The Law of Attraction Hates Procrastinators

I will keep this introduction four sentences short!

This article is for people who want extraordinary success only, so if that is you then read on.

Whether you believe in the ‘Law of Attraction’ or not you need to read this.

If you found the title catchy because you are a procrastinator, you need to read this.

For those who never heard about it; the ‘Law of Attraction’ is a belief that is gaining a lot of popularity these days. It is claimed that, if one thinks about something and imagines him or herself already in possession of that thing or situation, there is a force that will bring it about. It will become real, especially if intense feeling and detail is associated with the imagination.

Ok! Now what am I up to this time? Why is the author of an anti-procrastination book writing on a metaphysical topic?

I don’t want to scare away those who, like me, like to keep their feet on the ground but I have recently discovered the definite way to finally make this “Law” work.

I have known about this claim for over nineteen years now, and for the most part I have believed it. It was also a major cause of procrastination because I naively believed that I could just sit down, visualize, add detail, add feeling, ”raise my vibration” and anything I wanted would be delivered on my lap by some hot chick on a silver plate.

Being in love with psychology, I know that there are great benefits for people who challenge their established beliefs so I decided to challenge the notion of attraction and see what would happen. To the envy of those New-Agers out there still struggling to see any results; the moment I stopped believing about the Law of Attraction, it started to work for me! When you finish reading this article you will have all the knowledge you need to make it work for you as well.

My stance on the “Law of Attraction”

At this point some readers will be understandably confused. Does this guy believe in the Law of Attraction or doesn’t he? I take a stance similar to what Bill Harris (one of the stars of The Secret) takes.

I believe that our thoughts produce our feelings and behaviors. I believe that when we focus on some outcome in the right manner our minds will start noticing things and come up with new ideas that will help to bring that outcome. I believe that we will also be attracting people who are likely to support our projects with the non-verbal language we adopt. Our body language, tone of voice, perfume, words we use and even places we start enjoying, will be the exact ones favoring our chances of meeting people who are likely to be inspired by our ideas and are willing to help us. I therefore also believe that a large deal of our external circumstances is created by our thoughts even if we are not aware of most of this happening.

The thoughts and beliefs you have attracts you to the people, knowledge, ideas, resources, circumstances and the right approach needed to get these on your side.

However, I do not believe that some force in The Universe is doing it for us, I consider the metaphysical claims to be 90% baloney. Yes I have read Dr. William Thiller’s ‘Conscious Acts of Creation’ too and that’s what is keeping that 90% from becoming nearer to 100%.

I also refuse to believe that we attract everything we experience, this is ridiculous. Sometimes good things happen and sometimes “dirt” just hits the fan! We are not responsible for all that happens to us, but keep in mind that one may always make a fortune from apparent adversity if one keeps an open mind and a positive attitude.

In a nutshell, I believe there is nothing spiritual, metaphysical or quantum-physical about the “Law of Attraction”. It is purely the immense capability that the human mind has to influence and be influenced in a manner that brings about the results of thoughts and beliefs one holds.

It is said that when a student is ready the teacher will appear. It is not that the teacher was missing; teachers, like abundance, love and laughter are always underneath our nose but we only make them visible to ourselves once we adopt the thoughts and beliefs that allow us to notice them.

So what did I discover about the “Law of Attraction” that makes it work?

Those familiar with my work will know that I have investigated 22 people in order to learn what makes them free from procrastination. I wanted to discover the cure to procrastination.

Interestingly virtually all of these people believed that a Higher Power was helping them out. It was a common characteristic between them. They may identify the power differently, some called it God, some called it nature’s inherent intelligence and the atheists among them claimed it was their subconscious mind. However, all dwelt on the belief in a higher power conspiring to help them.

How was it then; that most procrastinators were using this same reliance on a higher power to avoid taking action to fulfill the very dreams they wanted to fulfill? The difference was not in the belief but in the attitude.

Procrastinators were expecting the higher power to deliver without their effort. The Pro-Completers on the other hand were leaving it to do its work while they did their work as best they could.

If you want the Law of Attraction to work effortlessly for you, you must first decide to abandon procrastination and the first step is to realize that you have to stop using it as an excuse to take no action!

How can you better utilize the ‘Law of attraction’ without using it as an excuse to take no action!?

This is achieved by using some common sense. Keep in mind the following three rules:

Rule 1: Thoughts need to be strong enough to put YOU into action

If you want to believe that thoughts bring about corresponding realities, you will need to admit that the strongest thoughts will be the ones to manifest as reality quicker and more evidently. Now ask yourself which of these is the strongest thought?

1. a dismissed idea

2. a fantasy you dwell on

3. a highly emotional thought

4. a highly emotional and detailed thought with an action plan written down

5. a highly emotional and detailed thought with an action plan written down which you often read

6. a thought that is resulting in you taking action

7. a thought that is resulting in you taking action with a conviction so tenacious that nothing is going to stop you from achieving what you want.

You guessed it! These are in order of strength.

If you are a procrastinator your thoughts are not strong enough to even put YOU into action and you won’t inspire other people, let alone the Universe. It may also be that you have other thoughts that conflict with your desired goal and these are pulling you away from your goal and into procrastination.

So that is the first part of my discovery that makes the Law of Attraction work. It says “your thoughts must be strong enough to put you into action!” The powerful thoughts and beliefs themselves are made stronger when action is added to them because the mind inevitable has to focus more on the outcome.

Rule 2: Relying heavily on the Law of Attraction is a sign of weakness.

This is something no Law of Attraction guru will likely tell you because there’s a chance you will lose trust in him or her. If you lose trust in them, they can’t help you anymore and they lose their money. (And let’s face it, some of them are just in there to preach their own religion because there’s money to be made, and only incorporate Law of Attraction to make it appealing)

I am more bothered with saying things as they are though, so how is relying on the Law of Attraction a sign of weakness? Bear with me…

Suppose you have a chocolate bar in a cupboard and you really want a piece of chocolate, what do you do?

Unless you have a conflicting decision, like you’re on a diet or something, you’d go and indulge in your chocolate without a second thought. I’m sure you won’t sit down to visualize, meditate, write affirmations, feel gratitude and write letters to the Universe.

Suppose you don’t have any chocolate but there’s a sweet shop round the corner? I’m rarely out of chocolate but I’d personally go out and buy twelve boxes without visualization whatsoever!

If that’s what you do to get a piece of chocolate, why then do people do the above things to attract harder things? Wouldn’t it be easier to just get their hands dirty and go out to achieve their goal?

The reason they do those visualizations, affirmations and letters to the Universe is because they believe the goal is harder to reach than the chocolate piece. Guess what! If they believe it is harder to achieve, they will get what they believe!

The moment you settle ALMOST EXCUSIVELY for Law of Attraction techniques, like the ridiculous letter to the Universe, from now on let that be an alarm for you. Your mind is telling you that it believes the achievement of that goal is hard. To make your mind believe that it is not hard there is only one way. Split the whole project in small achievable tasks and set up realistic dates and deadlines for their completion. An elephant can be eaten one bite at a time. Present every bite to your mind on a schedule and you’d forget your letter to the Universe in no time.

Rule 3: There is something more powerful than Law of Attraction that is much easier to use.

What is this more powerful thing? It is called ‘taking action’. If you want to buy a chocolate bar from the store round the corner which is quicker; visualization or actually going to the shop and buying the thing?

How do these rules help me (and you) to make the Law of Attraction work?

All I can say is that, since I am relying on myself for what I want to achieve, I am getting more things falling in my lap at the right time than ever. I am experiencing synchronistic and serendipitous events so often, that I am now convinced that an Intelligent Higher Power is conspiring to help me. It could be just an impression my mind is getting but believe me, it is a very convincing one.

When this happens I am reminded of Goethe’s famous quote that says “That the moment one definitely commits oneself Providence moves too. All things occur to one that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issue from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meeting and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would have come his way.” Apparently Goethe thought that the ultimate secret to the Law of Attraction is to step into action with commitment.

In fact we should spell it ‘attr-action’, with a hyphen!

Does it happen because there is really a strange power in the Universe? I’d rather remain objective and avoid superstitions myself. In fact I suggest you should not care! Just commit yourself to achieve goals with or without help from higher powers and stay away from procrastination. That is the essence of commitment!

People may speculate about whether ‘Law of Attraction’ is the secret to success, but what we can tell with absolute certainty is that the ‘Act of Procrastination’ is the top cause of failure and this is a secret to no one!

Now you can start applying the above knowledge to start experiencing Law of Attraction constantly. I’d like to add a paragraph that unfortunately sounds like a sales pitch, but it is my hope that you see through the marketing-BS-like sentences and catch a glimpse of my sincere wish to help people reading this.

