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27May/110

The Inspiration For the Film – The Secret

Many people, from business experts to philosophers, from number crunchers to mystics, have actually believed in and spoken about the Law of Attraction for centuries. If you are spiritual, you don't have to go very far to the great religious texts of the world, to find it written about. If you are a concrete realist, you don't have to go very far to find it alluded to often in the great speeches and biographies of those who have "made it" in capitalistic world. Proctor writes that the inspiration for this current book and film come from a "simple little book written in 1910...called the "Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles." Wallace points out that while we function with what he calls "the competitive mind" (and who in business doesn't), we must "learn to harness our creative mind." Again, he affirms the idea - scientifically as well as philosophically - that the Universe is made up of energy. Our very thoughts are energy...and as we 'put out' in thought, so do we 'attract back'.

You have only to think of the people in your life who seem to live under a perpetual cloud. Yes, bad things happen to good people. However, it is up to us individually to go through the bad things, and come out on the other side. It is when we stop and allow the bad stuff to take control of our outlook, of our thoughts, that we literally hand over our energy to the Universe to keep us stalled in one place. And so, the black cloud stays put - right over our personal heads. Proctor paraphrasing Wallace puts it more succinctly, "All that you include in your mental image will come to you through the physical realm - through the process of natural ways such as trade and commerce." Think of all those stories of men and women who manage to rise up against unspeakable, and often, horrible, odds. Millions of immigrants who have gone on to become successful business owners, and millions of no-bodies who have become household names, made it because they did not, would not, let go of what could be.

Did that mean that they didn't encounter obstacles? No. Did that mean they didn't get discourage, frustrated, and even sad? No. It means that their vision/dream of what they wanted to be and create was stronger then ANYTHING that could keep them 'down' and mentally, spiritually, and physically stuck in one place! The hardest job you and I will ever have is to get out of our own way - mentally. The time is now to affirm the logic of thoughts as real energy; the time is now to accept that our thoughts cannot only change our perceptions, but physically change where we are as glorious creatures meant to have and live an abundant life!
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9May/110

The Rainbow in Every Dark Cloud

This is known as the law of polarity.

For every north, there is a south. For every outside, there is an inside, for every crisis, there is an opportunity and for every heads, there is a tails. For every concave, there is a convex.

For everything that comes to an end, something new begins.

The meaning we choose to attach to an experience is the meaning we create. When we interpret an experience as negative or bad, we will get into a miserable state, take lousy actions (even inaction is a form of lousy action) and produce negative results.

At the same time, when we interpret an experience as positive, we get into resourceful states, take positive action, and eventually create positive results.

This can be summarized in a formula that goes Event + Response = Outcome. This wonderful formula is given by Jack Canfield (Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Many people believe that it is the events around us that shape our outcomes. They believe that people who are happier and more successful just happen to experience better events in their lives?

You and I both know that this is totally untrue. It is not the things that happen to us, but rather how we choose to respond to happenings and external circumstances that ultimately shape our outcomes.

As you well know, we cannot control every single thing that happens to us, but we can control how we choose to respond to it.

For example, if you go sailing, you cannot control where the wind is going to blow. You can complain and blame the wind all you want but it is not going to be of any use.

However, you can control how you maneuver the sails, and that will control the outcome of your boat's direction.

We have heard so many stories of people who were born with all kinds of handicaps and despite all the odds stacked against them, they managed to create a life most others can only dream about.

What we must understand is that all meaning is context dependant. In other words, there is no meaning in life except the meaning we choose to give it.

When we look at things (an experience, an incident, an event) from one perspective, it may seem totally bad. However, when we change the way we look at the same thing, i.e. from a different context, the meaning completely changes.

It could become totally powerful for you.

You can also see that any experience in life carries with it multiple meanings. Anything is life has the potential to be either good/positive or bad/negative.

It depends on your perspective, the frame in which you are seeing it from.

