationships, had deepened my spirituality, etc. All of them had happened - most of them without hard work, without even focusing much attention on them.
Did you know that only 5% of people write down their goals? And, 90% of those who do write down their goals achieve them? Are you willing to be one of the 5% who are successful in accomplishing what they want?
Just as you can create a plan for what you want at work, you can create a plan for what you want in your personal life.
Do you want better relationships?
Do you want a different job, career or working situation?
Do you want better health?
Do you want more prosperity and abundance in your life?
Only YOU can create your own life starting in this moment right now. Only YOU can live your life ó no one else can do that for you. No matter what anyone else tries to tell you, YOU are in control of what you think ó and only YOU can change that thinking. Only YOU are in control of what you feel ó and only YOU can change those feelings. If you start to think something negative, practice shifting your thoughts or your feelings to something that makes YOU feel good. Soon it will come easily and without conscious effort.
You donít have to change anyone else to be happy; you can choose to be happy yourself. You donít have to change the world to be peaceful; you can be peaceful yourself. You donít have to take anything away from anyone else to be abundant; you can feel abundant yourself. You donít have to make anyone sick to be healthy; you can be healthy yourself. Whatever it is you want, think it for yourself, feel it for yourself, do it for yourself and be it for yourself.
If you want to change your life, change your thinking and life will change almost magically for you. All of the most successful people in the world will tell you the same thing that Iím telling you Ė itís all up to YOU! Thatís the only true "secret" to living a successful life.
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