Here’s a something that might surprise you: Despite my ongoing quest to live a remarkable life, the truth is I’ve never been a big fan of the whole “Law of Attraction” movement, and here’s why: I can’t stand the way it’s been served up to the masses – sort of like “fast food” for the mind – over the past few years. I believe this all began when Oprah recommended that silly book (and bloody awful “movie”) called “The Secret” thereby sending her legions of follows off to Wal Mart to pick up a copy so they too, could live just like O.
What’s that? You aren’t familiar with “The Secret”? Come again? You don’t watch OWN? Have you been living under a rock the past few years? Don’t you know the profound wisdom inside this powerful life-changing book can change your life in an instant? What’s that? You don’t like to read? Not to worry! For $10 they will sell you a downloadable “film” of the concepts so that – with virtually zero effort on your behalf, other than your ability to absorb utter crap – you too can join the beautiful people and get everything you’ve ever wanted, all by learning… The Secret!
Here’s the deal: “The Secret” is a bunch of “experts” who insist that anyone can get anything that they want (everything from a Rock Star parking space to an exotic beach holiday) simply by focusing on it, and by believing that the universe will turn around and serve it up to them on a silver platter, no questions asked. I first became skeptical that this might not be completely accurate the day after I read this book (recommended to me by a zealot of “O”) because for some reason the Porsche didn’t show up in my driveway the next morning, my bank account didn’t magically grow one dollar, nor did I wake with a full head of hair. In fact, after 2 1/2 years of “focusing on” and “putting my intentions out to the universe” for these things, remarkably I still drive a Toyota, have to earn my own money and as far as the hair goes… are you kidding me?
At first I thought I was starting out “too big”, but after years of trying this magical method, the reality of it is that I can’t even manage to “focus” up a couple of eggs and toast in the morning! No wonder I’m addicted to coffee!
And therein lies the problem: Yes, the world wants you to have all you truly want, and yes it takes focus; but it also takes commitment, sacrifice and dedication to manifest things into our lives – steps “The Secret” conveniently leaves out. And why would they be so erroneous as to neglect to inform readers of these important steps to creating the lives of their dreams? Simple; because being “wishing”, “hoping” and “focusing”, these latter steps all require work and effort – things that most t.v. addicted daydreamers would never even consider, let alone indulge in. “The Secret” caters to the “Lotto” crowd – those who want it all but don’t want to do any work to get it, and this book (and movie) say it’s possible. And with so many slothful, gullible couch potatoes out there – many chowing down on a super-sized Big Mac Meals but “focusing” on being thin and fit – it’s no wonder this thing is a best selling runaway success. It’s like taking sheep to the slaughter, and pulling a ten spot off each one before the axe comes down.
Now to be fair, despite having trashed “The Secret”, I will say that I truly do believe in the core message and underlying principle behind the “Law of Attraction”, being the message that anyone can manifest the things we want to have into our lives, if we are willing to (a) focus, (b) follow a few steps and (c) do the work required to make it all happen. Again, my problem with how this message is delivered by “The Secret” is it neglect steps (b) & (c), glossing them over with glossing images and “When you wish upon a star” philosophies in order to more palatable to suck in the masses in order to get them to shell out their cash on this rubbish. If the book / movie actually got into the importance of hard work and discipline, they’d loose 95% of these people in a heart beat, because hard work and discipline “just ain’t their thang”.
Wise people know it takes much more than just “putting intentions out to the universe” or “wishing” to have the important things we want to have come into our lives; but we also understand that while these two steps important and critical beginnings to any goal achievement, they are merely planting the seeds of what it is we want to do or have. After that it’s up to us to nurture, develop and grow these ideas through our actions, until they become the fully developed things that we want to have in our lives. Wise people also understand it takes time, planning, sacrifice and commitment to create great things – both material and immaterial – and they are prepared to take those steps in order to make them happen – slothful people aren’t. For Example:
- One can “focus” on a holiday in Mexico, but until actions to book it and pay for it are taken, it’s just a “wish”
- One can “focus” on being a “non-smoker”, but until actions are taken to actually stop smoking, it’s just a “wish”
- One can “focus” on being debt-free”, but until a plan is made and debt is actually paid down – and off – it’s just a “wish”
And so on, and so on it goes.
The bottom line is this: Don’t be a sucker and believe that good things come to those who just “focus” and “put it out to the universe to handle” – trust me, despite what her endorsement of “The Secret” is, or was Oprah Winfrey didn’t become one of the wealthiest women in the world by doing those first two steps, then sitting back and waiting for the dough to pile in – she worked her ass off to get where she is today, something “The Secret” neglects to tell it’s cult following.
I suggest you see this book (and others of it’s ilk) exactly for what they are – fast food for lazy minds. They are designed to make the sale by tricking uninitiated people into believing they can have big successful lives full of good stuff, all by day dreaming; and the truth is that the only thing that these suckers manifest is negative ten bucks out of their wallets! If you want to achieve something – anything at all – by all means, put your intentions out to the universe and focus on it… just don’t forget to do the follow up work actually required to bring it to fruition.
And with that, I’m done – almost. I want to leave you with a bloody humorous – and pretty accurate – look at “The Secret” from a couple of Aussie comics. Check it out: