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200 Feet

Traditions are important, even if the tradition usually ends at the end of viewing a DVD. Every January on the day before I return to work, I settle down with a drink and watch the DVD of The Secret.

I believe strongly in the Law of Attraction. The problem is I never seem to be able to use it consistently. I’ve had a few really strange experiences using the Law of Attraction, but it never seems to be enough to remember to keep applying it.

The first time I experienced the Law of Attraction in my life was before I even knew it existed. I wanted to write. I kept imagining the feeling of having completed the first draft of a feature script. I could feel the paper, see the words flying across the screen.

I wrote journal post after journal post about it. What it would mean to me, what it would feel like to achieve that particular goal. I spend time every day remembering with joy how it felt to hold in my hand the finished draft, long before I put finger to keyboard, or pen to notebook page as it would turn out.

One Saturday morning I was shaving and imaging the completed draft sitting all pretty and pristine on my desk downstairs. I got in the shower and with my eyes closed, face turned towards the hot water spray I saw her.

Just a hand, extending from the back of a black limousine. As the body emerged, she was a woman in her 40’s. A large emerald green sun hat over died red hair, that matched the suit she was wearing. Oversized black sunglasses and high heeled black shoes. She titled her head and looked straight at me. A smirk more than a smile, and she walked towards a sandstone church hall. On the back of her suit jacket was a tag from St Vincent De Paul.

I finished showering and went downstairs and began to write. To just let it flow. It was the birth of the first screenplay I’d ever write, “Putting on Gracies”. I still have it in a drawer somewhere. I wrote the screenplay long hand in a notepad over 5 weeks of commuting. It wasn’t a bad first effort, even if I do say so myself. I edited it into oblivion though.

The next large piece of proof I’ve written about in here before. It was the August of 2007, and I was unemployed and burnt out. I made the decision I would get the very next job I saw. So I randomly started clicking buttons on Seek and came across a job as a conference producer. I was so certain I had that job I even bought a weekly ticket when I got home after the second interview.

I didn’t use that ticket. The APAC meeting was being held in Sydney and the city was shut down due to George W Bush being in the country for it. I wavered slightly, maybe I was wrong. But I thought, “No, I’m not wrong, it’s just taking some time for the universe to catch up.”

So I went down to the train station on the Friday afternoon and bought another weekly ticket. An hour later I had the job.

I’ve done it several times, usually work related. I tend to believe in myself there more than anywhere else I guess. When I try to do it anywhere non-work related I have difficulty believing it’s going to come true.

Anyway, I fulfilled my annual tradition today and watched The Secret. I listened to the people as the talked about unwavering faith and taking the first step, and always believing. They talked about listening to yourself or the universe, whatever you want to call it and when you get the nudge to take action.

I got the nudge one morning in the shower and wrote a screenplay. I got the nudge one afternoon and applied for a job that would change my life. I got the nudge and booked into a course last May that gave me my confidence back.

I’ve decided that in 2013, part of my Project 2013 series will be to work on proactively using The Secret, the Law of Attraction to set up the 2013 as the best year yet. I don’t see why it won’t work again. It’s worked before.

I guess the point to this post is best summed up by the title of the post itself. You don’t need to know exactly where you’re going, you just have go step by step. The title is from a section where Jack Canfield talks about driving from California to New York in the middle of the night, and how you can do it safely despite only being about to see the next 200 feet of the journey.

I haven’t as yet decided what I’ll use the Law of Attraction for, but I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

 

 

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43 year old Australian writer currently working on the first of a planned three book Epic Fantasy series. When he's not writing policy discussions, or tales of swords, Gods, and magic, he can be found making a mess in the kitchen, and turning perfectly good ingredients into crimes against humanity.

2 Comments

  1. lisalday111711 says

    My husband is much like you….his confidence is unwavering when it comes to following your dreams. He is very proactive and he always tells me “Just visualize it and that dream will come true” I need to work on that because I tend to go through life seeing the glass half empty. This was a very inspiring post and it is one I shall ponder through out my day
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment I really appreciate it. I tend to be confident in fits and starts. One day super confident, the next not so much lol. It’s all a learning process I guess.

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