Manifesting and The Power of Positive Thinking

I’m dropping everything right now to share a story with you guys, one that had been long tucked away in my memories, which came bubbling to the surface today.

By a show of hands (I kid), how many of you have read or watched “The Secret”?

The first time I watched it was about 8 years ago. At that time, it went way over my head. I wasn’t emotionally mature enough to appreciate it. And at that time, quite frankly, I had a hard time believing that the Universe could respond to my energy.

Life has taught me that it can. I know this for sure: you get back what you give. If you give love, kindness, and joy you receive love, kindness, and joy. If you give out anger, resentment, and despair, that is what you receive.

So just concentrate on the good stuff.

Easy, right?

Perhaps. But at that time I was young. I wasn’t ready to be my best self. I didn’t even know what my ‘self’ was.

Fast forward six years later, and I am well on my journey towards continual self-improvement. I remember this movie about positive thinking and manifesting your destiny, so I watch “The Secret”, again.

This time I am much less a skeptic. Time has taught me some tough lessons. I know that you only get what you believe you will. I acknowledge that gratitude is key. I accept the messages that this philosophy has to offer, especially one in particular that struck me.

The message was this: if you want something, imagine what it is like to get it. Not just that, but feel the gratitude and joy of having it, as if it is already yours. Forget what you don’t want; only focus on what you do want. Concentrate on it every day.

I promised myself I would put it to the test.

At this time I was in dire straights financially. I was a student, overwhelmed, working as much as I could handle in a stressful position but still barely making ends meet. So, I decide to imagine a cheque coming in the mail. I didn’t think about where the cheque would be from, or when it would come. I just imagined a cheque coming in the mail, and me opening it. I imagined the joy I would feel and I felt it, in the deepest core of my being.

I would imagine this wherever I was when I had five or ten minutes spare time. Sometimes I was on the bus, simply smiling to myself, imagining getting this cheque. I did this every single day.

A few weeks went by… and then one day when I arrive home… my mom brings me a cheque.

It’s a bonus from my employer, for all my hard work. Three hundred dollars.

I damn near fell over.

A skeptic might chalk that up to coincidence. Go ahead, be a skeptic. It probably won’t get you a cheque in the mail!

All joking aside, the result of this experiment completely changed my way of thinking.

You can attract things to yourself just by thinking about it with purpose, gratitude, and joy, as if you have already received it. I have witnessed it in my own personal life several times since this event.

If you are up for the challenge, give it a try. Spend 5 minutes each day concentrating on and manifesting that thing you so desire. And remember that you deserve it. Good things are allowed to happen to you! Maybe it’s time you see what positive thinking can do for you.

 

Thanks for joining me for this story, glorious reader. If you decide to try this challenge, let me know how it goes!

Upcoming stuff I am SUPER EXCITED about

Hello all you wonderful people!

I decided to try something a little different today in my blog post – a video! Yup, this is me!

 

I think subconsciously the goal was to see how many times I could say “Super Excited” in one video (Hey, I can laugh at myself!). Honestly though, I’m feeling good and I just wanted to share the positive vibes with you guys!

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You can also find me on Instagram if you want to connect! I post there every day.

Thanks for being on this journey with me!

Obstacles: Keep the faith and face it.

It often seems like just when life starts going perfectly well that something awful happens. We try so hard to make sense of it – we think about how much better life would be if it had never happened. In our minds we undo it all. Or we ignore it entirely, completely surrendering the idea that we might have any sort of responsibility to it at all.

At the root of it all, we’re afraid.

We doubt ourselves and our ability to overcome it. We become riddled with anxiety, or we cope by either distracting ourselves or denying the obstacle entirely.

When a obstacle comes your way in life, I want you to remember one simple thing: this is so much more than an obstacle. 

It’s about more than staying positive, or not letting anyone down. It’s about more than getting through the challenge because there is no other option. This obstacle is actually…

…an opportunity. 

And until you are able to see your obstacles as opportunities, you will maintain a victim mentality and continue to struggle. In your mind, I want you to have faith, that this has happened for a reason. Even if you can’t see it right now, even if it doesn’t make any sense right now, there is something good that can come from this unfortunate event.

This is your opportunity to grow. If you continue on through in your comfort zone of things going ‘perfectly well’, you will never be in a situation where you are so strongly encouraged to better yourself. Doesn’t the best come out of us when push comes to shove? Don’t we create new strategies to deal with these changes? Perhaps even have the chance to see a whole ‘nother side of ourselves?

When something ‘bad’ happens it is so easy to slip into that victim mentality. It is honestly and truly the first place my mind goes. My automatic thinking goes “why me?”. But I always challenge that automatic thinking. I know the more I face the fear of the challenge in front of me, I change that “why me” to “try me”.

And in that moment, I don’t know the how, but I know for sure that facing it only makes me better.

So I want to challenge my readers today – the next time an obstacle pops up in front of you: Keep the faith and face it. This is your opportunity to show the world what you’re really made of.

Have a great day everyone, thanks for reading!