People who succeed and live fulfilling and enriching lives don't experience better events, they just re-present things and respond in a much more powerful way.
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3Apr/110

Destroy Procrastination and Get Out of Debt

When you can't get out of debt, the world seems like a cloud is following you each and every day. It's hard to focus, and you can't seem to find a way out. To get out of debt, you probably think that procrastination is your problem. You go about trying to kill the procrastination by forcing yourself to do things that you find dreadful or don't have the skills to do.

If you want to get out of debt, start identifying the activities you do that keep you in debt. The things that make you procrastinate from paying off the debt. Do you continue to work at a job that you despise? Do you keep going out to dinner because you don't like to cook? Do you feel a sense of entitlement to buying things because you deserve it?

These are all things that won't help you get out of debt. They are the causes of procrastination. If you have a job that you don't like, start looking for one that you do. I had a friend that had a marriage that was on the rocks, and they were unsuccessful in life. He had come to a crossroads that required him to make the decision between taking a high paying job at an office or taking a job that didn't pay as well doing graphic design with a small company.

He really wanted the job that didn't pay as well, but he didn't see how it would help his family. I asked him, "Where do you see yourself a year from now if you take the high paying job?" He told me that he thought he would probably be divorced, working overtime, and depressed. "What if you took the job that doesn't pay as well," I asked. He told me that he would be happy and may even be able to increase his knowledge base and get a raise doing something that he loved.

That's your answer: do what you love. When you do what you love, you don't procrastinate. Have you ever gotten a splinter and tried to get rid of it? Did curing the splinter prevent this from happening again? No. Maybe you have a deck banister that needs sanding. Your body will reject the splinter, but it won't sand the deck for you if you don't want to. You might need to ask for some help or hire someone. Regardless, it wasn't the splinter that caused the problem.

Procrastination isn't the reason you can't get out of debt. It's the result. You can't get out of debt because you are attempting to do something that you don't love. Your mind's psychic immune system is called procrastination.

When you start setting monthly goals that only include doing things you love, you start to get out of debt. Once you do this for some time, you'll accumulate four or five things that will make you feel good about yourself. You'll start to notice that your life is filled with blessings instead of debt.

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18Mar/110

Problem Solving With the Law of Attraction

So, if The Universal Law of Attraction can bring you anything that you want, it can fix your problems, right? Well of course; as a Universal Law, The Law of Attraction has to bring you more of anything that has your attention. So, if you have something going on in your life that you DO NOT LIKE (let us call it a problem), then through your continued attention to it, The Universe will bring you more of the same, i.e. more problems, more issues of a similar nature, interactions with friends and acquaintances who can share the experience with you, or at the very least you will have a continuation of the same problem. A vibration of difficulty in any area of your life will bring you more connections and circumstances that match that vibration. Now that may not be exactly what you had in mind, when you are wanting to solve your problem, because what you really want is a SOLUTION! It is really important to understand that the vibration of solution has a different feel altogether, so let us compare the two and have a look at how this works:

Imagine for a moment that you have some kind of domestic disaster on your hands and it needs to be fixed - now! It could be a financially costly disaster, but it is certainly one that costs you in time and causes you a fair bit of stress. So you get into stewing and fretting over it, then when asked by a friend, neighbour, or colleague how you are, you let them know how you are BEING, i.e. you are stewing, worrying and complaining about this very live issue. You are putting out a strong message to The Universe, in no uncertain terms, that you are having a hard time. Now, have you ever noticed that problems can sometimes come along in twos and threes? When you give your attention to a problem, there is often an accompanying feeling of sinking and a grey cloud over your head; there can be all-consuming stressing about it, a sense of being swallowed up by the thing, a desire to know as much about the problem as you possibly can, together with a desperate need to find a solution to THE PROBLEM! Where is your FOCUS? Given that The Universal Law of Attraction has only one job and that is to expand what you are giving your attention to, what do you think is the only thing that can happen now?!

