Is the Law of Attraction the Secret of Success?

Don't read this unless you're ready for a bit of a bummer … but I promise there will be a payoff at the end, with a useful lesson on how you can get more of what you want in your life.

Why do some people effortlessly attract abundance — wonderful friends, enviable wealth, a lifestyle to dream about — into their lives … while others toil and slave away with little-to-no reward or recognition?

If you’ve read the book or watched the movie The Secret, you're undoubtedly aware of something called the Law of Attraction.

Put simply, the Law of Attraction states that what you think about — both consciously and unconsciously — creates the life around you.

If you think about how you're creating lasting wealth for yourself … how amazing people will find you and become your friends … how you'll live a long and happy life … the Law of Attraction says it's only a matter of time before these things materialize in your life.

On the other hand, if you're always thinking about how terrible the world is … how fear and greed and corruption are destroying our society … how you can't get ahead no matter how hard you try … then according to the Law of Attraction, that negativity will dominate your life.

Is The Law Of Attraction True?

The Law of Attraction is a seductive idea.

You create your reality. Do you want amazing riches? Just create them. Do you want a wonderful spouse? Just attract one. Do you want the world? It's yours, on a silver platter.

I've even heard the story of a woman who was deeply in debt and struggling in all areas of her life, who decided according to the Law of Attraction, she'd be in much better shape if she could just come up with $50,000. Well, guess what … The next day she got a call that her estranged husband had a $50,000 check with her name on it.

Powerful stuff.

But, what if you try it and the Law of Attraction doesn't work in your life?

The gurus behind the Law of Attraction dismiss this easily, saying it's your own fault. You have subconscious thoughts sabotaging your success. It's something you're doing or thinking that's causing the problem — because the Law of Attraction is a universal law, like gravity. It just is.

I challenge that assertion … but don’t want to “throw the baby out with the bath water” as they say.

Here’s my take on it:

There may be factors preventing the Law of Attraction from working in ideal ways in your life. These include your brain chemistry, level of intellectual or emotional development, relationships, natural disasters, cultural and political trends, environmental toxins, and essentially the many things that make up the context of your everyday life.

But, all these things don't mean you're powerless.

In fact, in recognizing them, you have even more power. Because you can recognize your strengths (and limitations), and grow where you can.

There is a space in your life where the Law of Attraction has all the power the gurus say it does, and maybe more.

Because there is a powerful truth hidden in the Law of Attraction.

You have an incredible force inside you that allows you to CO-create your reality, alongside all the factors I mentioned above and more.

And most of us (myself included), put limits on ourselves that fall far short of what we're capable of. In fact, most people reading this CAN attract wonderful friends, enviable wealth, and a lifestyle to dream about into their lives, in spite of any weaknesses. From using the Law of Attraction and a little "elbow grease."

That's the beauty of living in the time we live in, with the resources at our disposal.

How to Apply This in Your Life

If you want to apply the secret of the Law of Attraction in your life, I encourage you to do so.

Take time to recognize what you really do want. Clear out the negative “don’ts” and limiting beliefs that are sabotaging your success. Picture yourself in a future where you already have what you want. And, move forward with all of this in your mind, acting in a way that helps to create these things in your life.

Remember, too, that action is important. Without taking action toward getting what you desire, you're playing against the odds. But, if in every waking moment, you're moving one step closer to what you desire — not matter how small the step — it is only a matter of time before you achieve it.

And, if you run into a roadblock based on a limitation in your life, a roadblock preventing you from getting any closer to your goal along that path, it's okay. Recognize the roadblock for what it is, and decide if you need to take another route, or revise your goals.

Yet, by creating a vision in your mind of what it is you wish to achieve and attract into your life, and by doing the work to bring that vision to fruition, you can achieve great things.

My Little Law of Attraction Secret

It makes me a little uncomfortable to reveal this in such a public forum, but I'm going to do it anyway because I think it illustrates an important point.

Just under five years ago, with little-to-no knowledge of the Law of Attraction, I started putting a powerful energy out into the world.

I made a promise in front of a few family members that I'd have over one million dollars in assets within 10 years. I had no clue how it would happen. I had no reason to believe it would. But I put it out there, and when questioned, I stuck to the fact that IT WOULD HAPPEN.

 … Even though I don't have a silver spoon in my mouth. Even though I don't have an easy way to make myself a millionaire. Even though there is no precedent in my family or in my close circle of friends that says I should be able to make this happen. Even though I have my own little quirks and problems like ADHD that make it more difficult on a day-to-day basis to stay focused on working toward my goal.

Because of all these limitations, I realized I'd have to work harder to make my vision of my future come true.

For one, I recognized that if I want to make this happen, I need to learn how to make a million dollars. So I set out to learn everything I could about sales and marketing, and how other people have made personal fortunes and found financial freedom through industries like self-publishing. I learned that not only is it possible, there are specific models you can follow that give you a high probability of success.

