The law of attraction isn’t simply just visualizing a desired outcome; instead, it requires the individual to combine visualizing with the correct action. Learn about the law of attraction from the archer’s perspective…
Are the New Age writers, speakers and personal development gurus telling us the truth about the Law of Attraction? These philosophers propose that “we attract into our life whatever we think about” and that “our dominant thoughts will find a way to manifest.” Can we be successful by merely allowing things to happen?
If the answer to these questions were “yes,” then an archer/hunter would simply envision a deer as his way of gathering prey. The animal would appear, lie down and make itself available for the hunter to carry food home. Better yet, the deer would just surrender himself walking along side the hunter all the way home and peacefully give up his life to feed the village. Accordingly, just being hungry and wanting to eat would be enough to succeed. This line of reasoning may sound absurd and ridiculous, yet many people ineffectively interpret the Law of Attraction in this way.
Some people spend their lives wishing, praying, or visualizing what they want and desire, only to become experts at sitting patiently and dreaming and not understanding what went wrong. They may ask, “Why doesn’t this method work for me?” This passivity and failure to act is far from the approach the archer takes in aiming for his target. It is humorous how many people are upset because the law of attraction doesn’t work for them.
For an archer/ hunter, visualizing hitting the target is an essential part of succeeding. It can lead to finding the perfect location or set of circumstances where the prey or target appears, thus increasing the probability of hitting the intended target. Visualization can serve to align thoughts, skills and actions needed for the archer’s success. It is essential to remember that to hit a target the hunter is required to have properly developed skills in addition to arming himself with the appropriate bow, arrow and string. For the archer, technical training equates to learning how to use a bow and arrow, mastering techniques and using proper equipment. The metaphysical aspect is what made William Tell successful at hitting the small apple and missing the head.
For over 30 years, I have observed the results of thoughts and beliefs in my business and personal life. While my college education was engineering and very technical in nature, my interest in metaphysical teachings kept me reading and listening to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and teachers who shared the power of our thinking. I have often quoted from one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach: “The gull that sees furthest flies furthest,” and “argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they are yours.” Our business staff might have thought me quite unusual, but my perspectives and strategies worked to successfully manage 1200 people producing 50,000 pairs of shoes a day.
Did I use the Law of Attraction? Was I “attracting what I was?” Was I “manifesting what I was projecting with my being and my thoughts” or was more happening? Or was I skillfully and with clear intention aligning my mindset, specific essential skills and required abilities with the reality of existing circumstances to accomplish my desired outcomes?
The difference between the goals that I manifested and the ones that I didn’t was very apparent. They both included desire, visualization and the absence of attachment to what I wanted. My successes had something else in common. I took very careful, strategic and calculated action to accomplish the desired outcome. “I had alignment and took sufficient and appropriate action” to accomplish my goals. As my friend Bruce Raymond Wright teaches, excellence comes from using the law of alignment, the law of action and the law of attraction synergistically.
The effective archer/ hunter must first visualize his target or goal. To bring food home, he must combine the visualization with the correct action: aligning knowledge, awareness, personal strength and stamina, circumstances, and the combined excellence of appropriate equipment and skills. When we look at the word “attraction,” it is easy to see that it combines two words: attract and action. Thus, a simple conclusion – action is a fundamental part of the law of attraction, a fact that many people often overlook.
An archer exemplifies any individual’s hopes and pursuits to achieve a goal. The archer’s approach is very different from the claim that “Everything one wants or needs may be accomplished by believing that one will receive that outcome, repeatedly thinking about it, and maintaining positive emotional states to ‘attract’ it.” The archer does much more than believe, think, and maintain. The archer takes appropriate, sufficient, strategic action to accomplish what he wants. The archer must be in good physical health. His arms, mind and heart must be steady and focused to optimize the probability of hitting his target. The arrow must be the correct weight, balanced and straight. What kind of tip and feathers the arrow has will determine its accuracy. The string must have the correct tension and must be made of the correct material that matches the bow, arrow and distance that the arrow will travel; it must be cared for to be sure it is not frayed or worn. The bow must be rested or unstrung when not being used lest the constant tension will cause it to “lose its spring,” become weak and ineffective.
How often do we ignore the effectiveness of our business tools when taking on a challenge? How many times do we exhaust ourselves mentally and physically by focusing solely on an issue or problem, which keeps us tense constantly? In business and in life, the probability of success increases when we act like the archer.
Mastering archery requires regular lessons and consistent practice with the correct instruction and guidance. In our personal and business life, developing skills requires a similar approach. Are we reading the correct books or using the appropriate advisors, coaches or consultants? Does our staff have the right skill set and strengths needed to accomplish our goals? If we want to develop the skill of attracting what we desire in life, finding the correct guide and teacher is essential. It is very common to find leaders aided by advisors, staff, coaches or consultants, yet they are not accomplishing what they want.
If our objective is clear to the people we work with but the results are missing, a simple place to start making changes is to ask: Whose advice and help are we using? Is there room for improvement? Albert Einsteins’ definition of insanity is “doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” I encourage you to strengthen your business success by considering new approaches and methods. I challenge you to choose new strategies and advisors who can guide you toward your desired outcomes. I invite you to combine the power of the law of alignment, the law of action and the law of attraction to enhance your business and personal success.
Jacob Barrocas is the author of Sustainable Success: A Simple Way. He uses his almost four decades of hands on practical experience as a manufacturing executive, home builder, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, public speaker and consultant to provide executive consulting, coaching and mentoring to forward thinking individuals and businesses thus guiding them to creating their desired outcomes. For information about Jacob, visit his official site.