So, how then do we get to a SOLUTION to our problem? When our attention turns more towards the possibility of a SOLUTION, than the having of the PROBLEM, there is a definite change in our direction, followed by a feeling of relief, an improvement in our mood, an inner knowing that this will all get handled at some point, a feeling that you are bigger than this situation, that there are many others who have sorted out far more complicated problems than this one, that there has got to be a way out, that where there is a will, there is a way and eventually you find yourself arriving at a much calmer place of trusting that this too will pass. Feel the difference in the vibration that is on offer. We are going in an entirely different direction; now we are talking. The Law of Attraction is then able to bring you more comforting thoughts, together with some refreshing and practical ideas, there will be more connections with those who have useful information for you, more ways of moving onwards and upwards; then those people who were so interested in commiserating are no longer a match to you and so they just fade away into the background. Then you are on your way; that's the spirit! The Law of Attraction is in full force, taking you towards your desired outcome, by bringing together flash brainwave ideas, easy ways out, effective DIY measures, referrals, useful contacts and so on.

The Law of Attraction is ALWAYS responding to our thoughts and feelings, expanding where we have put our attention, so the lesson here is to ALWAYS FOCUS on WHAT WE WANT, rather than what we do not want.
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6Feb/110

Law of Attraction Tips – Tips For Attracting an Abundance of Wealth and Happiness!

Looking for law of attraction tips?

Well that's a darn good thing to be looking for. It's amazing how great it is when you find out how to create abundance in your life and how to actually utilize the laws of the universe. This is stuff they should teach in school.

I was just like you not too long ago. I was having one of those lives ya know? You know the type where it feels like the universe is actually out to get you instead of being on your side.

It felt like there was a black cloud flying over my head. Very disturbing, but I knew that there had to be a way to make it better. I kept hearing about things like "The Secret" and stuff and knew that this must be something that I needed.

I knew that I must have been doing something that was making the universe act against me, and I wanted to turn it around.

I started looking for law of attraction tips like mad. I watched "The Secret" and all sorts of stuff, but nothing much really transpired of it.

But I realized something that I was doing severely wrong. It's actually a pretty common mistake and you may be making it too.

You see, when I was trying to attract things like an abundance of wealth and friendship I was focusing on how I didn't want the opposite. In other words instead of saying "I want to have my bank account full of money" I would think about how I hated having an empty bank account and how I didn't want that anymore.

It was really backwards, and it was hard to make that transition. What I was actually doing, by focusing on what I didn't want was bring more of that stuff.

But that's not all. Things started turning around even more so when I began to focus on very specific things that I wanted. When I went from focusing on general things like more money, to focusing on exact amounts, suddenly those amounts began to appear.

When I focused on the exact sort of people that I wanted to meet and have in my life, I began to have THOSE people appear, rather than just having "friends". Believe me, friends is a very loose term, and you realize that when you start attracting them into your life, and realizing what you really wanted.

So if you can use those two law of attraction tips to create more abundance in your life then you'll start to notice a big change.
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23Jan/110

Releasing Negativity and Increasing Self Esteem for Teens – And Adults

Self Esteem is a measurement of the way you feel about yourself. Low self esteem means that you dislike yourself, possibly because of the way you look, the way you act, your environment or because of how you feel. When you have high self esteem, it doesn’t mean that you are stuck up or think that you are better than anyone else. High self esteem really means that you have a good relationship with who you are, and you love and respect yourself, despite your flaws.

Teens naturally go through some very emotional times, partially because their hormones are re-adjusting for adulthood, and partly because they are beginning to experience things from a different perspective. New challenges, new situations and new relationships leave them confused and overwhelmed and can even cause them to withdraw, become fearful and angry. That once carefree and happy child can turn into someone you hardly know.

Adults also can experience moodiness. If we don’t resolve or release emotions successfully when we first experience them, they will take up residence in our minds or bodies and will cause us to feel stressed, anxious and angry, and amplify future emotions and stressful situations.

Part of the problem is that we don’t teach children how to deal with and express emotions. It’s not a class they teach in school, and since many adults have never learned techniques to release emotions constructively, they are simply not in a position to coach their children. This causes strain in relationships and can further affect self esteem – both for the teen and the parents.

