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The Secret: The Law of Attraction

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  • 2019 College Interns
  • One of the most important things I have ever learned, and am constantly reminded of, is the Law of Attraction. Jack Canfield, a successful author and entrepreneur who is also a motivational speaker, defines the Law of Attraction as follows:

    “Simply put, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you. So, if you stay focused on the good and positive things in your life, you will automatically attract more good and positive things into your life. If you are focused upon lack and negativity, then that is what will be attracted into your life.”[1]

    Everyone has heard the phrase “like attracts like,” but this idea really takes the simple saying to a whole new level of meaning.

    My parents first introduced me to the 2006 documentary The Secret: The Law of Attraction as a child. At the time, they were part of a Japanese wellness company called Nikken. A man named Bob Proctor was also a part of this company. He was not only a part of “The Secret: The Law of Attraction,” but also lived a life truly aligned with the message of it as well. After attending some of his workshops as part of Nikken’s events, my parents brought home a copy of the film and also the book. “This astonishing film explains, with simplicity, the universal law that governs all lives, and offers the knowledge of how to create – intentionally and effortlessly – a joyful life filled with peace, love, well-being, and abundance.”[2]      

    At first, it is somewhat difficult to believe everything from the film, because some really incredible events and miracles are described in it. It is truly a life changing way of thinking and eye opening experience once the ideas are implemented in everyday life. The way you think, your thoughts, and your attitude: these things have a greater impact on your life than you realize. The first step is just being aware of your thoughts and being able to consciously filter them. Being able to take a negative thought and either turn it into something positive or to let it go to stop giving it energy is not an easy feat.

    They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so just think about what it would take to monitor everything going through your brain for 3 weeks straight. Seems tough, right? But everyone starts somewhere, and focusing on being positive and thinking about what you want rather than what you don’t want is a great place to start. Try noticing every time you think of the word “can’t” or “don’t” and turning the thought around. For example, when I was still in school and it was supposed to snow, instead of thinking “I don’t want to go to school tomorrow” I would think “I want a snow day tomorrow.” I’m then shifting my energy from “school” to “snow day.” Change from “I don’t want my boss to ask me to do Project A” to “I would love to be assigned to Project B” and it is amazing the change you will notice.

    When applying for internships, I struggled to find a position that I would like and was also qualified for at a company that seemed to be well-respected and a leader in their industry. I applied for many that did not meet all three of those and was not having much luck. I actually found out about Indium Corporation from Andrea Pattington, the Talent Acquisition Specialist at Staffworks, Inc. who I went to high school and ran track & field with! I read up on the company and the position and thought that the Business Analytics position aligned best with my education. I had recently taken an Information Systems course at SUNY Oswego and was interested in the work that the Business Analytics team was doing.

    Once I interviewed with the team, I was really excited by the prospect of working for them. I kept telling myself that my interview went really well and then waited for the phone call that I hoped would bring me the good news I had been thinking about for a week. When I was offered the position that I was most interested in and focused on, it was just another small validation of bringing my thoughts into reality. I believe everything happens for a reason, and that reason is your thoughts and what you attract into your life, whether it is consciously or unconsciously.

    Confidence and affirmations are my simple formula for bringing success and positivity into my life. I think anyone that knows me would tell you that I’m extremely optimistic and always looking for the good things in bad situations. In this way, I lead a life where I am happy and healthy and always improving myself in some way. Everyone in my household has probably seen The Secret 25 times. My mom says “use The Secret” so much that it’s annoying, but I am so grateful to have grown up with this knowledge and support from my parents. It is something that I use every single day in one way or another. It is easy to get down on yourself or let your thoughts slip sometimes, but making a conscious effort to be better at controlling them is a lifelong mission.

    Over and out,

    Kendra

    [1] “Using the Law of Attraction for Joy, Relationships, Money & More [Guide].” America's Leading Authority On Creating Success And Personal Fulfillment - Jack Canfield, 2 Jan. 2019, www.jackcanfield.com/blog/using-the-law-of-attraction/.

    [2] “The Secret: Film DVD: The Secret - Official Website.” The Official Website of The Secret, www.thesecret.tv/products/the-secret-film-dvd/.