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An understanding of the law
Your mind is an extremely powerful thing. It not only causes you to commit certain acts or enable abstract thought which aid in solving frustrating obstacles, but it also generates a specific frequency depending on the exact thought created in your mind.
This frequency is then set out into the universe and returns as a thought manifested into being. As the saying goes ‘if you believe you can conceive’. What this means for you is that our thoughts have the ability to alter our reality.
By believing completely in these thoughts we enable our subconscious to acknowledge that these thoughts are very much real to some extent and by doing so enables our subconscious to aid us in the act of instinctually carrying out certain tasks which will inevitably cause us to achieve our overall goal, and by doing so you will have experienced the law of attraction in its truest form. The ability to manifest thought into action.
A failed practice
Many people, myself included, try to apply this law to achieve what they set out to do. However, it can be said that many fail to do so effectively. Here are a few mistakes to watch out for when applying this law.
The first common mistake is focusing too hard on the goal. Yes, that’s right, by focusing too hard on the goal you increase the risk of doubting yourself.
This self-doubt may cause you to worry about uncertainties, such as what could go wrong and how much of a negative impact this may have on you, though it can be said that by acknowledging what could go wrong you decrease the likelihood of it ever happening through careful consideration, however during times of acute stress sometimes finding a sound mind is the most difficult task, thus the likelihood of careful consideration and awareness dwindles. This is a huge hurdle on your path to completion of the law, avoid it at all costs.
The second common mistake is wishful thinking. As previously mentioned the law of attraction in its truest form is to manifest thought into action. For a lot of people, the idea of the law of attraction is to simply believe something will happen and by sheer luck, it will.
This is a false interpretation of the law and only half of the complete law, to achieve it, in full, action is required, and through initial thought, actions become relatively easier.
Both are directly proportional to one another in terms of their importance. By having both a good mindset and a conscientious attitude the completion of the law will be within your reach.
While those mistakes are very common there are simple ways you can prevent these mistakes from occurring. In order to prevent the first common mistake, you must focus on the feeling rather than the goal, emphasise the rush and excitement you’ll experience following the achievement of the goal, by doing this it will encourage you to carry on striving until completion. This is a lot more effective than worrying about what could go wrong. It’s also a lot less troublesome on the mind.
In order to prevent the second common mistake, you must be calm and at peace with potential outcomes. By accepting possible outcomes, good or bad, to the point at which it doesn’t cause stress but rather a feeling of acknowledgement it allows you to be the master of your mind, knowing very well that you can control what occurs and find peace in it.
With that said, make sure you are realistic regardless of the outcome. The reality is we all have different circumstances, play to your strengths and if things aren’t going your way find alternatives to reach the same, if not a greater, end goal.
Tailored to your vision
As we’ve established, the law of attraction is to manifest thought into action. Keeping that in mind it’s essential to consider your own goals as well as circumstances. We all have different tools at our disposal.
On the aforementioned basis, it is imperative that you set goals in accordance with the SMART principals. For those of you who don’t know SMART is an acronym meaning; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Is your goal specific? Specificity relates to the idea of knowing exactly what your goal is. Instead of having a broad idea be very precise with exactly what you want and plan it out step by step in order to reach it.
With regards to measurability, what ensures your progress? What factors are important to look at to measure how much you have gained. This could be in the means of; money, how many mile you’ve ran, losing a certain amount of weight etc. This is all dependant on your own end goal and what you decide portrays your growth towards reaching that goal.
Can you achieve your goal? Achievable means to be able to gain something using that which is available to you. For example, if you’re trying to start a business and you don’t have a certain amount of money at your disposal to start that business now, then you won’t be able to.
If starting a business is the end goal utilize specificity to plan exactly how you can achieve it. Even if it isn’t something you can achieve now it can occur in the foreseeable future. So don’t be disheartened if you can’t reach that goal now. Utilize what you have and eventually, you will reach your goal.
Is your goal realistic? Nowadays so many people emphasise going above and beyond, to the point where if we don’t meet certain criteria we have failed as a person.
This is essentially the way of thinking social media has valued, creating a sort of mindset bent on the idea of acquiring materialistic objects to validate you as a human.
This mindset isn’t the healthiest but if things do add value to you and make you a happier person then that’s perfectly fine. Always aim to make materialistic objects work in your favour, not by using them as an extension of you but as a tool to help you gain an even greater goal.
For example, a photographer needs a good camera to take quality photos. A chef or culinary enthusiast should have at least one good cookbook as a means to create delicious meals, or an aspiring artist should invest in a good set of tools for drawing out sketches. Without beating around the bush, even more, being realistic means to use what you have to reach your goal.
How long does it take to reach your goal? Time-bound, in short, means the exact time it’ll take you to achieve your goal. With every plan, minor changes are made along the way, which is fine but always remember your end goal.
Even if that end goal starts to change as you change as a person these steps to achieving your goals do not. Use them regardless of where you start and you’ll eventually end up where you want to.
These SMART principles aren’t hindrances for growth but rather an aid. As you move up the ladder of success and your achievements increase, you will alter the hand which you were dealt with and have more and more tools at your disposal. So use these SMART principles as a means of attaining smaller goals that are essentially stepping stones towards achieving the bigger goal.
By implementing the SMART principles your actions, as a consequence of thought, will be a lot more purposeful, which will increase the likely-hood of you achieving your goals. With that said, I wish you the best in all your endeavours.
As always I hope that you’ve gained some guidance and something of value from this post. Feel free to email or message me on social media regarding any topics you may want me to discuss on my next blog post. All links are on my home page. Until next time, keep questioning, keep being contemplative and always be mindful.