Some of the common emotions that teens experience are anxiety, frustration, humiliation, anger and exposure. No matter what has been affecting you or your teen, this simple technique is fast, easy and effective.

First you will want to find a place and time where you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes. You’ll want to be able to focus as much as possible, so eliminate as much distraction as you can.

Now, mentally start making a list of the things that have been bothering you. Listen to your inner mind, listen to your heart. It doesn’t matter if you agree with what comes up, just notice any emotions bubbling under the surface. Close your eyes.

For each issue or emotion, imagine that it fills up your body, then imagine blowing all that emotion into a balloon. Breathe the emotion out of your body, out of your mind. You may notice as you blow the emotion into the balloon, that it changes colors. It may turn brown or black with the energy of that negative emotion. When the balloon is full, imagine tying it off, and let it float up into the sky. Continue filling the balloons, tying them off and letting them float up until you feel complete release. Let yourself feel peaceful.

Then, gaze up at the sky – it’s filled with your negativity, filled with those old balloons. Imagine that they merge together to form a big, black cloud, and know that you have projected all your old, negative feelings into that cloud.

Now, if you can, forgive all the people and circumstances that caused you to have all those negative feelings – forgive everyone involved – even if it’s just a little…forgive them. Realize that holding onto anger and resentment only hurts you.

Forgive yourself. Really look at all the times you’ve made mistakes, been bad, been embarrassed or ashamed…and forgive yourself.

Look up at the sky again, and imagine that the sun comes out. Bright and warm and comforting….it comes out and begins to dissolve that cloud of negativity. Let it be dissolved…just let it go. Let it all go and as the cloud of negativity disappears, feel the warmth of the sun trickle through your body, feeling it bathe each cell with peace and comfort, warmth and love. Let yourself feel loved and accepted. Tell yourself that you are ok.

Now, try to find one thing about yourself that you really appreciate. Maybe you have been kind to someone. Maybe you have a certain talent or skill. Maybe you can appreciate yourself for strength, love of animals, love of people, intelligence, sense of humor, goofiness, spirit…just find something. Take a moment just to appreciate that part of you. You are good. Believe that inside. Just believe it, appreciate yourself for it and accept yourself for it.

You can have fun with this technique – make the balloons different colors, imagine blowing them up so much they pop and splat everywhere – it’s ok to use your imagination…

Using this technique consistently will help you balance out your emotions, release the daily negativity that you come into contact with, and improve your self esteem.
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16Jan/110

Dr. Wayne Dyer – 22 Lessons I Learned

Dr. Wayne Dyer is a popular motivational speaker and author. His recent books include The Power of Intention, Ten Secrets For Success & Inner Peace, Getting in the Gap and Everyday Wisdom. I've been studying Dyer's principles for the past 22 years and here are the top 22 lessons I've learned from him:

