Hocus Pocus: How Your Thoughts Can Help You Succeed

You might call it hocus pocus. Maybe you think it’s bogus. Or maybe, like me, you try to live by it.

The Law of Attraction. (Cue the choir singers and bright, heavenly lights.)

The basic premise is that thoughts are things, and like attracts like. So, the things you think about most of the time, will bring about more of the same. I learned this concept from the well-known work called “The Secret,”. It teaches the idea that if you’re depressed, and you think you’re ugly, no good. You’ll only receive more opportunities to view yourself as the haggard-looking troll you are not. If you view yourself as an unworthy person, due to the energy you exude to the world, you might even begin to appear that way to others… even though you aren’t.

Have you ever wished hard for something like a parking spot, only to find the person in the first or second space starts driving out, leaving the area open to you? Or, perhaps you’ve found a coat or a pair of shoes which you absolutely love. Maybe the cost is too high, so you put them back and then notice a sale sign. Thoughts are powerful things, and I believe they can take you far—even further than parking lots and shoe stores.

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In my early twenties I wanted to be a chiropractor. I’d been getting weekly adjustments since I was sixteen, and I’d experienced great results. It seemed a natural progression, since most chiropractors start as patients. Though I was working on a degree at my local community college, I decided there was no better way to learn about being a chiropractor than to work for one. I grabbed the phone book and started dialing. I went on multiple interviews. Each doctor seemed nice, but for one reason or another it didn’t work out.

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Finally, I got a hopeful call. I hopped in my car and drove to the interview. When I arrived, the parking lot seemed deserted and upkeep on the building was lacking. My intuition started to softly tell me that something about this place might not be right. When I arrived the doctor was finishing up with his last patient. As I sat on an uncomfortable waiting room chair, he talked badly about his last secretary. I was immediately put off, as I knew that I could soon be the bearer of his criticism. I went on with the interview, but something about the doctor wasn’t right. He offered me the position of secretary, which included great pay, but the idea of working there gave me the creeps. By the end of the interview, I had texted both my friend and boyfriend to meet me safely in the dark parking lot. The energy of his office was off, and his vibes didn’t attract mine.

After a less-than-friendly phone message from the doctor, I didn’t take the job. I knew I’d made the right decision. Though I was still unemployed, I didn’t let it discourage me. I knew there was another opportunity out there, one that would offer me more to learn than from this cranky man, and I knew I’d be paid what I was looking for. I just needed to find the right doctor and the right office.

At home, I did an internet search for local chiropractors. A man’s face appeared on the computer screen, and after reading an article about his practice, I felt compelled to reach out to him. Something about his gentle technique, his college credentials, and the sound of the happy receptionist on the phone immediately put me at ease. Without my mentioning, the doctor offered what I had wished to be paid. He even said he could pay me no less, and he was the embodiment of patience and encouragement—one of the best teachers I’ve had to this day, and certainly, the best boss.

During a marketing event, I approached a man to talk to him about the work we did. He grabbed his neck and defensively said that a chiropractor had ruined his life. After a sad conversation, he finally revealed the name of the doctor he was talking about. It was the man whose offer I had declined, and I wasn’t surprised.

Because I followed my instincts, I was drawn to the right environment for what I was looking for. I learned from a skilled doctor who took his time teaching me the precision of his profession. We worked harmoniously for two years until I left for college. I didn’t end up pursuing chiropractic (science just wasn’t my forte,) but I learned more than I ever could have at any other office and I have maintained great relations with my past coworkers ever since. To this day, I will never forget the importance of believing that the right opportunities will come. This thought saved me from one bad doctor and pointed me in the direction of an admirable professional and mentor.

Just think of all the great opportunities coming your way, and soon they’ll appear! (Encore choir and heavenly lights.)

Have you had any success with the Law of Attraction? Or maybe only bad luck seems to be attracted to you? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Sharon
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Very inspiring!

    “Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go”


  2. Sara Kosmyna
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the quote, Sharon! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Oleg
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink


  4. Allek
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Watch it, it helped me to be who I am today, a successful student and entrepreneur.

  5. Mary
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I believe in the law of attraction too. In one particular case I was going with my daughter and niece to see a show in NY and we didn’t have much time to get there. We approached an intersection and instead of a red light keeping us immobile, gridlock. My niece finally was able to move the car but she noticed the street we had to turn on was closed. Now we weren’t sure of how to get there. I was in the backseat and wanted to help so I just said oh its a shortcut. A shortcut, yes its a shortcut we all said out loud. You know we got there not only with a half hour to spare, but with a parking garage right around the corner with just a few yards to walk to the show. We were so happy and enjoyed The Wendy Williams Show immensely!

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