And I say, “brought back into popularity” because it’s not really a groundbreaking concept. In fact, way before The Secret ever existed there were a few other writings that established an identical theme.
History in the Making
As a Man Thinketh – James Allen 1902
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill 1937
The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale 1956
These books birthed the following quotes:
- “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” (Allen)
- “Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.” (Hill)
- “You become what you think about.” (Nightingale)
On the surface, and even deeper in some cases, there is a missing component. There is one thing that is absolutely critical to your success.
And . . . Action!
In The Secret there is a parking spot success story. Someone envisioned a close parking spot and miraculously they received it. In my opinion this example teaches us about more about laziness and under achieving than anything else, but more importantly, even in this example, the person “acted” in order to get the parking spot they desired. They got in the car, plotted the course and headed to their destination. If they hadn’t “acted” then the spot would have went to someone else. Don’t lose your spot in life.
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
~~Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
The action part is where most of us fall short. You’ve heard the expression, “waiting” for your ship to come in, haven’t you? That statement teaches us inaction. We’re waiting, as if we sort of hope it might happen. Why not swim out to the ship? That way you can get the party started!
In the Beginning . . .
So where did this so called secret come from? You’ve probably heard it a million times. You may be able to recite it verbatim . . .
“Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23: 7.
So we can ascertain that the law of attraction originated in the Bible. This is where it was established. So let’s break it down to gain a better understanding.
“Ask and it will be given to you.”
You must first ask. But you can’t ask for something if you don’t know what it is, can you? So set a goal. Decide exactly what it is that you want or you’ll never get it.
Remember the saying “you don’t know until you ask?” Well . . . Ask!
“Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
This tells us that we must actively and diligently pursue our desires. Go after what you want, search it out. It won’t just come to you by some sort of magic.
Get on your Feet
Most everyone who has earned and achieved success will tell you that they worked hard. They acted, after setting the goal. They did not just ask, then wait and hope. This too is reflected in scripture.
“Faith without works is dead.”
Successful people handle obstacles, persevere and have faith. They sought and they found. So have the same faith and get started. My Father always said you have to get off of your knees and get to work.
Take some time to set a goal, plan the steps and:
Seek (go in search or quest of)
Knock (strike a sounding blow)
And don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer