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Thread: Motivation Article
04-27-2007, 10:56 AM #1koolkat31272Guest
I was clearing my inbox and found this article from
StevePavlina.com. It think its an interesting article on how to
focus on our goals, it's long, but I think worth the read:
"Applying the Law of Attraction
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he
has will be taken from him.
- Mark 4:25
The Law of Attraction states that we attract into our lives that
which aligns with our dominant thoughts. For example, think thoughts
that align with poverty, and you'll be poor. Consistently think
thoughts of wealth, and you'll attract financial abundance.
Many people believe that their conditions give rise to their
thoughts. For example, you may think about being alone because you
are alone. But the Law of Attraction suggests the opposite is also
true -- your thoughts create your conditions as well. This implies
you can actually create different conditions by consistently holding
thoughts that no longer reinforce your current reality but which
instead align with the new reality you wish to create. For example,
to attract a new relationship, you would begin thinking the thoughts
and feeling the feelings you'd have if the relationship were already
part of your present reality.
The quote above is from one of Jesus' parables, and it can be
interpreted as a description of the Law of Attraction. Whatever you
believe you already have, you'll attract more of. Whatever you
believe is scarce in your life, you'll eventually lose. The phrasing
of the quote also suggests some kind of third-party action at work.
Your results are either "given" to you or "taken" from you as a
result of universal law.
The line Jesus spoke immediately preceding this quote is: "With the
measure you use it, it will be measured to you -- and even more." The
Law of Attraction isn't an all or nothing endeavor. If you use it to
a magnificent degree, you'll get magnificent results. If you use it
weakly, you'll get weak results.
I've noticed a fairly consistent pattern with those who successfully
manifest major life changes with the Law of Attraction. These people
do not merely dabble. They go over the top in shifting their thoughts
away from what they don't want, away from what they're already
getting, and onto what they want to create. Such people are able to
hold these intentions because they immediately begin turning their
new thoughts into habits. This ensures they successfully hold their
intentions long enough to dissolve the old thought patterns.
On the other hand, those who fail to get results with the Law of
Attraction also follow a consistent pattern. They never turn their
intentions into habitual thought patterns. After they create positive
intentions for their desires, they still spend most of their time
thinking about what they don't want or about what they're already
getting. So in accordance with Jesus' quote, these people are
just "given more" of the same, and nothing really changes.
If you focus on what you already have, you'll continue to get exactly
that. But you can manifest major changes in your life by learning to
focus your thoughts on your desires instead of your pre-existing
If you're already delighted and fulfilled by your present
circumstances, that's wonderful. Focus on them all you want. Feel
grateful for them. Allow yourself to attract more of the same because
it's all good.
However, if you find yourself experiencing circumstances you'd like
to change, then you must -- absolutely must -- begin to withdraw your
attention from those circumstances and get yourself thinking about
what you want.
What gives you the ability to do this is the power of conscious
choice. Regardless of your present circumstances, you have the
ability to choose what you think about. It's too easy to get sucked
into the pattern of dwelling what you're already getting, so you need
to take steps to ensure that you're able to stay focused on your
desires. In other words you must turn your new mode of thinking into
a habit. If you fail to do that, your efforts with the Law of
Attraction will be in vain.
Once you form a new intention, I suggest you alter your physical
environment in such a way that it's impossible for you not to think
about the intention several times each day. Post the intention on
your walls, use it as your computer's background wallpaper or screen
saver, or post sticky notes all around your house. Literally stick
your intention right in front of your face, so you can't help but
For your most important intentions, I recommend you create an
intention shrine in your home and/or office. Select a specific
physical location, and fill it with symbolic representations of your
desire. For example, in 2005 I assembled a wealth shrine in the
corner of my home office to represent my intention to manifest
greater financial abundance. I used an old printer stand for the base
of the shrine. On top of it I placed a fountain, representing the
flow of wealth; two "lucky bamboo" plants, representing good fortune
and growth, a small turtle statue, representing stability; two
candles, representing energy; a mirror, representing multiplicity;
and a small crossbow replica, representing clear aim and focus. The
total area used by the shrine is only 1.5 feet by 2 feet, and setting
it up was easy.
Every time I enter my home office, I see my wealth shrine. It's only
2 feet from my desk chair, so I can't help but notice it. Right now
as I type this, the shrine's fountain is running, and the candles are
burning. The shrine is very low maintenance, but I must occasionally
tend to it by watering the plants, adding water to the fountain, and
lighting and replacing the candles, so it's always refreshing itself
in my mind. To anyone else it simply looks like a collection of
interesting decorations, but to me it's a symbolic representation of
my intention to live in the flow of abundance. Even when I don't
think about it consciously, I know my subconscious mind is always
getting the message.
Erin was initially amused when I first created this wealth shrine,
figuring it was just another of my wacky experiments. At least this
one seemed relatively harmless. However, after my income increased by
a factor of 20 over the following year, she began to take the idea
more seriously. Eventually she created her own wealth shrine, and
since then her income has doubled as well. Once we shifting our
thinking to a mindset of financial abundance, our reality gradually
changed to reflect it. As part of our original intent to experience
this change "for the highest good of all," we're freely sharing these
ideas so you can benefit from the same process.
I'm not suggesting the shrine itself has any magical power. The
benefit of an intention shrine is that it serves as a constant
physical reminder of your desires, helping you permanently shift your
thoughts towards what you want. A shrine helps to amplify your
intentions. By using symbolic representations that hold meaning for
you, you bypass left-brained resistance and deliver your intention
straight to your subconscious. Whenever you catch a glimpse of your
shrine, even if you don't consciously notice it, it will reinforce
your intention in your thoughts.
Whenever you form a new intention, take the time to make it a part of
your physical reality. Don't waste time vainly trying to hold your
desire as pure thought. Make it real and give it form immediately, so
that on some level, you're proclaiming that you already have what you
desire. Then in accordance with Jesus' statement, you will be given
more, and your intention will soon begin to manifest. "