I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website www.sarahsays.com.au or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published June 18th 2012
A Cynical Girl Embracing The Law of Attraction.
I guess you could say this time last year I was very much a glass half empty kind of person, I have experienced loss and sadness in my life and I suppose I let it set my outlook, always expecting the worst and usually getting it. Don't get me wrong though it wasn't all doom and gloom and I was happy of sorts; I had great friends, a good job, a home but that was on the surface, I always felt there was something missing, an underlying sense of not being good enough or expecting to fail and as I turned 33, I knew something had to change.
So around May of last year, after yet another stressful day at work and cramped hot tube ride home, I spoke to my brother and he suggested I give everything up and come and stay with him and his family in Australia. After much agonising and worrying, I came to the decision that it really was now or never, I either accept this is my life or I change it. So in November 2011, I did just that.
Swapping stress, anxiety and work for beaches, free time and a pool was just the medicine I needed to clear my head and relax and let the stress melt away. I soon realised that I was in a position to really change my life if I wanted, I just didn't know how. At the beginning of the year, sadness came my way again and I started to believe that I simply was never going to be completely happy and content. It just wasn't for me.
In February, a friend recommended that I read The Secret as it related to my life-changing move to Australia and had changed her life for the better. Cynical at first, I dismissed a lot of what it offered but the overwhelming desire to change my life and to be positive won me over and I started to follow the basic rules and try it out. I figured what have I got to lose, being positive and believing in myself is not a bad way to be, right? The law of attraction put simply is that like attracts like, if you are negative, sad or annoyed then that is exactly what comes to you.
So I started looking at my life differently, I started to focus on what I had to be happy about, what I had achieved, what I liked about myself rather than what I was missing or didn't have and being thankful for those things. But it was only when I read Jack Canfields book, The Key To Living The Law of Attraction, that I really started to embrace the process and I felt a change in my core. I became determined to make it work, to take control and to make my life amazing, to achieve what I wanted and to become the person I know I could be. And I was shocked by how quickly I saw results.
The book is well written and has some great quotes and gives examples and exercises that I can really relate to. But what I like the most is that it gives you little tasks throughout, which really make you think about the person you want to be, what you want to achieve in each area of your life and how to do it. Kind of like homework for the soul! For me writing out lists of what I want and don't want in life really helped me to focus on what kind of life I wanted and the person I wanted to be. Most of all it has given me the confidence to believe in myself at last, I now know that I am worthy of good things and that I deserve them. I try to be fearless and believe in myself at all times and I am doing and taking on things that would have scared me to death this time last year. I am now like an improved version of myself.
I don't know how it works and luckily I don't need to know, I simply have to trust that it works, and it does, I have seen real evidence of that over the last few months. It may sound silly and believe me this time last year I would have laughed at the thought of me following such a process but now I say my positive affirmations every day and I try to understand and see the positive in each situation. But hey its not been easy, I am basically trying to reprogram how I think and feel and yes there are times when I question why and of course I feel sad and fed up, but I have seen such a difference in the person I am now to me a year ago that I know it's the right path for me.
Right now I am in a wonderful position, I'm living in an amazing sunny beautiful country, with career opportunities coming into my life in strange and wonderful ways and I am travelling and meeting new friends all the time. I feel the most positive and confident I have felt in a long time, but most importantly I now feel in control of what happens in my life.
I used to feel that something was holding me back, that something was blocking the good positive things coming my way. I now realise that was me!
I would recommend this book to anyone who feels slightly lost and in need of a push to change for the better. Its not a quick fix and you have to put in the work but it is totally worth it. As are you.