By Sherry Winn
I recently talked to a 23-year-old woman who was disgusted with the law of attraction. She claimed it didn’t work, so I asked her, “Why do you think it doesn’t work?”
“I’ve been trying to attract a new life, and I’m still living my old one,” she said.
So I asked her what she has done differently to attract a new life, and she told me,
“I’ve worked on changing my mindset. I focus on what I want, not what I don’t want. I’ve visualized. I’ve meditated. I’ve said affirmations and little has changed.”
“How long have you been working at changing your mindset?” I asked.
She crossed her arms, sighed in exasperation and said, “Six months.”
Having an attitude like hers is nothing new. We want what we want when we want it. We live in a society where we can get a complete meal in two minutes, order a book on Kindle and receive it within seconds, and TiVo our favorite shows so we can fast forward through unwanted commercials. We think we should attract what we desire in seconds, in minutes or at least in six months.
I understood frustration. She made a decision and then made a commitment to change her habits. She knew the importance of creating the right mindset and the necessary steps to create that mindset.
When I asked what action steps she had taken to change her life, she responded, “I’ve changed my mindset.”
But what she didn’t understand is the law of attraction also involves the “Law of Right Action.” It is not just about creating the right thinking; it is about taking the right action steps, too.
For years I imagined my perfect body weight. I pasted an athletic body on a vision board with a trim waist, muscular biceps and skinny thighs, and then superimposed my head on the body. I visualized my perfect body weight. I read my affirmations with positive feelings. I changed my diet. I exercised. I did nutritional cleanses. What happened? My weight continued to climb. And I got angry. I did all the things I was supposed to do, and I got the opposite of what I desired. I was on the edge of believing this law of attraction thing was for the birds.
Yet I persisted. I continued to have faith. Finally, a friend tossed out the idea my thyroid might not be working correctly. I did a blood and saliva test and discovered my adrenals and thyroid were malfunctioning, which causes weight gain, fatigue and depression. Even though I had been taking action steps, I hadn’t been taking the right ones for me. I kept doing the wrong things over and over again expecting new results. I was acting, but not in the right way. When I corrected my supplements, I saw immediate weight loss.
This is critical to understand. The law of attraction gets you in the right mindset, which allows you to take action. Most people never take the first step because they can’t get beyond their minds. Once you have faith, believing you will get what you want, it is much easier to take action. Then you must take the “right” action. If you don’t take the right action, you will do what I did, and just keep getting better at getting worse, which drives you straight to frustration and doubt.
It was actually through the law of attraction that I attracted that friend who had the answer for me!
There is no doubt about that in my mind, yet I still had to take the right actions to get the best outcomes. If you are not getting what you want and you have the right mindset, check your action steps.
Success is just an inch away from where you are.
Sherry Winn is an author, EFT Practitioner, Certified Law of Attraction and Master Life Coach and a motivational speaker, whose topics include “Making the Impossible Possible,” “Loving Challenges,” and “Catching Your Dreams.” As a former elite athlete competing at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988 in the sport of team handball and head collegiate coach for 23 years, she possesses a deep passion for helping others become motivated to reach their highest levels of success.
Winn overcame her fears and limitations when she contracted chronic pain at the age of 33 and was told by 17 different medical professionals there was no answer. Through books, meditation, mentors and Webinars, she discovered the power of healing through positive thinking.
To receive a free 50-minute Law of Attraction coaching session, or more information about Winn, she can be contacted by email at email@example.com, through her website at www.ucancreatesuccess.com or on Facebook.
See, this is where I think you’re mistaken. I’m a firm believer in the LoA, and when people say, for instance, in the hopes of losing weight,”LoA takes action as well!”, and then starts dieting/exercising… OF COURSE THEY’RE GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT. Then they go off and start saying things like, “Hey, so I totally lost weight using my mind.” No. No they didn’t. They changed their eating habits. That has nothing to do with Law of Attraction. Using your mind and positive thinking, and believing you’re living the life, currently, which you want to live, are the only steps you need to take.