“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.”— Buddha
Law of Attraction Habits
I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. I believe that you get what you focus on in life. Focus on negativity, and you’ll reap just that. Shift your focus into the positive realm, and you’ll ultimately manifest good things.
But that manifestation doesn’t just come through mere hopes and wishes. The Law of Attraction needs to be fueled by good habits that reinforce it. Without those good habits, it’s impossible to invoke the Law of Attraction to get what you want out of life.
This is quite possibly the most frustrating component to the Law of Attraction. We’re creatures of habit. We live our lives in a certain way, steeped in old routines and habitual behaviors.
What we don’t realize, for the most part, is just how much those old routines and habitual behaviors get in the way of what we want.
So, to truly manifest what we want by leveraging the Law of Attraction, we need to instill a set of good habits that will reinforce our staunchly envisioned dreams.
What is the Law of Attraction
But let’s backtrack a bit here. Before we launch into a discussion about habits that support the Law of Attraction, let’s look at what the Law of Attraction really is and just how it works.
Most people have heard of the Law of Attraction either by reading the now-famed book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, or through some other New Age philosophy Book, a magazine article, blog post, radio show, or TV segment.
The Law of Attraction is based on the theory that like attracts like. Since the vibrational frequency of human thought is steeped in pure energy, our ability to manifest our goals and dreams into our lives is a product of those same on-going thoughts.
Thinking good thoughts, manifests good and positive energy, allowing us to attract like-minded things into our lives.
If you think about human beings on an elemental level, all that we are boils down to some key elements being held together by different energetic forces. 99% of our bodies are composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium all held together by a variety of forces.
The other 1% of our bodies are composed of five other elements – sodium, chlorine, sulfur, potassium, and magnesium. Those elements, on an atomic level, are largely composed of both hydrogen and carbon. And within those atoms, on a sub-atomic level, you’ll find 99.999999% of empty space.
What’s holding all of those atomic particles together? Energy. Pure energy.
Energy is the spirit that drives all human emotion and behavior. All of that is based on the underlying thoughts producing that energy, and the resultant emotions and behaviors. What we think, we become, as the old adage goes.
And as the years and decades wear by, our experiences only pile upon one another, shaping our belief system, which is a continued product of our thoughts. Over time, it becomes harder and harder to change who we are, and to change the resultant vibrational energy field of our thoughts.
You’ve likely heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s clear that change is difficult because of the habitual nature of our lives. Those habits that make us who we are, are harder and harder to change over time since the neural pathways etched become deeper and deeper.
Manifestation through the Law of Attraction
The primary reason why most people fail to manifest their dreams using the Law of Attraction is because they’re steeped in their ways. Any change is hard, especially monumental changes, the likes of which are required for the achievement of monumental goals.
But all hope isn’t lost.
Manifestation through the Law of Attraction can be quite simple, straightforward and easy once you understand how to leverage the habits that help to reinforce it and instill them into your life.
Without employing these habits, you’ll find yourself frustrated with the Law of Attraction, wondering if it actually works. It works. But not if you don’t work it.
Work on building up these habits to support what you want in life, and ultimately they’ll all come to pass.
So, what are these so-called Law of Attraction Habits?
Habits that Reinforce the Law of Attraction
#1 – Goal Setting
The first habit that reinforces the Law of Attraction is goal setting. Goal setting is so important, that without it, the Law of Attraction is simply null and void. But this isn’t just some abstract style of setting goals in your mind. Rather, it’s the art of writing clear and concise goals that are meaningful.
Most people set goals the wrong way. They’re not clear on exactly what they want, when they want it, and why they want it. If you want to set goals inline with the Law of Attraction, the goals have to be precise, with a definite “when” element, and your reasons for accomplishing them must be profound.
I’ve spoken in length about goal setting on this blog. But, just to rehash, let me explain further. Your goals must be clear and precise. They must be written down and not just in your mind. And you must have a precise date of achievement, along with a profound reason why you MUST achieve the goal.
Setting goals like this makes them stick, as opposed to setting them in your mind where they simply live in the abstract, or even setting them once a year on New Year’s. In fact, studies have suggested that only 8% of those who set New Year’s goals actually achieve them.
#2 – Envisioning the Future
While this might sound like a pie-in-the-sky habit to most folks, this is a major tenet of the Law of Attraction and a core habit to achieving your goals. The more you can envision something in great detail, the more likely it’s going to come to pass.
