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Question: I'm new to the studies of Law of Attraction and was wondering what the most effective way is to manifest the life and career one wants? Visualizations, or affirmations, or both? There is a new career path I want badly to manifest. Are there specific techniques that work better than others?
Real Life LoA Answer: That is actually kind of a tricky question, surprisingly enough... The challenge is that both visualizations and affirmations (and many, many, many other techniques) can be great practices when you are already feeling good, and not helpful at all if you are not already feeling good.
The reason is that the Law of Attraction will always bring you more of what you are ALREADY thinking, feeling, and expecting, which, when you are feeling bad, or pessimistic, frustrated, or discouraged means more of THAT. (...And none of whatever it is that you are visualizing on, affirming about, or were wishing was different!)
To get the feel for how it works, imagine that you have two friends, each of whom are trying to get you to come with them to go do something....
One of your friends is down, moping around, and is possibly even a tad angry. As he is telling you about what he wants you to go do with him, he keeps talking about what he dislikes about where he is now, what he is afraid might happen if he stays there, how much he detests the other people around, and how he is not even sure it is going to work out anyway, because it never does.
The other friend is happy and laughing, and enthusiastic. That friend is certain that what he wants you to go do with him will be a fun adventure; because he usually finds a way to have a good time everywhere he goes. He feels certain that the other people there will be nice, and even if you don't decide that you want to go with him, that's cool, because he is also perfectly willing to stay where you are and have just as much fun there. Either way, he's happy and content to just be spending time with you.
Which friend would you rather go with?
The Law of Attraction works kind of the same way, except that you are always choosing "which friend you want to go with" by what YOU are focusing on, paying attention to, and how you are modulating your own mood – which ONLY YOU have complete control over.
The trick is practicing ways to keep a good attitude, an optimistic outlook, and improving your ability to believe that things are in the process of working out for you, even when the conditions at the moment are not to your preference.
That is the key first step to any Law of Attraction process or technique being really effective – find a way to feel good, happy, fascinated, fun, interested, hopeful, content, peaceful, or at ease right where you are first. Then, start to imagine what could be even better.
So what would be a good place to start then, you might ask? In terms of a new career, start with this:
Now some of these things may seem counter-logical, or like they aren't really doing anything very constructive to get you to the life of your dreams. But, the important part is that you find ways to simply feel more peaceful and content in the meantime. The Universe is ALREADY on the job bringing your expanded life and career to you, now it's just a matter of YOU being "that friend that you would want to go with" if you had the choice!
The key is to get yourself into a state of feeling more at peace with who you are, and how your life is, at this moment – feel as good as possible right now. And then, ANY technique (visualizations, or affirmations, or anything else) that gives you a greater feeling of enthusiasm and excitement when you play with it will be helpful.
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