You get whatever you think about most. Whatever you think about expands… and therefore, we must be careful to not think about what we do not want. You can never get enough of what you don't want. Why? Because we're thinking about what we don't want and we keep getting more of it. From an abundance and prosperity perspective, it can be costly (meaning you can lose great opportunities) to contemplate the conditions you do not want to produce for your life…for fear of getting more of what you don't want. Think from the end. I'm a big believer in starting with the end outcome and working backwards to reach it. Dyer takes a more mental approach to it as he encourages you to contemplate yourself surrounded by the people, events, and things that represent your version of a "perfect life." An attitude of gratitude will take you a long way. Rumi said, "Trade your knowledge for bewilderment." It is good to be in awe of all that you have attracted into your life and the more you are grateful for that - the more that will flow freely into your life. Paraphrasing Dyer: There are no branches of any trees that think it is wise to fight with each other. In other words, there is no value in fighting with others as we are all from the same metaphorical human tree of life. There is an old zen saying that goes something like this: Whatever you are for, strengthens you and whatever you are against, weakens you. It is only natural to have abundance and prosperity in your life. It is unnatural to resist the gifts you have been given in life to share with others. Therefore act confidently with a "knowing" that you already have all of the resources you need to succeed. You must be independent of the opinion of others. No one can make you into what you are not. You are responsible to no one for your actions and thoughts except yourself. In addition, you are not in control of your reputation. All you can control is yourself and how you act on a day to day basis. You alone choose your emotional state each day. No one can make you feel any different than you choose to feel on any day. Therefore take full responsibility for the emotional states that you choose to embrace each day. You are not your body nor are you the possessions that you believe you have. You are timeless; perfect; …just the way you have forever been and will forever be. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. Live your truth. Meditation can help you solve problems and achieve inner peace. While mental visualization of your intentions or goals are a good thing to do, think of "meditation" as quieting your mind to achieve a place of "no where" -- It's one of the best ways to center yourself. Your EGO is often at odds with universal laws and principles. Best to identify when you are acting from ego vs. acting from your true authentic self. Your ego wants you to feel special and different than others but the reality is that we share more in common than we have differences. Focus on radical humility and respect for yourself and others in order to keep your ego at bay. You can only extend to another that which you are in truth. You can only give others what you have inside of yourself. Therefore to give love away to others, you must cultivate love for yourself FIRST. Dyer uses the metaphor of squeezing an orange - asking you what comes out when you squeeze it. Most people answer, "orange juice" comes out. Why? Because that is what is inside. When humans are squeezed, what comes out of them is what they harbor inside of themselves. Harbor love, acceptance, joy, confidence, peace and harmony towards yourself so that you can radiate it towards others. Your relationship with others does not really exist. You only have your perception of your relationship with others to act on. Therefore you must focus on making sure you perceive your relationship with others on the terms that you hope for the future of the relationship to exist. In other words, you must see harmony within yourself and then with the other person. You must always have within you what you wish to see or give another. Our intentions create our reality. We each create our own personal realities by what we focus on and intend to happen for our experiences. Therefore we have an enormous responsibility to choose our intentions carefully. Be attached to nothing but rather connected with what you want for your life. Attachment can cloud your ability to attract what you want. When you let go and surrender to your perfect self, you will attract what you desire. There is never any scarcity of opportunity, but rather there is only scarcity of resolve to seize the opportunities that knock on our door every day. Scarcity does not exist unless we choose to embrace it…therefore, it is better to never embrace scarcity only embrace the possibility for abundance. When the teacher is ready, the students will appear. When the student is ready, the teachers will appear. We can not learn the lessons we are here to learn if we are not open and receptive to learn. Do not resist the possibility to change, but rather expand and become more open. No one was ever hurt by practicing random acts of kindness. The law of reciprocity always rewards kindness and even more-so when you are kind without any expectation of needing a return. There is no difference in the words "giving" and "receiving." The best way to maximize book sales is to release related products that can be purchased. For example, a book could be followed up with an audio tape, audio CD, DVD, flip calendar, playing card decks and more. Each of these creates additional revenue streams that help to maximize the ROI from each published works. (My marketing brain wanted to insert this lesson in here 😉 Judgment: One of our purposes in life is to find a way to free ourselves of our need to judge others in a negative light. This is the work of our ego and judging others prevents us from seeing the good in them. There is no value in judging others poorly. As we see others, we also see ourselves. Dyer says, "It's Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile." That means that we must always give more than we expect to receive. In doing so, we join the small percentage of achievers that consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to serve others. The rewards are often disproportionate for those who go the extra mile vs. those who only do the minimum they need to get by. We give without expectations. Trust in yourself and in doing so, you trust in the very wisdom that created you. It is impossible to become a no-limit person if you focus on limitations…therefore only focus on what you want to attract for your life. You already are complete, whole and perfect. Trust in the perfection of your life.
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12Jan/110

How to Look Real Good

Some might say the real definition of good looking is very subjective. We've heard that too much. Putting something as being subjective is simply defining it based on self perceptions or feelings rather than facts or evidences. This simply implies everyone can be good looking and ugly at the same time. Sounds rubbish to me but I guess that's fine.