At the same time, I started to meet with and get to know many people who had done it themselves — who had generated over a million dollars in assets for themselves, through whatever means. I asked them about how they did it. What worked for them; what didn’t?

And now I'm working to apply these things in my life.

Am I at a million yet? No, far from it, in fact. But every year since then, my income has risen dramatically — tripling in less than five years, and still growing. I've learned a few ways to make passive income, and am expanding those. And, I've just started working for myself full-time, to accelerate the rate at which I put these principles into play in my life.

It's been a lot of work. It's been hard to balance family, social commitments, and other similar things — although I've tried and done at least an okay job of it. And, I've had to work my way through my fair share of roadblocks, although I must say it's been pretty easy so far (knock on wood).

Yet I can see the results building and building. And, it's just a matter of time before the Law of Attraction does pay off, and because the context of my life is in line with what I want and because I'm working to make it happen, I will reach my goal.

And once I do that (and even in the meantime), I'll continue to use the secret of the Law of Attraction in my life, thanking my lucky stars every day to be living in a world where I have the privileges of opportunity and freedom that allow me to make it work.

How about you? Are you applying the Law of Attraction in your life, and how is it working? Tell your story as a comment here.

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Published: March 2, 2010

8 Responses to “Is the Law of Attraction the Secret of Success?”

  1. Roy, very well stated. I completely agree with this Law of Attraction (and have seen it work in my life). And there is nothing like proclaiming your goal to others to make you live up to your dreams.

    I've only met you once, Roy, at Copywriter Bootcamp, but my first impression is that you're the kind of guy who will make your goal of having a million dollars in 10 years. You're an inspiration to us all.

    Gary Hennerberg

    Gary HennerbergMarch 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

  2. I once lost my job. I sat down and wrote a letter. I said I had just got out of prison, I had become a christian and was turning my life around and I had the rudimentary skills of a bookkeeper. I then asked one question, "Based on your expertise, what would you suggest I do." I then sent it directly to CEO's of several Chicago companies. I was hired over the phone (sight unseen) by Leo Burnett USA, 6 months later Northwestern University answered and hired me as an Accounting Clerk.

    ScotirishMarch 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  3. I agree with you, and that is what is happening to me -- I've gotten things from AWAI and even Nick's website -- now things are starting to come together and although on the website, its starting to come together, and the thoughts of what I want in there. It has gotten me to the point where I'm leaving my soom to be ex-career because of not being able to work for me. Its been baby step by baby step but am getting there. Thank you for sharing this story.

    Barb MMarch 3, 2010 at 6:10 am

  4. Hi Roy. I live in a country where crime, politics and poverty create major obstacles to peoples abilities to acheive their dreams - South Africa.
    I'm a single, working mom, and I felt like life was passing me by as I worked 8 - 5 in an office every day. One day I wrote down my 'ideal life' and saved it on my laptop. I took a few tentative steps 'unconciously' at first, towards that dream - I think just writing it down helped. Amazingly, things started to happen and as I find myself in a better position, I am able to take more action. It really does work. Yesterday (1 and a half years after writing down my dream) I resigned from my job, and am now working from home.

    BLP-CTMarch 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

  5. Roy, Of late I too have been reading up on the Law of Attraction.It does work and yes it is universal. Unfortunately it can work both ways positive and negative. I experienced the negative side for the past 8 years. I keep tryig to change the way I think towards things to a more positive attitude and know that soon I will see the results and have a thriving business and less money problems than I am facing currently.

    DorsMarch 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

  6. Hi Roy,

    Karen from Eugene here. I love knowing everything is the result of law of attraction. I encourage what I like and leave behind what I don't simply by being deliberate about my thoughts and subsequent emotions.

    LOA works. The trick is working with it to manifest the life I want. Like you, I proclaimed my intended millions. Every year since, life has gotten better in every way, not just monetarily. I believe that's because I'm continually reaching for the better-feeling thought.


    karen97March 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  7. If you are going to have a chance, you must consciously send out the right energy. You must possibility think. Make it clear that you are "all in", mentally, spiritually, emotionally.

    Visualization and implemention work.
    Persistence, flexibilty,-great character attributes- they work.

    You make your luck. Successful people know what it takes and are attracted because you merit it. Obstacles fall at your feet without a fight because you are an indomidable force of nature.

    upwriterMarch 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

  8. Roy, the Law of Attraction does indeed explain my life. Understanding it better has helped me enjoy some personal evolution toward achievement of my goals and greater success.

    I trust we are not debating the existence of this Law, but rather, how to understand it more fully for which to apply it in our lives toward greater contribution to mankind, and thus personal fulfillment.

    I look forward to sharing a greater analysis of my story someday as it gives a vivid rendition of this law, as I'm sure all of our lives do if only analyzed from the perspective of this Law.

    Jerry BuresJuly 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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