Folks have expounded upon this for ages, and some of the best sales tactics in the world leverage this very habit to help close nearly every sale. The test drive is one prime example. The freemium product is another prime example. The best way to envision the benefits of a product is to actually try it out.
And when it comes to setting your goals, there’s no better way to leverage the Law of Attraction than by envisioning the future. Go for a test drive. Go to an open house tour of your dream home. Or simply write out the life you plan to lead in exhaustive detail, envisioning every last part of it.
This is real and its concrete. Remember, our thoughts, which make us who we are, are pure energy. That energy can be leveraged by implementing this habit on a daily basis.
#3 – Planning & Strategizing
In a study conducted on a 1979 Harvard MBA class 10 years after graduation, it was determined that the 3% of the class that had set goals with a plan for their attainment prior to graduating, were making 10 times more money than the other 97% of the class who had not done so.
That’s a real and significant difference. The study had further concluded that the 13% of the class that had set goals but didn’t have a plan for their attainment were making twice as much as the other 84% of the class. This is a significant finding in support of both goal setting and planning.
It’s clear that the habit of strategizing and planning starkly reinforces the Law of Attraction. We can draw things closer to us by developing a plan. That plan doesn’t have to contain every specific step at the outset. But it must be a general plan that will help move you closer to your goals.
Think about a plane for a moment. If a plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and is traveling to John F. Kennedy International Airpot (JFK) in New York, that plane has a goal with a plan. Its goal is to land in New York at JFK airport at an intended time; its flight plan will help that plane reach its goal.
To land at the airport at its intended time, the plane estimates it must travel at an average speed in a general direction at a general altitude. It doesn’t account for every last minute detail of the trip. Along the way, that plan can and often does change.
For example, there might be turbulence at 32,000 feet, forcing the plane to climb to 37,000 feet. There might be a storm brewing in its direct flight path, forcing the plane to veer off course. Or, there might be air-traffic congestion, forcing another change in the plan.
So, while the plan might change, the goal remains the same. However, without planning and strategizing, it’s impossible to know precisely how we’re going to get from one point to the other. The goal never changes, but the plan can and will change often.
#4 – Employing Time Management Techniques
Another habit that reinforces the Law of Attraction is effective time management. How could we ever get ahead in life and attract the life that we desire if we’re poor managers of time? It becomes far harder to do so. But for the people that can effectively manage their time, getting ahead becomes almost effortless.
To manage your time effectively, use the quadrant time management system, originally conceived by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and later popularized in 1990 by Stephen R. Covey in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effectively People.
The concept is rather simple. Every activity that you do in the day can be divided up into four quadrants: (1) important and urgent, (2) important but not urgent, (3) not important but urgent, and (4) not important and not urgent.
Your goal? To live in quadrant 2 as much as possible, which is the important but not urgent quadrant. Quadrant 2 activities can also be considered as the Law of Attraction quadrant, as it relates to your long-term goals.
But the fact of the matter remains that most people live in quadrant 4, or the not urgent and not important quadrant. These are life’s time-wasters and distractions. They’re the excessive socializing, over-usage of the Internet or TV, abuse of alcohol or drugs, and so on.
Take a week and track all of your activities. Write down everything you do in the day for a full week. Next to each activity, log the quadrant. How much time did you spend in each quadrant throughout the week? The results might be surprising to you.
#5 – Taking Massive Action
We’ve heard the mantra before – take massive action. But we don’t all do it. Yet, this single habit is the gateway to the future that many of us desire. If we could just take action on a constant and daily basis, we could move closer to our goals, no matter how slowly that might be.
When we let time slip by, and we fail to take action, slowly we forget about our goals. We allow things like procrastination to take hold, and we put off for tomorrow what should be done today. If you really want to invoke the Law of Attraction, then make taking action habitual.
Although this might be easier said than done, there are some hacks that exist. If you find yourself stifled by inaction, use the 15-minute rule. Set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes and do one thing that you’ve been putting off for just 15 minutes. That’s all. 15 minutes.
What you’ll come to find is that once that timer is complete, you’ll continue doing that action. It’s a matter of momentum. An object in motion stays in motion, and an object at rest stays at rest, so the saying goes.
To take this to the next level, identify your MIT for the day. Your MIT is the most important task that you could do to further yourself towards your goals. This can also be considered as a quadrant 2 activity. So find your MIT and do it for at least 15 minutes and watch how good it feels.
