We’ve all read the book titles and heard the speeches: “Think and grow rich”, “Visualization for fun and profit” and “What you pay attention to grows in your life.” But what are they really talking about? To me, they are simple expressions of what has been known by mankind for millennia. We are not only experiencing reality, but on some level we are actually its creators.
This principle is commonly called “the law of attraction” and it’s been around for so long that even the earliest religious and spiritual figures made reference to it. From Buddha and Lao Tzu to the Bible, this ancient understanding about how the universe really works is the wisdom behind modern transformational thinkers like Ernest Holmes, author of The Science of Mind, and Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
Jack Canfield, one of the great transformational leaders today and creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, says it the most simply: “The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on is what you will attract into your life.”[i]
So what are we talking about, really? What the Law of Attraction and all the other ways of putting it are saying is this: we live in a world of vibration and frequency. How you are in the world, how you show up and respond in your daily life, determines what you will experience. And what you will experience will be the people and experiences that are vibrating in a similar way. So keep track of your thoughts. When something negative comes to mind, say to yourself, “thank you for sharing, I’m in charge”. When you do that, in the words of Charles Haanel teacher of Napoleon Hill, “success will crown your efforts.”