How The Secret Changed My Life
Over the course of my life there have been very few experiences that I can say have truly changed my life. Reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, for me has been a life changing experience.
How is it possible that a little book could change a persons life so profoundly?
Before reading the book The Secret, I let my mind run on autopilot. I would think things like, if I want it, it will never happen. I would expect the worst and then be grateful when things turned out better than my worst case scenario. When I woke up each morning I would think, what will I have to deal with today. Over the years, I became more and more negative in my thinking.
So, what brought about this life changing experience?
I, like many people tuned into Oprah and heard about The Secret. Within minutes of watching that show, I was driving to the nearest Barnes & Noble to buy my very own copy. Once I had the book, I could not wait to get home to read it. Instead I sat in my car, in the parking lot, reading until it was too dark to see. I remember feeling sad that I had spent so much of my life letting negative thoughts run my life. As I drove home from the store I decided that from that day I was going to change the destructive thinking process that I had used my entire life.
Change is much easier to say then do. My thinking process was well ingrained. Reading a book was not going to change 40 years of programming. I sat down and wrote it out in words. I am a happy, healthy, wealthy, loved and grateful being, living in an amazing world full of beautiful, loving people. That sentence is 100% true, yet minutes after writing that sentence several dozen times, my mind would slip right back into my old destructive pattern. Change demands catching yourself thinking negative, maybe hundreds of times each day. At first, I must admit I was a bit depressed how often I slipped. I actually felt like there was a power fighting my efforts to change. I had days where I broke down and cried. I knew what I had learned in The Secret was true, I believed it could change my life. I worked hard each and everyday practicing positive thinking habits. Unfortunately, my old destructive way of thinking consumed more of my time. I almost gave up. I was so down. I thought, maybe I do not have the power to change. That is when it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was telling myself several thousand times a day that I could not change. Say that to yourself, you can't change. You can't change. Now imagine saying that over and over, day after day. Wow, that is big. I was using repeated messages to program myself. Right there and then, I decided to take the reins and decide what programs I run on. I decide what programs run on my computer, I also have the power to decide what I think.
What is the most important lesson I learned from The Secret?
I learned that the way I think and feel about my life is a direct result of what I allow myself to think. Gone are the days waking up wondering what I would have to deal with. Now I wake up, take a deep breath and say thank you for all the blessings I have. Do I think positive 100% of the time? No, but when my mind strays, I catch it and replace those thoughts with positive thoughts and move on. The good news is, over time I have found myself slipping into old destructive patterns less and less.
Do you need to buy the book The Secret to change your life?
The answer is no. Change the way you think. However, I highly recommend buying the book. The Secret is filled with wonderful quotes and inspiration. I needed help to change my ways and The Secret delivered.