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Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

This is post 49 in my series on the Law of Attraction in Action. You CAN use your power to attract all that you need. I do it every day! Read the posts in this series to see how.

The last few posts in the series have addressed how we block ourselves from getting what we say we want. Last week was about all the EXCUSES we make for not trying. The week before was about how we impede our dreams with our thoughts. I’m staying with this thread because I want you to go for and achieve YOUR dreams and goals. You have the power to do it. You may not think you do and if you keep thinking that you don’t, you won’t.

But if you can slowly adjust your thoughts, you can be the architect of your own life and live out your dreams.

People often say they envy me for the life I have. I wake up smiling every day. I work for myself so I have the best boss I could ask for and only do things I love! I live in a fabulous apartment in midtown Manhattan and travel when I have time. The people around me are all nice. I’ve done what many consider exciting things, like being on Oprah, working with celebrities, and having a reasonably high profile as an author and speaker. Some people think being a writer is a glamorous profession. I just feel blessed earning a living doing what I’m passionate about.

I never know what every phone call or email may bring me. Just today I was asked if I’d be interested in speaking in Jamaica! Opportunities abound in my world. I don’t know what they’ll be but I do expect them and they come. Since I put a lot into God’s hands, I look forward to receiving what he sees as best for me. I’m always delighted with the results, because I know it comes from a spiritual place that looks out for me. Not bad for a former DoorMat who settled for crumbs of joy!

I’m living the life I’ve CHOSEN—consciously—with my thoughts. Not a life that I’m SUPPOSED to have, doing what I’m SUPPOSED to do. MY life! MY choice through MY thoughts!

As I began a life outside of DoorMatville, I began to notice that when I went forward with my goals, not knowing how they’d be realized but expecting them to be, they were. I remember when I had my first opportunity to go to Europe. Money was very tight but I had to go! After tasting freedom, it was imperative to make up for lost time—all the years I did what others wanted and never once took a vacation that was MY choice. So I bought my ticket with a credit card and left without a worry in the world, KNOWING I’d have the money when the bill came.

I took several more trips after that and always had the money when the bill came!

A big eye opener for me was when my doc once advised surgery for a problem that gave me a lot of discomfort. It was optional but hampered my quality of living. I put it off for ages due to lack of funds. The cost for me was $6,000 out of pocket after what insurance would pay. As my faith got stronger I booked the surgery, and expected the money to be there when I needed to pay the bill. Just before I went to the hospital I was informed that my great aunt who’d died a few months before left all her relatives an equal amount of money since she had no children.



Do I need to tell you what I got? Exactly $6,000! I didn’t even know she had money to leave us!



This was how I was introduced to the Law of Attraction, though back then I didn’t know what that was or how it worked. I just knew that if I lived like I had what I needed, I’d have it. Simple! The more I received, the more I believed. It wasn’t until I read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise M. Hay that I understood how my thoughts controlled my reality. It was then that I began to fully let my spiritual power guide my life and consciously controlled my thoughts.



Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”



Live as if you have what you want! I don’t mean go crazy blowing money but test the waters with faith. A few years ago, I spontaneously decided to make my dream of going to Alaska come true, though I had no budget for it. I didn’t quite have enough frequent flier miles but tried anyway and got my ticket somehow. I asked for journalist discounts from the tourist office and got them. Then paid opportunities to write about my trip materialized. I didn’t have to work hard, I just needed to live like I was going and could afford it. In the end, I barely paid for a thing with money not related to the trip! You can read my Solo Chick Alaska blog and see some of my pics of my dream coming true!



If you scrimp on things you want thinking you can’t afford them, you probably never will afford them.



While I respect money and don’t go crazy spending, I buy what I want and know the money will be there when I need it. And I know the right people will come and facilitate me moving forward with whatever I need. When my first agent told me that 20 publishers had turned down my book, All Men Are Jerks Until Proven Otherwise, and she couldn’t get a deal for it. I refused to be daunted and got a release from my contract.

The key is truly doing it in faith–not hoping while feeling nervous that it won’t happen and you’ll be screwed by not getting what you need. I TRULY believe I’ll get what I need, and do!



I continued writing my book, telling people I had a good deal for it, because I HAD to! Someone who believed in me recommended me to my current agent and she got 3 offers for the book. It was my first self-empowerment book and had been turned down by many editors yet I got a hard cover deal with a national book tour! I lived as if I had the deal already and it materialized.



The Law of Attraction read me loud and clear!



I tell you these stories to show it can work if you let it. Yes, you have the power to make it happen just as you have the power to keep it from happening! If you live the life you want with passion and expectation, you’ll eventually grow into it if you can keep your faith strong. I’ve attracted the most wonderful life I could imagine by burning my teaching license, moving into Manhattan with no job, and expecting to earn a living doing only what I love. The more baby steps you take in faith and see that they work the more confidence you’ll have about taking more.



Try it! Being the architect of your own life will bring you so much joy. You just need to guide the Law of Attraction with your thoughts and actions!



See all the Law of Attraction in Action Series.

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