Deep down inside, everyone wants to look good. It's not like you want to have all the girls' heads turning when you walk down the street (well if that happens, you're lucky my friend), but it's more to have others being comfortable around you.

What I'm about to share is how you can actually look good, as in GOOD. If you think you're UGLY, think again cause you are not. No one is. You just need to help yourself a little bit and you'll be just fine.

1. Good hygiene or well groomed. If u don't take proper care of yourself, how can you be expected to to take care of others, say your future wife. Start with these few simple things.
a) Trim your fingernails neatly and regularly. Seriously, lots of people do but not very neatly. Instead of biting your nails, use nail clippers!
Please buy one for yourself for god's sake and stop borrowing from others. They might have used nail clippers as a dental floss, for pulling out nose hairs etc, so don't. Don't forget to trim your toenails neatly as well.

b) If you choose to have mustache or beard, manage them well. There are cases, chicken bits of three days ago, well attached in one's beard till today. Worse case, fishbones, even worse, lamb ribs!

So, do something about it. Not forgetting your precious nose hair.

c) Take care of your oral hygiene. Brush, floss and mouthwash daily. Bad-breath is horrible phenomenon, everyone agrees to that. You might be blessed with cute looking face, 6 pack abs and all, but once you open your mouth and spread the 'scent', you are doomed, big time.

d) Shower everyday. I understand the climate of England, the States or wherever you are, will somehow discourage you from taking shower everyday, but please do.

Fellow guys, trust me, girls can actually notice that you don't shower that much and its a big turn off to them (they might not do themselves but girls are certainly better in disguising).

If you are in Malaysia or India, no excuse buddy. You'll surely sweat a lot. Relying on just your deodorant will not work. When you smell like real bad, you think the girls can't tell eh!?

e) Wear a deodorant with little scent. I have to say deodorant is a huge necessity especially for active young people. Without it, you might smell OK2 when you go to class early in the morning, but you'll smell horribly awful once you get back from class in the evening... ride a bus some more. People will start yelling... 'help help! a suicide bomber'.

f) Spraying cologne into the air and walking through the cloud is a WASTE. I know some of you do that. Take this tip, apply two sprays to the chest, one on either wrist, followed by PRESSING them together (rubbing breaks down the oils, so there's no point in doing that) and one to the back of the neck.

I've heard of statement claiming macho dudes don't actually wear perfumes or colognes. Wearing perfume is like a sin, so girlish and not up to their so called macho standard. How pathetic. The prophet himself wore perfumes, the companions as well. Trust me, smell GOOD and you definitely increase your own chances (whatever chances you can get).

2. Stay FIT. 10 minutes quality exercise per day is reasonable enough. Some girls like the buff athletic guys. They may not say it publicly, but they do. If you're more the brainy type, that's fine, just keeping relatively fit with no flab is okay. On the other hand, a huge majority of the guys don't find fat girls attractive. Chubby is not fat but what chubby is anyway? Whatever it is, just don't get yourself overweight. Be nice to your god-given body.

3. Ask others feedback. Avoid the I-think-i-look-fantastic syndrome. Be aware that you may get conflicting feedback, especially with things such as your clothing styles, hairstyles, and colognes. Work their opinions into your style, but ultimately, choose what makes you feel the most confident. To be confident with your self image is extremely important. And don't feel upset or angry once you get some not so helpful + intimidating feedback.

4. Be very aware of your posture. Good posture will give you a confident 'aura'.

Fellow guys, girls appreciate confidence because it makes them feel they can rely on you to make good decisions or something like that. The way you walk too. Fix them if you must. Well basically just walk straight and not catwalk definitely. The way you walk makes a HUGE difference.

5. Smile. Seriously, smile. If you do have nice teeth, smile even more. Well if you don't, That's fine. The smile itself has its unique value.