Do your MIT first thing in the morning by creating an empowering morning routine. Mark Twain called this “Eating the frog.” I call it Chasing the Frog.
The goal is to start small and build. Don’t try to promise yourself too much too fast, especially if you’ve had a tendency to give up in the past.
#6 – Meditating
Not all good habits that reinforce the Law of Attraction have to do with physically working towards your goals. Although those habits are necessary, so are other more spiritual habits. Meditation allows you to get in touch with the universal oneness that binds and connects us all.
If you think about the empty space in atoms for a moment, and you realize that our atoms are composed of 99.99999% empty space that are connected to the atoms in the air, we are all connected to one another. In fact, there is a scientifically proven Global Consciousness that binds us all.
The act of meditation helps to center and ground you in the spiritual realm, realign your focus, and allow you to approach things with a new sense of clarity. But for those who’ve never meditated before, the act might seem quite foreign to them.
Studies have shown meditation to not only provide that sense of clarity that many of us are after, but also to reduce the symptoms that are associated with pain, anxiety, and depression. It also found the effects of meditation to be similar to that of taking antidepressants.
Other studies show that meditation can actually increase happiness levels by decreasing the activity associated with the default mode network (DMN) of the brain, which is responsible for the mind-wandering thoughts associated with guilt and remorse about past events and fears about the future.
The habit of meditation can clear the spiritual palette, so to speak, making it easier for us to attract all the good things that we want in life by boosting the positive vibrational energies associated with our mind, body, and spirits.
Start small with the meditation habit. Begin with just 5 minutes per day for the first two weeks. Move to 10 minutes for the next two weeks, and so on. By promising yourself to mediate for just 5 minutes per day, it becomes an impossible-to-fail habit that reinforces the Law of Attraction.
#7 – Exercising
Exercising is a keystone habit. It provides monumental benefits to our lives, increasing our physical, emotional, and mental well-beings all at the same time. As a keystone habit, it has the added benefit of attracting other good habits while also eliminating bad habits as well.
Exercising should be done first thing in the day. It provides mental clarity, allowing you to tackle your workload with a renewed sense of energy and spirit. It helps to release positive endorphins and hormones such as serotonin in the body while working to eliminate stress hormones such as cortisol.
The habit of exercising reinforces the Law of Attraction by making us feel happier, more energetic, and overall, more physically healthy. Studies have also indicated that exercise works as well as medication when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Overall, exercise is one of the most important habits that you could integrate into your daily routine. Without it, you’re unable to approach your goals with the energy and enthusiasm necessary for the Law of Attraction to really take hold.
#8 – Refusing to Giving Up
Refusing to give up means that although you might fail or fall down, that you pick yourself back up each time. While some people might scoff at this, stating that it’s not a habit, it most certainly is. And it’s a cornerstone to the habits that reinforce the Law of Attraction. In fact, I dedicated an entire book to this one topic called How Not to Give Up.
Since giving up is so easy to do, and every single fiber in our bodies might be screaming for us to just let go and revert back to our old ways, it’s the habitual mental patterns of refusing to give up that help to attract the things that we want out of life.
Thomas Edison once said that “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” And Edison was certainly one to speak. He failed over 10,000 times trying to invent a commercially viable electric lightbulb. He never gave up.
Most people fail right before they’re about to succeed, but they just don’t realize it. Whether it’s the fear of failure, the fear of embarrassment, or the fear of financial catastrophe, whatever it is, we stop dead in our tracks because of some nagging voice in our mind.
That nagging voice can most certainly push us further away from our dreams and stifle the Law of Attraction.
#9 – Contributing to Others
When you contribute something of yourself, whether it’s your time or your money, you send a very powerful signal to your brain. You’re saying that you have more than enough of something. Even if you have very little money, for example, by contributing, you shift your mental focus.
Contribution is an important habit that reinforces the Law of Attraction because the act of contributing is a fundamental tenet to human life because we’re not alone on this earth. And when you tune into that vibrational energy, some remarkable things start to happen.
It was Grandi that once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” In fact, studies have also confirmed that contributing to others not only makes us feel happier, but it also reduces our overall levels of stress.
But the most important benefits come from contribution through social connections, and not merely by donating through anonymous causes. For example, giving to charity through a friend or other social connection provides more benefits than acting alone.
And more importantly, giving your time by volunteering also has a significant impact on our well-beings. When you get to see the impact of your charitable work right before your eyes, it plays a very powerful role in your overall happiness and sends some very strong vibrational signals to your mind.