Meanwhile, I sincerely wish you all the success you desire and hope the above thoughts will help you to embrace the very commitment that makes its achievement all possible.

Mark Mifsud

Startup Law 101 Series – Mistakes Founders Make – Misusing Form Contracts

Ours is an era in which legal forms proliferate and many entrepreneurs are tempted to use them without much thought given to customizing them for the specifics of their deal.

This is a mistake.

The unthinking use of legal templates assumes that the law is a mechanical process, as capable of simplification as is the process of selling widgets. The thinking goes something like this: You find a widget on the web. You buy it for a cheap price. You use it. Hence, no need for those middlemen lawyers who charge a lot for pulling the identical widget out of their drawer and handing it to you with their bill.

There are some partial truths here. Some contract situations are utterly routine. And lawyers sometimes have abused entrepreneurs by keeping them in the dark while running up billings in simple situations. It does not follow, however, that contracts are merely widget-like and interchangeable units that anybody can use in plug-and-play fashion.

In reality, the law is a slippery beast, one that seems to defy simplification. David Dudley Field made a famous effort to simplify California’s laws in the 1870s. The most educated men of that era consciously set about to take all of California’s laws and make them so simple that even the least educated person could understand them. The result — a world-class belly flop. The judges took the simplified new layer of laws embodied in the Field Codes, wove them into a complex system of legal interpretation, and — voila! — California emerged with the most complex set of laws in the nation.

Why does this happen? Why does law so stubbornly defy being reduced to a system of unthinking application that is easy to understand and administer?

Because, like it or not, law is designed to regulate human affairs that are themselves complex. And it cannot do this effectively unless it is customized to the situations at hand. This is why judges decide issues case by case. It is why law has so many localized variations. It is why a canned contract, beautifully drafted though it may be, will ill serve the parties who adopt it without thinking through its implications.

Again, like it or not, business and corporate law is complicated. So too is intellectual property law. And tax law. And securities law. And licensing law. And distribution law. And property law. And all other forms of contract and commercial law. Have you ever tried to deal with an unsecured debenture? Or a revisionary interest? Or with any other of thousands of bizarre-sounding legal concepts that seem to float in and about the law that surrounds businesses and corporations? Yes, you may be familiar, from your practical experience, with what FOB means as a commercial shipping term. Or with what an “implied warranty of merchantability” means. But take such terms, multiply them by the thousands, put them in an unfamiliar context, and what do you get? You get a web of legal terms of art, each of which has a specific meaning only when understood within a complex legal context.

This is much more than the case of a lawyer trying to spread so-called “fear, uncertainty, and doubt” in an illegitimate manner. This is the reality of law trying to comprehend and regulate complex affairs that do not lend themselves to simplification when considered as a whole.

Therefore, contract and commercial law is highly complicated and does not lend itself to thoughtless application. If it were only a matter of filling in the names, for example, on a partnership agreement, then anyone starting a business could go to a stationery store (the old way) or go to a forms download site (the new), buy a canned partnership agreement, fill in the names, and be done with it. This is normally an unwise way to form a company. Such a boilerplate form may have nothing to do with the nature of the business being set up by the parties. It may have language in it that has no bearing on their deal and that will only confuse them and everyone else concerning what was intended by their deal. Worse, it will not expressly set forth the nature of their deal to make clear what they intend in their contract. Such a contract is an open invitation to litigation should anything go wrong in the deal between such parties. Perhaps tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars will be spent hashing and re-hashing ad nauseam what they intended when they “agreed” to badly-worded boilerplate. If you have ever had the misfortune to suffer this fate, you will never again resort to such corner-cutting in documenting the affairs of your startup business or small business.

All but the simplest of contracts need to be reviewed carefully by someone with a discerning eye and also need to be understood in their full legal context. A contract review, of course, can be done by a smart lay person using self-help resources. And some people are inclined to invest time and effort for that purpose in a way that helps them manage their legal budgets more carefully because they pick up a lot of the burden themselves. But it is a burden, and it has a cost attached to it – there is always a cost-benefit component to any such effort. What is worse, many people do not do a good job of thinking through the issues and wind up cutting corners. A contract in their hands can be like a loaded gun in the hands of a six-year old — wildly unpredictable and sometimes dangerous results can follow.

