Oprah: On The Law of Attraction

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This video of Oprah Winfrey speaking of her experience with the Law of Attraction is very compelling indeed. In it, she explains how he ‘attracted’ the offer to appear in the movie The Color Purple. Of course, cynics will rightly point out that there may well be another explanation. Nevertheless, it is a powerful story.

When I think of my own life, I have to say that I had a similar experience. I had always imagined that a time would come when I would have paid-off the mortgage and probably downsized a bit to reduce my outgoings. At that time, I imagined, I would be able to do exactly what I wanted to do with the remainder of my life.

Occasionally, I would share this vision with other people and sometimes I would get asked what it was that I intended to do. At first, I didn’t know, but after a while I thought that what I wanted to do was write. Naturally, if I ever shared this additional detail with anyone, I would then get asked: what will you write about. Again, I didn’t know. It wasn’t until much later that I realised that what I wanted to write about was the subject of personal development.

So, for me, this vision gradually emerged over the course of time, but it was something that I always felt I would be able to achieve before retirement age. I would say that I was going to retire early to write my books. But just before my fortieth birthday, my plans suffered a serious setback. My marriage fell apart and well, let’s just say that my financial situation suffered dramatically as a result. At the time, it seemed to have put those plans, loose as they were, in serious jeopardy.

Despite those events, today I am living the life that I imagined, doing just what I imagined. It is quite an amazing experience and I am really grateful to be finally living the life I once dreamed about. Sometimes, I almost have to pinch myself to make sure I am awake.

There are various explanations as to how and why the Law of Attraction (The Secret) works; one popular explanation calls upon quantum physics. Personally, I am not fond of the quantum explanation. I think that I did not get to live my dream purely by imagining it. It took work in order to make it happen. But imagining that end goal was indeed an important part of the process of making it a reality.

When I left my last place of work, I gave a little impromptu speech to my, then, colleagues in which I echoed the words from South Pacific (Happy Talk) that, “if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” So I hope that you have a dream too. If not, there is no harm in you thinking about what you would really like to happen in your life in the future. That’s all there is to formulating a vision.

Once you have a vision, just hold on to it. Occassionally think about how good it will be when you are doing what it is you really want and, like many other people before you, perhaps once day, you will be able to tell a story like Oprah’s.

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