Deciding What You Want
A lot of people think the Law of Attraction is summed up like this: “What you think about, what you focus on, and what you do, will show up in your life, for good or bad.”
In other words, like attracts like.
But although there is truth in that saying, the Law of Attraction offers us much more. The Law of Attraction allows us to actually choose what we want, and gives us a way to get it, by using simple techniques of goal-setting, visualization, and planning our future.
This is possible because our subconscious mind connects us to the bigger universe (to God, if you like) and allows us to tell the universe what we want. And that connection also gives us the way to get what we want.
In other words, your subconscious mind’s connection to the universal Law of Attraction means you can get what you want, have what you want, do what you desire, and be whatever you want.
How amazing is that?
The universe is constantly responding to every single thought, word and deed you have ever created or will ever create. So why don’t we all live a perfect life, then, you may ask!
The problem is that so few of us are focused on what we want or need. Most of us think about what we DO NOT want!
In other words, we think about our fears. Of being short of money, of being out of a job, of not being able to provide for family, of being alone, of being ill, unpopular, inadequate …. and so on, and on, and on, and on.
And that kind of thinking keeps us locked in fear of what might happen. It keeps us away from what we really do want to have happen in our lives. And also, we often have deep-seated limiting beliefs which stop us getting things too. (Such as: I’m not worth it, It’ll never happen for me, I can’t do it…. that kind of thing, in a million forms…)
To get what you desire, want and need, that way of thinking has to change.
And that’s what’s so wonderful and so strange: the universal Law of Attraction gives us the power to be everything we want to be, yet so few of us ever use it.
So How Do We Get What We Want?
With just with a few simple steps:
Start by identifying what you want – what you really, really want!
Almost nobody has a vision for their life. It takes time, and it’s often not so easy to know what you really want.
I mean, we’d all like a new car, a big house, a soul-mate, and a comfortable life….. or would we? Is that really what you truly desire, deep down? Or in fact do you simply want a life that would make you happy and fulfilled, and provide for your needs?
But whatever you think (or hopefully know) you want, setting your vision for the future is always a great first step.
So maybe you really need to think about your deepest desire before you go any further.
To have enough money to pay off your debts? To be in a soul-mate relationship? To have a new house? To be able to follow your heart’s desire?
Think about that now for a few minutes. Your vision can shape the rest of your life
What is A Vision?
A vision is a way of picturing in detail the kind of life you’d like to live, the kind of person you’d like to be, the kind of thing you’d like to be doing in anything from three months time to 5 or 10 years’ time… or longer. Having a vision is fundamental to making the Law of Attraction work for you.
The usefulness of a vision is that it gives your mind an objective.
A vision effectively sets a blueprint for your future which your subconscious mind can immediately begin to work towards – provided you do certain things which are necessary to help your mind achieve it.
This is a vital part of how Law Of Attraction principles work.
If you want to know the difference between a vision and goals, think of it this way: goals are the smaller steps that you take on the way to a bigger vision.
For me, the important thing is that you can believe what you’re trying to achieve.
So although your vision might seem impossible, and far out of reach, you can get round that difficulty by setting goals which are challenging but achievable.
Each goal you achieve will take you on to the next step in your journey towards your vision.
So to take one example, if Colonel Sanders had had the vision of worldwide fried chicken empire called KFC, he might not have been able to believe this would ever be a reality.
But what he certainly could do (and we know he could do it because he actually went out and did it) was to sell his fried chicken recipe to a restaurant which would pay him a small amount of money for every meal they served.
Perhaps his goal was simply to sell his fried chicken recipe to one restaurant. We’ll never know, but the point is that even if he had the bigger vision of a worldwide fried chicken empire, all he needed to get him going on the road to that vision was a goal that seemed achievable.
And so your challenge is to come up with the vision of your life and the goals that will take you to it.
You’ll see a lot of people suggest that your goals need to be massive – Anthony Robbins falls into this category. He talks about having a vision which is so big and so all-consuming that it’s way beyond anything you’ve achieved so far in life.
But then you’ll see other people who seem equally knowledgeable about goal-setting who suggest that you should set a goal which is a stretch, but is within your reach.
I know this causes people a lot of confusion, but I think there’s a simple explanation which fits exactly with the Law Of Attraction.
When we discuss limiting beliefs, you’ll quickly see how the beliefs you hold about yourself can interfere with your ability to achieve your goals and vision.
You see, if you believe you can achieve something like building a worldwide fried chicken empire (or becoming President of the United States), then there’s no block.
But if you believe that all you’re capable of is selling your fried chicken recipe to one restaurant, then to try anything more than that, at least to start with, might be pointless.
Your limiting beliefs will stop you succeeding.
But when you sell your recipe to one restaurant, then you can set a bigger goal of selling it to 10. And progressively, as you get used to the idea of achieving success, you’ll find yourself able to believe in the vision of a worldwide fried chicken empire.
This is what is meant by the saying “Nothing succeeds like success.”
(And as a kind of cosmic insurance policy, Marc Allen suggests that at the end of every goal you say “this or something better is now manifesting in totally satisfying and harmonious ways, for the highest good of all.)
The Next Step In Reality Creation and Manifesting Your Desires
The next step in manifesting a different way of life by using Law of Attraction principles is for you to set out your goals as a kind of blueprint: they need to be clear, measurable and identifiable.
You should have around two or three major goals at any given time – that certainly seems to be a manageable number for most people.
