How I Discovered the Law of Attraction
My reply to another post made me think about this, so I thought I'd share.
Ten years ago, I graduated from college. A year before graduation, we had an assignment to come up with our one, five, and ten year goals. Although the idea was to better prepare us for graduating and going out into the real world to start our professional careers, we were to include all areas of our lives with as much detail as possible. I don't remember the specifics of what I wrote, but I do remember that the instructor told me I needed to be a little more "realistic" about my five year goals with respect to my career. Apparently he thought they were a little too ambitious.
I must have had naivety on my side, because it didn't even phase me. I had already started college, dropped out, then started back several years later. It eventually took me six years to get a bachelor's degree because I kept changing my major. But by that point in that class, I was fairly confident in my direction. I didn't know the specifics, but I had a general idea of what I wanted, and was heading that direction come hell or high water. I held on to what I had developed of my ideal future.
The very next semester I was chosen by another instructor to be one of three people selected to do an experimental class. I absolutely loved it, and excelled at it. The experience gave me more focus; my ideal career was gaining clarity.
Talking with a friend about this experimental class, what I was doing, and how much I loved it, he mentioned that there was a position being created where he worked and it sounded very much like something right up my alley. I pursued it. It turned out that the job was already being advertised, and that this position was being advertised as needing a degree and several year's experience. I should mention that this was a state job and so had many rules and regulations on the process of hiring someone. The position not only required a degree, but there were rules about the person matching the ad. Since they advertised the job needing a degree and having experience, it seemed I was out of luck as I had neither. Even if they did end up wanting to hire me, it didn't seem they would be able to. I forged ahead.
That night I wrote my resume and cover letter and hand delivered it the next day to the director himself. He nodded his head towards an in-box on the edge of his desk and said that those were the resumes right there, but that I was too late as the deadline for resumes had closed the day before and could not except anymore - another rule. I leaned forward, smiled, and dropped my resume on the top of his stack. He smiled back, so I thanked him for his time, shook his hand and left.
I got a call for an interview, interviewed (which is a small story in itself), and found out that not only was this job every thing I could have dreamed up, but it was more. The only thing was that I found out that whoever they decided to hire would be starting January first. This meant I would still have one semester of college before I graduated and would be technically partially eligible for the position.
I found out through my friend that the position was between me and one other person, and that since he had the qualifications and met the requirements of the ad that he would likely get the job. The thing was, they really liked this guy, and he had a lot of other experience that could be used elsewhere. They ended up creating a second position that was a slightly better one with a little more money and offered it to him. If he took it, that meant I was next up for my dream job. Of course he took it, so they offered me my dream job. The director ended up calling in all sorts of favors, so I ended up hired with a contingency in my contract that upon June first I would be terminated if I did not have my degree - which I got.
A few years later, office politics started getting the better of me so I started looking to move on. I'd done a little part time work for someone, so contacted them and convinced them there was enough work for me to do full time, and that they should hire me. Hire me they did. They weren't really sure what I was going to do, but did agree that they needed someone like me. That gave me to opportunity to make the job what I wanted it to be.
Over the next year and a half, I was doing such a good job, they kept hiring me people to produce more and more of the same results for them. I ended up with twelve full time and nearly one hundred part time people under me.
Here I was, three years out from college and I'd achieved my five year goal. In three years I'd accomplished what I was told was too ambitious to accomplish in five.
While I worked very hard, I played even harder. I ended up throwing around too much money, running up too much consumer debt, and drinking way too much too often. I started getting more and more depressed, as things seemly fell apart around me. It was at this point I was involved in a pretty serious accident, which nearly took my life - thus my user name (and another story). Although this marked the beginning of my turning point, things still got worse before they got better.
I went from being a "happy-go-lucky-life-of-the-party" drunk to a "mean-and-bitter" one. My job was a government contract and so was "soft money," meaning at any time they could pull the plug or we could not get the funding renewed. The funding started falling off and we started laying off people. The stress of living like a rock star added to the stress of an unstable job and it got to be too much.
So I started longing for a simpler job, one where work wasn't so fast paced, and where there was a little more security. A few months later, just that job fell into my lap. This was about five years ago.
Now, up until this point, I had no idea of the Law of Attraction. I had no idea what was going on. I do remember becoming a whiny little b**** about what was going on around me. All I saw was my failures, and I remember asking myself many, many times, "What the heck is wrong with me?" Yet, at the same time, I noticed that I was fairly successful in my career - at the time it was the only success.
