Recently I got into a discussion about The Secret. Yes, I’m a bit behind, the book came out in 2006. But it’s amazing how many people still swear by the book.
Just in case you’ve been living under the rock, the book works on the idea that energy attracts similar energy to it. So if you’re relentlessly positive, then health, wealth, happiness will all appear for you. Take it a bit further, visualise what you want, and it will appear.
There’s a grain of truth in this. Taking a moment to clearly think about what you want is quite powerful. The same thing works in reverse with worry dolls. You tell them your worries before you go to sleep, and miraculously you aren’t worried any more. But it’s not the dolls, it’s taking the time to articulate your worries, then sleep on the problem, which often helps you work things out without being aware of it.
Having a clear goal gives you a place to aim all your energies. But then you have to get out there and make it happen! Create opportunities, make time to improve your skills, meet people who can help you.
My favourite motivational motto is “if it was easy, everyone would do it”. Get out there and hustle.
What’s your personal road to success? Do you have motivational tricks that help?
2 thoughts on “Visualising success vs working for it”
I personally believe that “The Secret” is a dangerous book to live by. I totally agree with the idea that positive thoughts and having a vision help you accomplish your goals but you cannot succeed without failing. I think that people who believe that nonsense face anxiety and depression when they don’t get what they want.
What I usually do when I’m facing fear of failure is leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability. I focus on the fact that I’m trying, so if I fail I can always cheer myself up by reminding myself that I was courageous enough to try. When I fail massively it usually takes some time to recover, but I always try to see failure as something I can learn from 🙂
I really like your blog by the way. I’m mexican, so since english is not my first language I sometimes fear having grammar mistakes and making a fool of myself when I choose to write in english, but I still do it. I’ve been learning english since I was 2 years old and I consume most movies and books in english so there are things that I just feel more confortable saying or writing in english. Anyway, thanks for your comment on my last post … it led me to your blog and I really like it 🙂
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I totally agree with everything you’re saying here! Especially about leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability. I think that can be a real opportunity for growth.
And thank you! Your English is great, I would never have known it isn’t your first language.
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