Many of us have heard of the law of attraction and the power of our thoughts. But have you ever looked at your life and wondered why it doesn’t always match what you really want?
Consider the possibility that what you say (or think) you want, and what you spend your time focusing on, may not always be the same thing. At least that’s what Richard found out…
When Richard was in his teens he lived on a cul-de-sac of about a dozen houses at the end of a fairly busy street in a small town in Northern England. One night, he decided to flex his boundaries and stay out way past his curfew.
It was late, and the neighborhood was quiet as he stealthily made his way along the street and up the path to his front door. Suddenly, out of nowhere, there was an absolute cacophony with the sound of glass smashing. Instantly, lights snapped on, curtains swung open, and shouts could be heard in the street.
Apparently, under the stress of thinking about what would happen if he was caught coming home so late, Richard forgot about the empty glass milk bottles standing like soldiers guarding the entrance to the front door. Normally, in the morning they would be magically replaced with full bottles of rich, creamy milk.
Richard was so focused on his thoughts that he didn’t notice the milk bottles… until he walked right into them and sent the whole bunch crashing down the stone steps, making enough noise to wake the whole neighborhood.
Richard received a stern reprimand from his mom, not just for being so late, but also for making such a commotion. But what he remembered most was when his sister asked him the next morning, “What happened?” All he could say was, “I don’t know. I was trying so hard not to make any noise. I didn’t want to wake anybody up, especially my mom.”
The whole thing perplexed Richard, and he continued to think about it, until one day he figured it out. He had been so focused on what he didn’t want, and that was exactly what he created.
Richard came to realize that his subconscious mind did not understand “didn’t” or “don’t” or “not.” Rather, it noticed where his attention was and assumed that must be what he wanted more of. Otherwise, why would he be spending so much time thinking about it? Richard had been thinking so intently about what would happen to him if he got caught that it’s no surprise that it manifested.
Even though Richard vividly recalls that he didn’t want to wake his mom up, what he saw in his mind’s eye was exactly that. And it came to pass. So Remember…
Whatever you focus on, you get more of!
Excerpted from Liz Fletcher Brown’s book FULL WATTAGE! A Practical Guide to Living an Engaging and Purposeful Life Worth Celebrating. Get your free chapters of FULL WATTAGE! and other goodies.