If you have read the hugely popular book ‘The Secret’ you will have read that, in order to get anything you want, all you need to do is visualize it and it will come to you. I tried it last night with a pizza in fact. I sat in my chair and visualized a pizza. I chanted, read affirmations and willed the pizza to appear. Guess what happened?Not a lot as you have probably already guessed. What the so called ‘new age’ personal development gurus are selling is a dream I’m afraid. They have tapped into the gold vein of personal development which is telling people they can get whatever they want a) without any effort and b) without moving out of their comfort zone.
I’m afraid it doesn’t work like that. Even all the gurus from The Secret such as Bob Proctor worked for many years to get what they wanted. They found out the real secret which is:
- Work out what you really want
- Set a plan to get there
- TAKE MASSIVE ACTION
So step 3 is the catch. The action bit. It involves consistent effort, working through challenges and roadblocks and keeping your motivation. Of course, telling people something they know but don’t want to hear isn’t very good for business. Hence the multi-billion dollar self help, cosmetics, fitness and diet industry.