I'm sure you're all familiar with the infamous quote by Napoleon Hill, - Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. - You may remember my last post on the topic of positive thinking (which was my first post in the series) I talked about thinking my self happy and thinking my husband cured of his cancer. Being happy was essential in thinking of my husband free of his toxic disease. If I did not remain happy, then according to the law of attraction, my thoughts would not be effective in attaining the results I wanted. According to the law of attraction, 'like attracts like' - so if I succumbed to the sadness resulting from Johnny's diagnosis of bladder cancer, then I would be attracting more sadness and more cancer for Johnny. Now, at the time I didn't know if this was really true and I may not know if it's a hard fact right now either, but during his illness, I was NOT going to take any chances. No Sirree. I thought long and hard about my husband being healthy. I visualized a healthy husband. A year later, that's what I have.
But during the past year (he was cured of cancer three months after his diagnosis - without chemo and radiation - a real miracle), I decided to try it out on other things in my life. WRITING. I had completed two novels by the time John was diagnosed and I wanted so badly to be published. I sent query after query to no avail. Querying must not be my strong suit, because not one literary agent asked to see any part of my manuscript - which I happened to believe in. My dream two summers ago was to be published. Not famous. Not rich. But published. So, I kept my focus on that. I WILL BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR was my mantra. I thought, well my mind conceived it, I do believe it, so I must achieve it. I spent hours upon hours, days upon days, months upon months, querying and researching. I researched several things. How to write a better query letter, how to build a fan base, how to use social media...and then I came upon the subject of self-publishing. I researched the pros and cons, the benefits of both and what would be best suited for me. I did not want to publish just to say I was published. But after doing my homework, I realized that self-publishing was exactly what I was looking for. By November of 2011, I was a published author (who chose to be self-published because it was the right choice for me). I hadn't really thought about my 'positive thinking' stuff while all this was going on, because researching, editing and reediting, finding a fan base, and making friends in the 'author world' took a lot of time and energy.
But one day, I decided to put my 14 CDs back in the player while driving to work and while listening, I realized, 'WOW, I got my wish. I am a published author on my way to publishing my second book.' Plus, some financial worries we had had previously had miraculously disappeared. Little by little, money was coming in and things were changing. I thought maybe there was some real substance to the law of attraction and believing in myself. I decided to delve further into the positive thinking world and listen to all the audiobooks I could on the subject. I started with the top 10 recommended in the 14 CDs that my neighbor gave me. I was hooked for life. I don't go a week (sometimes not even a day) without listening to one of these books or others I have since found. It's become a staple in my everyday life. I now have goals that I stay focused on. I think only positive thoughts.
NO WAY will I think negative thoughts. Even saying, 'I will not worry about such and such,' is a negative thought ultimately. Because according to the LoA, the universe hears 'such and such' and gives you 'such and such.' So instead, I say something like, 'I will be happy,' or 'I am happy,' or 'I am all right,' or whatever it is you desire to be.
Now, I know I'm jumping from thought to thought, but my point is - if you THINK what you want to be, then you WILL become it. It's the law of the universe. And incidentally, my husband has always wanted to own a Mazda Miata. He's a hard one to sell on positive thinking, but I insisted - if you believe you can get it, you can. You have to want it, taste it, feel it. ...A car he had wanted for 20 years, but could never attain because of money or whatever, all of a sudden, we had the funds for him to buy it. And now he owns a beautiful brand new midnight blue hard-top convertible 2012 Mazda Special Edition Miata. Because he BELIEVED.
I have so much more to talk about with you, but I'll save that for the next post. In the meantime, I recommend listening to Napoleon Hill's The Laws of Success in Sixteen Lessons. It's a long one, but well worth it. There is also the shorter edition called, Think and Grow Rich. But I wanted to apply my new knowledge to all aspects of my life, not just the financial part, so that is why I went with The Laws of Success.
There are so many other books I recommend reading or listening to, but I'll get to them in time.
Smiles and Think Positive,
Also, if you're interested in giving my neighbor a call regarding the original CDs I started with, feel free to email Rich DuHaime at email@example.com . He'll be happy to send you the first CD for free.
Talk to you next week.