Moreover, context is critical. What seems placid on the surface can hide legal turbulence beneath. Sell stock to investors with a simple purchase agreement. Fine. I sell. You buy. Then, later, you find you did not comply with securities laws. Or that your buyer gets a large taxable gain for having contributed intangible assets for his stock. Or that your deal violated someone else’s rights in the company that restricted such sales. Yes, lawyers can and do sometimes spin such issues out needlessly. But such issues can and do exist in many cases. When you use a boilerplate form, you need to see beyond its apparently simple boundaries to understand how it functions legally in its broader context. Otherwise, you might step into trouble without having the slightest idea that you are doing so.

So, can you as an entrepreneur use boilerplate forms with impunity without fully understanding them and without understanding their context? In some cases, yes. You need a simple promissory note, and the generic one fits your needs without too many risks of getting legally blind-sided in a simple transaction. You need a canned nda for your employees and you have a form you had used in a prior company — the type of form that has remained pretty constant over many years of use. This can work for you and, even when there are potential technical problems with the documents you are using, the problems may never arise in your particular situation.

For every case where entrepreneurs either can or do get away with it, though, there are all too many situations in which their attempts to do so prove ill-advised. Flying blind does have its limits, after all.

Bad business lawyers are lawyers that simply take forms and switch the names without giving thought to the nature of the deal before them. Bad as this may be, at least such lawyers have a modicum of legal education and experience to be able to spot some of the legal issues and some of the potential traps.

The same cannot be said for an entrepreneur trying to do the same thing but without the benefit of a legal education or legal training. This then is the worst of all cases. Don’t put yourself in this situation.

The issue gets confused when the entrepreneur will have had significant exposure to certain types of legal documentation, as for example in the case of one who managed the contracts of a large company in an executive capacity while working under the guidance of skilled lawyers. In such cases, someone who has had a lot of practical experience with a particular class of contracts is often far more aware of their ins and outs than are non-specialist lawyers who have not dealt much with such contracts.

This is true as well of the seasoned entrepreneur who has developed such a strong working knowledge of business deals as to be able to run rings around certainly any green business lawyer who attempts to work on such deals.

While all this is true, it simply means that law has a practical side as well as a theoretical one, and any smart person who has worked through complex legal deals often enough will come away from that experience with some excellent skills applicable to such deals. Serial entrepreneurs, contract managers, and others with like experience fit this mold.

This only confirms, however, why it is ill-advised for an entrepreneur to try to do business by using legal forms unthinkingly. The seasoned entrepreneur, the skilled contract manager, etc. may not be business lawyers but do have the vast experience to be able to think their way carefully through a complex contract. Even then, such persons will attest that they ultimately need their deals reviewed by a skilled business attorney. Though they may be able to drive a deal more efficiently owing to their experience, they themselves know this is no substitute for using the services of a lawyer who is an expert in their field.

The operative word is “think.” A good business lawyer will think carefully about any given deal and will customize any contract for the commercial situation at hand. A seasoned entrepreneur will do the same within the limits of a layman’s knowledge in a technical field. An entrepreneur using good legal self-help resources will similarly think through the issues carefully within the limits that such resources enable.

It is the unthinking use of boilerplate forms that does not cut it. Use of boilerplate forms without the requisite training, experience, and education does not give an entrepreneur any basis for thinking through a deal to spot the issues and potential trouble spots. Don’t use boilerplate forms mindlessly. In the end, it may cost you dearly.

Law of Attraction – I’m Good at the Small Stuff

If you’ve used the Law of Attraction, you probably have had some good results with some of the smaller things, but some of the bigger ones are presenting challenges to you. Have you asked yourself what’s different?

I reflected on this because I’ve wished for some things and what I got was even better than I’d imagined (and some never manifested, thank goodness!). There was the time I finished reading my last paperback novel and thought, “I need more novels.” The next day, I found around 100 novels on the table in the laundry room of my building. Forty-five books came home with me. And there was the time I glanced at the corner of my apartment in the pre-war building I live in and thought, “I want a lamp for that corner, and I want it to go with the building’s architecture.” A few hours later, I found a lamp from the 1930s in perfect working order in the basement. I could keep going with a long list of things, people, and resources that took anywhere from a few minutes to a year to reach me.

One difference I found was the energy attached to the thought. Now, any of us who’ve read any material or watched any movies about the Law of Attraction know that the deepest feeling belief we hold is what we attract. This is the key, of course.