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks almost instantly. - cited in Bit's & Pieces
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27Oct/100

Thinking Like A Winner

Since the beginning of human history we have been living under certain universal laws that have operated our daily lives whether we are aware of them or not. One of the most important universal laws, is the Law of Correspondence. This law simply says, that your outer world is a mirror of your inner world. In other words, your outer world corresponds to your inner world. What’s going on around you is a reflection of what’s going on inside you. If you want to change what’s going on around you, start by going to work on yourself, and specifically the way you think.

One of the greatest responsibilities you have to yourself is to keep yourself thinking like a winner all day long, It is especially important to think like a winner when you face the inevitable setbacks and disappointments of daily life. It will be your ability to keep your thoughts on what you want and off what you don’t want that will be the true measure of your character.

When things go wrong, our natural tendency is to become upset, angry, and to lash out at the people and situations around us. We tend to blame others and make excuses. We allow external circumstances to dictate the internal attitudes of our mind. But the successful and high achieving people always have a winner’s mentality. They continue to think about winning and success even under the most difficult circumstances.

The quality of your thinking is a major factor in determining the quality of your life. You have the capacity within you to have and do almost anything in life, simply by controlling your thoughts and keeping them on what you want. There are virtually no limitations to what you can accomplish except the limitations that you place on yourself by your thinking.

Successful people are those who think about success and achievement all day long. And because of this, they automatically use the Law of Attraction, which says each human being is a living magnet, that we radiate thought energy and that we invariably attract into our lives the people and circumstances that harmonize with our dominate thoughts. But, when people think about negative and unhappy things, they attract negative and unhappy people and circumstances into their lives. The choice is always up to you.

If you want to be a happy and successful person, you have to work on yourself and your thinking until you reach the point where you absolutely believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that you will be a total success in anything you want to accomplish. When you reach the point where you have unshakable confidence in yourself and your abilities, nothing will be able to stop you from being a success. But, to develop this state of self-confidence, you have to first understand how your mind functions and then practice the techniques of mental fitness until you become a totally optimistic and positive person.

It is important to understand that your thoughts, whatever they are, trigger mental pictures and emotions that lead to you saying and doing certain things that are consistent with those thoughts.

For example, when you think about a person you care about, your thought will trigger a mental picture of that person plus the emotion of warmth, affection, and love you have for that person. You’ll speak positively about that person to others, and to yourself. You will have an urge or a desire to do something nice for that person, to call them, buy them a gift, or send them a card. It is your initial thought that will trigger the entire flow of events.

When you think about what success means to you or think about being a great success in your career, you’ll think about the things you want to achieve, and you’ll feel the pleasure of achieving them. You’ll talk like a success and begin to take actions that will lead you to the success that you desire. And the starting point is always to think like a winner.

Your feelings will often trigger thoughts and mental pictures that will then lead to your saying and doing certain things. For example, when you feel positive and optimistic, you will smile and be cheerful. You will be more animated and energetic. You will tend to be more enthusiastic and effective in the things you do. Your positive feelings will trigger positive responses at all levels, and your world will be a more positive place. You will even attract into your life positive people and positive circumstances that are consistent with your feelings.

The images and pictures you have either within you or you see in your surroundings will trigger thoughts and feelings that are consistent with them. In turn, those thoughts and feelings will trigger behaviors that lead to the realization of the pictures.

For example, when you become absolutely convinced that you are a total winner and you are meant to be a complete success in anything that you really want to do, every picture or image that you see that somehow represents winning to you, will trigger thoughts of what you could do to achieve the same things. The picture will also trigger the feeling of excitement that will motivate you to take action.

Your actions will always trigger your thoughts, emotions, and images that are consistent with them. You are more likely to act yourself into feeling than you are to feel yourself into acting. For example, many days, you probably wake up feeling not as positive and optimistic as you would like to be. However, if you act as if you already have a strong feeling of optimism, the action itself will trigger the feelings and the consequent thoughts and mental pictures consistent with them.

Because you can control your actions easier than you can control your feelings, if you choose to exert control over your actions you will have a back flow effect and trigger the feelings, thoughts, and images that are consistent with those of the person you want to be and of the person who lives the life you want to live.

