KATHMANDU: A couple of decades back, there was a very rich person in my village. Everybody used to talk about his wealth and belongings. He had four sons and three wives. But he was so miserly and possessive about his assets that his sons would daily have to walk five kilometres to the college than spend a few rupees on bus fare. Because of his notorious habit of telling everyone that he did not have a single penny, people forgot his real name and he became pop-ular as ‘paisa chhaina baajey’, meaning ‘old fellow with no
money’. Today, only a few years after his departure, there is no trace of even a single valuable property with this family.
There is an old saying: “Fake it till you make it.” This is precisely how the law of attraction works. The universe responded to the feelings and expressions of the old gentleman. He himself created his ‘no money’ status over time. We attract what we continuously give out in the form of feelings, thoughts, words and deeds. People who have attained complete expertise in creating the life of their dreams have clearly understood and implemented this law in their life.
Many times we identify our mission and commit ourselves to do something new, productive and significant. But rarely do we take that direction and cultivate the set of habits that help us reach our goal. We embark on the journey today and by tomorrow we will already have changed our course of action.
What do the world’s most successful individuals possess that allows them to be so influential? What is it that gives a rock star, a politician, or an athlete the courage to perform in front of thousands, even millions of people, or a business leader the ability to keep churning out product after product? For these people to do what they do, they need a strong belief in themselves that allows them to act out of their field of imagination, rather than from fear. Through various ways and methods, they keep saying to themselves and
to others: ‘I am already what I wanted to be’. This way, they act as if they have already got what they always dreamed of.
Famous Trainer Bob Proctor puts it aptly, “See it in your mind and you will hold it in your hands.” Once we have chartered a clear mission, we must develop the right attitude, thoughts, body language, tone of voice and even external appearance that reaffirm what we have committed ourselves to. If you are afraid of public speaking, first act and see yourself delivering your best speech ever with full con-fidence and passion. Rehearse this over and over at home before you actually perform in front of an audience.
I have treated dozens of students with exam fever by this technique. We become what we think and act. What we see around us tomorrow is just the physical version of what we see within us today. So, it is wise to choose thoughts carefully. We
attract to our life what we act today. Acting is attracting.
(The author is the president of Jeevan Vigyan Kendra, a modern spiritual organisation and principal of Apex College.
He can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org)