More than a year ago, I wrote an impassioned rant against the Law of Attraction. I was on my scientist/engineer better-than-though high horse, and railed on about pseudo-science and the like. Attraction still isn't science, in my opinion, but I have come to believe that the ideas of attraction work powerfully for me and I'd like to hope they might help you achieve your goals, too.
Here's what prompted me to recant my rant.
I wrote that screed in June of 2007, as I was launching my coaching business. I had been paid for exactly one coaching session by that time. I had not begun my training, wasn't yet certified, and had no real-world experience with coaching and its results. Since then I have coached 50 clients in 370 separate sessions, and I have seen the principles of attraction at work for them.
But what finally prompted me to get back in the blogging saddle, after a six month absence, and to return with this post on attraction, was a personal example of attraction at work.
I have become more and more clear about whom I want to coach, and about my desire to have wide impact. I have also solidified my love of Southeast Asia and my strong intention to do work with executives there, as well as in North America, Australia and New Zealand. As you know if you have stumbled upon my About page, I lived and worked in Thailand and New Zealand for many years, and worked with business people across SE Asia. I intend to work again with folks in that region of the world.
I have been a reader of Lora Banks' wonderful blog, The Coach Approach, as long as I have been reading blogs. Between January and April of 2007, she stopped writing on her blog. In April, I sleuthed out her email and sent her a message asking where she was (hoping she was alright). That nudge helped get her back to blogging.
So here we are, 18 months later. Lora and I have not corresponded directly in all of that time. And yet she has appeared out of nowhere to return the favor of a nudge.
Lora is working on a business opportunity that involves SE Asia and is looking for people to work with her on the project. For no reason she can name, my name popped up for her, and she emailed me this week. Lora had no idea I had lived in SE Asia or even had any interest in the region. But her intuition told her to drop me a line. As a result, we might get to do some pretty cool work together, and I will move closer to my goals.
I choose to believe that is more than coincidence. I choose to believe that my clear intentions about what I want to do, where and with whom, helped nudge Lora my way. I can't prove it scientifically, but I believe it.
So, what's that mean for you? How can you begin to use the principles of attraction to grow your business and your life? Here are my suggestions. Please feel free to add some of yours.
- Be crystal clear in your own mind about who you are seeking to be, how you are going about achieving that vision, and what you will have when you achieve it.
- Remind yourself daily - preferably out loud - of that vision.
- Tell everyone you meet what you are trying to achieve and don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Each day, do whatever is next on the path toward your goal.
- Be open, aware and ready for serendipity to strike.
Let me know how it goes!
[Photo credit: "1 Euro cent" by Mario's Planet]