What you say is automatically impressed into your mind and will be expressed later. It will come to manifest at some point. Your conversations reveal an enormous amount about you, the kind of person you are, and how you feel about yourself and others. That is why it so important that you discipline yourself to keep your conversations about people and situations positive and optimistic, no matter what misgivings you might have. Your words will impress themselves on your subconscious and make you a more positive and optimistic person. You’ll be thinking like a winner.

One of the most important keys to thinking like a winner, is the ability to look for the good in every person and in every situation. It‘s the ability to assume the best of intentions on the part of everyone you deal with, rather than to be suspicious. It’s the ability to seek for an equal or greater benefit or advantage in every obstacle or setback. It’s the decision to look for the valuable lesson in every temporary failure. One of the main characteristics of all successful and high achieving men and women is that they are constantly looking for the silver lining in every cloud. Instead of focusing on the unpleasant aspects of a situation, they look into it for something good.

If you look for the good in every situation, you’ll inevitably find something good. And because your conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time, either positive or negative, if you consciously control your thinking and choose to look for something positive, you’ll remain a positive and optimistic person. You’ll find that you rarely get upset or angry. You’ll have a remarkable ability to turn every temporary setback or problem into something positive.

Thinking like a winner is the first step to living like a happy and successful person. You do become what you think about most of the time. You are what you most intensely believe. And if you think like a winner and do the things that successful men and women do to keep their minds positive and optimistic, you will eventually become a success in everything you do, and your possibilities will be unlimited.

Copyright© 2005 by Joe Love and JLM & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved
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Universal Law of Attraction – Telling the Universe to Attract Your Desires

The universal law of attraction is the greatest of the ancient and unchanging primal laws that rule the universe. The universal law of attraction, to put it simply, is, "like attracting like." If you think it, it will come.

All of us are made up of energy. We have within us the exact same atoms and molecules that comprise the universe. Thus, we are interconnected, and whatever energy we give off - whether positive or negative - will draw energy exactly like it.

The universal law of attraction falls into place when what starts off as an idea is developed into a calling, and then guided to reality by your deeds or the steps you take to achieve it.

Maybe you may have heard of the potency of positive thinking. That is just what this is. It is all in the mind, as the famous adage goes.

As powerful and beneficial as having this kind of mindset is, the same holds true for its opposite. If you concentrate too much on the negative and persistently get anxious about anything and everything, then the negative aspects will be birthed into reality.

Contrary to that, if you go about life in a continuous state of optimism and affirmation, then you will be sending out good vibes to the rest of humanity. The world will then absorb those vibrations, and other people will respond with the same positivity as yours.

In Paulo Coelho's celebrated book, The Alchemist, the weathered king tells the shepherd boy, "When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it." This is the essence of the universal law of attraction. It's not a function of "if" you will get what you hope for. Rather, it is "when" your deepest desires will come to you.

Based on the universal law of attraction, you have the power to make things come true merely by thinking it. Cliché it may be, just about anything can become reality if you put your mind to it. If you can think it, you will be able to get it, do anything you wish, or become anyone you want to be.

Reserve no room for fear and negativity, or these insidious frames of mind will take hold of your life and tag along like a storm cloud. Do not disbelieve for a split second that your dreams will come true. If you are totally and utterly sure that they will come true, then trust that they will do just that. But don't just sit on your laurels absorbing everything that happens your way. Take charge and draw toward yourself all the success and prosperity the universe has prepared for you. Though you may not be aware of it yet, you are in complete control of your choices.

But how exactly do you think your way to success? Focus on your goal, believe it is in your hands, and visualize for it to become reality. Experience it in your mind - the feel of it in your fingers, having it so near you; you can just taste it, and the euphoria of knowing it is yours for the taking. Give yourself these positive experiences and you will draw similarly positive effects.

In film, what delineates drama and melodrama is that, with the latter, their environment holds sway on the characters. With drama, as opposed to melodrama, the characters themselves shape their own circumstances. Just as in the universal law of attraction, you make your own reality; just like in a movie, you create your own denouement.
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