When I thought about things I wanted, it was like saying, “I see a lamp in that corner” or “I see more novels waiting on that shelf for me to read them.” I had intention, and I had no emotions attached to getting anything. I just knew I would. No thought went into, “Where am I going to look for that, how much will it cost to get it” . . . I basically stated I was going to have it. I didn’t even commit myself to shopping for these things as part of the process, though I would have been willing to do this.

This detachment didn’t limit the amazing ability of the Universe or quantum field that responds to us in any way. It allowed the Universe to provide and provide quickly, easily, and with items, people, and resources even better than I’d imagined.

What happens when we think about attracting more money or the intimate, committed relationship we choose to have? Did you feel the emotional surge when you read that last sentence? It’s called attachment. It comes from a sense of lack, a need to fix or change, and this puts a choke-hold on your cosmic manifestation team because these emotional attachments have a greater energy than your intention to have whatever it is you choose to have.

So how do you flip this? Ask yourself if your hand can hold more water if it’s clinched or if it’s open. It’s the same with our emotional energy. Picture something that you choose to add to your life right this moment. Every time you feel any doubt about getting it or any negativity about deserving it, see your hand clinched in front of a stream of pure water. Take some deep breaths and remind yourself you can quench your thirst only if your hand is open and cupped so it can receive water. See your limiting beliefs and emotions in the same way.

You may have to work with this more than once because of programmed behaviors about how you’re “supposed” to act when you want or need something. Everything you’re experiencing at this moment is the direct result of a belief you hold and a choice you’ve made. Pause right now and realize what this says about how powerful you actually are.

Power is not nervous, anxious, fretful, or distraught. Power is inspired and intentional. It pays attention to opportunities; and when an action feels appropriate, it moves forward.

Remember that some of what we call to us, even subconsciously, we do so to help us learn and grow. A problematic or challenging situation or person showing up for us is not a sign of failure. In fact, it’s a sign of success. If we focus more on what we can learn about ourselves and how we can expand more into who we are rather than what’s going on, we can recognize this as the mastery it is.

One last bit: There is no “small” or “large” in the Law of Attraction. Anything and everything you attract is a miracle, an affirmation of your ability to create. Celebrate all of them.

Using Your Vision Board to Focus the Law of Attraction On Your Goals

Vision is the most primal, and dominant of the human senses. It even shows up in mythology and spiritualism; you never hear of a mystic trying to open his inner ear, but tales of opening your inner eye to receive enlightenment abound. As such, vision plays a great role not only in how we perceive the world, but how we shape it.

Think for a moment about making first impressions, or when you’re first exposed to someone, or something new. You gather more information than you can consciously process, and put that person, or that new concept into your mental framework of how the world works. This works on a deeply subconscious level; this is why when you see something out of the corner of your eye in the dark, you’re likely to jump – that’s your subconscious saying “That shadow might have a predator, be prepared to threaten it or run away.” The basic fight or flight instinct, as it were.

However, how you see the world determines how you shape it to your will, as well. The Law of Attraction says the things you focus on are the things that you bring into your life, the things you pull to your circumstances via the Law of Attraction. And because the eyes are the centerpiece of how you focus on the world, they remain one of the fundamental ways to make the Law of Attraction work for you, and the way to use your eyes is to make a vision board.

A vision board is a collage, or, in some ways, a treasure map, of your goals and aspirations. Focusing on releasing your tension, and thinking about your goals in the present tense, go through and sort out pictures of goals you want to achieve, keywords of things you believe in and images that bring you peace, calmness and a sense of accomplishment. Try not to consciously pick. Just close your eyes, exhale, letting the tension out, and pick the first one that leaps into vision when you open them again. Use this to sift through a catalog of images of importance to you, then build a collage, from the center out – start with a central goal, and work your way out in a spiral pattern with things that will help you achieve that central goal. This process helps you break your goal down into substeps; as you select each substep, visualize what it will feel like to achieve that goal. Imagine yourself achieving it, and focus on that sensation, as you glue the piece into place.

This is a more graphical-spatial way of breaking down a project into manageable parts, and is a good visualization and relaxation technique for putting the Law of Attraction into your life and propelling you forward. When the vision board is complete, focus in on it, on the center of it, and do that same “look through the corner of your eye” trick on it to see the steps you need for success in a new perspective!