How to Attract Success

4 steps to getting what you want out of life

Is the idea of tapping into the law of attraction and acheiving wealth and success more than just a little appealing? Not many would answer no to that question. The law of attraction is actually not a new concept. Author and philosopher F. W. Sears wrote about law of attraction and success in his book How to Attract Success back in the early 20th century. He wrote, “Things come to us because they want to” and encouraged readers to learn to control themselves, not “the other guy.”

If you're interested in seeing if you can put the law of attraction to work for you, here are a few basic tenets of it for you try out.

Step 1: Define success

What may look like success to you might look very different to another person. To be certain you're attracting that which you desire, it's good to first get clear on what you're hoping to attract into your life. Author and inspirational speaker Esther Hicks describes the law of attraction as "the Universe responding to our thoughts and words." Therefore, you need to be specific about what you would like to manifest in your life. Writing your own clear definition of success will help you as you turn to the task of attracting it.

Step 2: Visualize success as a present reality

The law of attraction calls us to “see” what we desire as already manifest. In so doing, the theory goes, you are attracting success, wealth or whatever you envision in your life. Spend some time every day visualizing what you desire in the way of wealth and success as if it's already yours.

Step 3: Affirmative prayer

Affirmative prayer differs from traditional prayer in the sense that as you pray, you state your desires as if they've already occurred. For example, an affirmation prayer may be: “I'm now attracting wealth and success into my life; it's already a part of my world. Thank you.”

In this manner, you affirm the existence of prosperity in your life and give gratitude for its existence. These short affirmations can be jotted down on sticky notes and placed where you'll be able to see them a few times a day: your mirror, your computer or your kitchen window. When you see the note, read it -- and believe it.

Step 4: Set goals

Set realistic goals for attracting success. Break larger goals down into smaller steps by writing down specifics of how you see wealth and success appearing in your life. Pick a few dates in the future that you plan to see these steps accomplished.

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