When I was younger, every now and then I would have a day when my perception was that everything was going wrong.
In short, I had got up on the wrong side of the bed and my focus was on all the bad things that had happened. This was despite there being, on reflection, many good things that I could have focused on.
The law of attraction states that like attracts like. If you operate from a place of positivity then, by and large, you will experience positive things. If you come from a place of negativity, you are likely to attract more negative experiences.
The reality for many successful people is that they have had to keep a sharp focus on managing risk and anticipating problems because it has been a large part of their responsibilities at work. But when preparing to leave employment, it is important to shift the focus from risk mode to positive mode.
Choose to be conscious of where you are operating from as you prepare to leave full-time employment and move into the next stage of your life.
If you find yourself confronted with fear, frustration, confusion and stress, it’s important to somehow find a way to move as quickly as possible towards creativity.
Focusing on the negative aspects of life is rampant in our western society. Just look at the news – very little of it is positive. As a result, many people spend a lot of time thinking about what they don’t want instead of what they do want. Yet, the more you think about something, the more likely it is to be attracted to you.
Here an exercise I have done with a lot of my clients over the years, called the reverse vision exercise. This is a simple but powerful way to invoke the law of attraction.
It involves putting yourself three, five or anywhere up to 20 years into the future and pretending you are already there.
You then look back on what you have done and achieved in the allotted time, assuming that everything you ever wanted and planned has come through.
Now, put pen to paper or start typing as if writing to an old friend about everything. I get my clients to start as follows:
Good morning… I am so happy and have gratitude for…
Pen the rest of the letter.
If you need a framework to build the letter, use the following questions related to seven forms of wealth beyond the money:
- What have you done with, and for yourself? Who have you become?
- How are the aspects of your wellbeing?
- Where are you living?
- What great relationships do you have, and have you created?
- What lifestyle have you created?
- What legacy(ies) are you leaving or have left?
- What have you created spiritually (if that is a part of your life)?
This can be a very effective way of envisioning the future and it offers a great way to tap into the law of attraction since your focus is on everything that has gone right, rather than what could go wrong.
A long-term client once completed a series of exercises with me, considered them for a few weeks and then promptly forgot about them.
Three years later he said that he had found the exercises when moving house and had been pleasantly surprised to find that he had created and was doing about 80 per cent of what he had written down on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
Setting intentions and focusing on what you want is beyond important. You attract what you focus on. So, what do you want to focus on?
Steve Mendl is author of the bestseller Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men leaving Full-Time Work. Visit beyondthemoney.com.au