It was during this time that I picked up this roommate who's Mr. Positive Thinker. He saw me depressed way to often, and always dysthymic, and starts telling me about positive thinking. It gets me to start paying attention to what's going on, and I start realizing that I'm always thinking about the negative, always noticing what's going wrong around me. It was also around this time that I decided I was going to make a concerted effort to better myself, so I started cleaning up my diet a bit and working out - nothing drastic, but I felt I had to do something.
It was about this time two years ago when things kind of clicked with me. I figured out that with me always asking myself "What the heck is wrong with me?", that my subconscious was going to work on finding answers to the question. I started noticing a more positive attitude within myself in general as I started noticing the results of taking care of myself. I started forcing myself to stop thinking negatively. I remember it was two years ago because there was another friend of mine who used to talk to me about this stuff - about believing in yourself, about striving for goals that were positive. I remember because he was killed just before Christmas, and I had been thinking about him a lot, and how I was starting to understand the things he was telling me.
I'd also tried to quit smoking several times, unsuccessfully, until I finally got fed up enough to have it stick. How I finally quit was instead of focusing on "not smoking," on "quitting smoking," on how I "couldn't smoke," I started focusing on the reasons I wanted to quit. I thought about this better version of me that I was wanting to become.
Last summer made one year of not smoking, and I started realizing that through focusing on what I wanted, I got it. By focusing on not smoking, I was getting smoking, but by focusing on becoming a healthier and more in control me, I was becoming a healthier and more in control me. Mr. Positive Thinking had turned me on to Wayne Dyer, and this absolutely wonderful quote of his, "The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind." That really, really hit home with me so I started off by Googling that quote. From there I found Steve Pavlina's site and read a few of his articles, and read about the Law of Attraction. Bam, there it was.
Looking back now, I can see that the state of my life, was in fact, reflecting the state of my mind. That everything that I thought about I got - good and bad. That the success in my career was due to me naturally and instinctively following the Law of Attraction. I'd tried for years to get out of debt, yet a few years ago when I started reading books on wealth, suddenly my debt started shrinking. Instead of focusing on my debt, I was focusing on creating my wealth - the Law of Attraction is working. Instead of wondering what's wrong with me, I wondered what I could do to make myself better - the Law of Attraction is working.
For me, there's no question that the Law of Attraction works.
Great story. I've still got all that ahead of me, so it's good to hear that people's dreams are coming true.
When my goals are fulfilled, I hope to write a story just like yours.
I was really moved by what you wrote and I can relate in some ways to what you went through. The quote by Wayne Dyer is so powerful. It's makes me ponder some of the most recent situations in my life. I'm sort of speechless right now. Hmmm...
But I agree. The law of attraction DOES work :)
Wreck I am very new to the Law of Attraction, but for the little I know it has been working.
Money Problems seems to be melting away, I thought I could not get a house because of my credit, but that is all I thought about how good it felt to in my own home.
Yesterday I went into a contract where I am doing a rent-to-buy option.
Law Of Attraction works!!!
LOA worked on many goals that i have set so far. I usually placed my written goals infront of my working desk so that i see them all the time . I also did some Fengshui so that the surrounding of my working area intensifies the feeling of achieving those goals.
Also no more sad movie, horror movie for me . Those movies will drain your mind energy , make you feeling down all day and losing productivity .
what was the job about ?
All, if you look at my story, it isn't about just getting what I wanted. I also got stuff I didn't want. Anyone should be able to look at their lives at any point and time, take notice of the conditions around them, and see how they attracted those conditions - good and/or bad. The point is to take responsibility for these conditions, decide to practice "right thinking," and learn to make the world around you what you want it to be. This is where I'm at and what I'm trying to learn.
It's taken me 30+ years to create my current life. I just wonder how quickly I'll be able to get the ball rolling and notice my world around me evolve.
Thanks for sharing Wreck!
I see myself in some of that. I am at a crucial turning point in my job situation where it is time for me to manifest my right and perfect occupation. I have lived a lie at work for a long, long, time in the name of being responsible and paying my bills. Now it is time for me to surrender this tale, and replace it with the truth of who I really am, and what my capabilities are. I believe that it is possible to do what you love. I want to do what is needed to attract that to me now.
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