What you focus on grows – whether you want it to or not!
People who have been learning about the Law of Attraction are fairly used to the idea that – as James Arthur Ray says – energy flows where attention goes.
In other words, as an energetic being, you have the ability to give energy to something by focusing on it, thus making that thing prosper and become fulfilled. It is an amazing ability that all of us have, but one that we normally use to manifest a bullet that we then use to shoot ourselves in the foot! 🙂
You see, the trick to manifesting what you want by using conscious creation is to realize that you are the conductor in this little play that we call life. Whenever you consistently place your attention on something, that thing will always manifest eventually – whether you actually want it to or not.
Use the example that I gave in the title of this post – the purple polka-dotted peanut. Was it even possible for you to not envision that when you read those words?
Well, your life is just like that! When you focus on something – even if it is something that you don’t want – you create an environment where it is very difficult to stop focusing on that thing.
Piece by piece over the course of your life you have built up (or allowed other people to build up for you) preconceptions of the way that things allegedly work in the world. For example:
- In order to make a lot of money, you must have a good education and also get access to a really great career opportunity.
- There are a small number of “beautiful people” in the world, but most people don’t have what it takes to grace the cover of magazines, or to become truly popular, respected, and in positions of power.
- Life is difficult, and you should expect to struggle, have hard times, and you’ll have to work very, very hard if you want to achieve personal or professional success.
Are any of those concepts ringing a bell with you? Do you recognize each and every one of them for what they truly are?
Completely unfounded beliefs that have no basis in reality.
There is absolutely no reason to believe any of those statements, or any statements even remotely like them.
- For every successful business man or woman who achieves a high level of success due to their Ivy League education, there is someone who is making just as much money on the Internet right now while sitting at home in their pajamas, and that person never even went to college.
- Every “beautiful person” who was on the cover of yesterday’s news will be on the cover of tomorrow’s tabloids because it is their “status” that is causing them to be perceived as beautiful, not their inner strength and awareness.
- For every person who is struggling through life, kicking, clawing, and biting for every inch that they have, there is someone who lives a quiet, happy life who doesn’t really care much about what goes on outside the walls of their little self-created sanctuary.
In each of these cases, the people described have no more or less “power” than any of the other people. However, each one of their paths was decided (and continues to be decided) by the beliefs that they place their focus upon.
- People who think and focus on the fact that life is a struggle will always see a struggle.
- People who think and focus on being overweight or unattractive will always feel that they ARE overweight and unattractive.
- People who think and focus on the fact that financial success comes from hard work will always find hard work waiting for them.
Each of these examples falls into the nasty realm of what we call “self-limiting beliefs”. Whether by our own hand or by the hand of cultural contamination, we have come to believe that we have limits, so we continue to give attention and focus to those limits, thus assuring that they will continue to be a part of our lives.
If you can’t even block the image of a purple polka-dotted peanut from entering your mind – even though you probably never even heard that phrase before today – how easy do you think it is going to be to undo YEARS worth of living by the code of your own self-limiting beliefs?
It is certainly possible, and in fact, not as difficult as you might think. However, it will never happen if you don’t open yourself up to the belief that you are the conductor who is orchestrating your life.
If you think and focus on the fact that your life is “messed up” in some way, then you will continue to create and recreate that reality for yourself over and over again. Whether your perceived shortcomings are financial, physical, personal, or career-based, they are your shortcomings for exactly one reason:
Because you think they are, so you continue to give your energetic focus to the fact that they are.
If your life isn’t exactly what you want it to be, don’t you think it is time that you started focusing your attention in a different way?
“You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your mind. If you fail to control your own mind, you can be sure you will control nothing else!”
– Napoleon Hill