It allows you to come up with a short simple plan about how yo can achieve every major goal, summarized clearly on one page. (Forming a plan to achieve a goal does not involve writing a business plan or a 45 page document!)
This is a simple and straightforward plan for your use only, and its purpose is to remind your subconscious mind that you desire these goals.
Putting your plan on a piece of paper is going to reinforce that fact for your subconscious.
For the purposes of the subconscious mind, trying to create or manifest something using Law of Attraction principles requires simplicity of expression.
You must put an instruction to your subconscious mind in a clear and simple way. That’s something like the level of complexity you’d use when giving an instruction to a five-year-old child.
Then your subconscious mind will say “yes”, and instantly set about finding how your desired reality can be created in the world around you.
Note that your subconscious mind is willing to support you in whatever it is you wish to achieve, but the responsibility for setting out to achieve it is always yours. Nobody else is going to do this work for you.
One possibility is to form a simple one-page plan for each of your major goals as the starting point to attraction them with the universal law.
As I emphasized before, the exact process that you follow for manifesting reality, for accumulating the things you want, is under your control, so that it’s entirely possible you may prefer to have a detailed plan. Fair enough.
This is all about doing whatever it is makes it most likely for you to be able to manifest your goals in the shortest possible time.
Start by writing your plan for achieving your goals in your own words – do it simply! In fact, make the complex simple, and make it resonate for you. You see, the thing about this process is that written words are very powerful.
A Recap Of Goal Setting
You started with your ideal scene, and that ideal scene contains a variety of goals, hopefully now listed on another page or two, and goals rewritten in the form of affirmations.
If you make a single page plan for every major goal, they will manifest in quick time in a mysterious way that always seems mysterious and inexplicable.
Indeed, simply writing a one-page plan of action is enough to give a signal to the subconscious mind that action is now required.
Video: You And Your Goals
Accordingly, your subconscious will begin to manifest the circumstances and coincidences and events that you need to bring your goal into reality.
When you’ve written your one-page plan, there are more things that you can do to make it into a reality for your subconscious.
One of the first things that you can do is to set out some reasons why this goal is important to you.
What are your highest spiritual reasons for wanting whatever it is that you’ve set forth as a goal? And what strategies might you employ to reach it?
If you break down these criteria, you could ask yourself a number of questions like:
- Why are you in this business?
- Why do you want to have these particular objectives?
- Why do you want to be a certain way?
- Why do you want to have these particular things?
- What accomplishments do you need to bring about to be successful?
- What specific actions will you take over time to bring these about?
- What will you do when you have achieved the things you want?
Again, the point of these questions is to bring to your own attention the factors that are important about manifesting a goal for you.
Remember that when you write down anything, you’re sending a clear message to your subconscious – and via your subconscious to the universe.
It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that when you do this you actually send the message out to every single person on this planet, including all the ones who might be able to help you achieve whatever it is you’re trying to get hold of.
So writing down your goal on a piece of paper turns it from a dream into an intention.
This indicates your seriousness about achieving a particular outcome in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all.
And now bear in mind that the universe, having got this instruction, is going to start offering you possibilities for achieving it.
This is the point at which you must take action of some kind.
If different opportunities or different possibilities for action present themselves, then it’s up to you to choose between them, or indeed to try more than one.
Sooner or later, one of them will actually produce the outcome that you desired, so by setting a clear intention, you cause your mind to start looking for opportunities rather than obstacles and problems.
It’s almost as though what you think about actually expands to fill the mental space available – and then some!
Because the amount of mental space available to you is infinite – it’s the space of the entire universe.
So when your intention has become solid, it’s much easier for the universe to manifest the reality that you need to bring it into being. It’s also much easier for your subconscious mind to follow the law of attraction and bring it to you.
Now of course having written your ideal scene, listed your goals, and affirmations, practiced affirming those goals regularly, and written a one-page plan for each of your major goals, you still need to keep going over and over the information you’ve put together.
As you go over them, you can keep them current by changing them as necessary.
You might want to do this as often as once a month, or you might want to do it as infrequently as once a year. What it is important to know about, however, is your main financial goal for the next 12 months.
By having a single figure in mind, your subconscious gets clarity and you definitely have a target which it can manifest much more easily than if you phrased your desired outcome in vague generalities.
Interestingly enough, one of the limitations that you might come across here is that you’ll get what you project, i.e. you’ll get what you ask for – and that might limit you. It may be that if you set your objectives higher, then you can achieve more.
On the other hand, if you set your objectives too high, then you may find you don’t believe they are achievable, and that can certainly kill them stone dead.
You see, specific numerical goals are something the subconscious mind loves, because they are clear and precise and unambiguous.
With an unambiguous objective, your mind will produce all sorts of ideas about how you can achieve it.
Sometimes people who are beginning to manifest their reality in this way feel overwhelmed by what they’re trying to do. That’s actually quite natural for almost anyone trying something that is beyond their previous experience.
Yet as Mark Twain so rightly said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started, and the secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable ones, and then getting started on the first one of those.”
It’s important that this doesn’t become a burden! It’s important you actually continue to enjoy your life, because, well, that’s what life is for.
And remember that whatever you are trying to achieve, is not the be -all and end-all of life!
Another extremely important aspect of life is relaxation, and it’s up to you to ensure that you manifest relaxation and enjoy life by taking time to relax, and to do the things that you enjoy doing.
You don’t need to kill yourself in your attempt to achieve your goals!