As I started the course of my day going about planning and doing when I
happened on an email I received from Nightingale-Conant with a motivational quote that captured me like a magnet, I was drawn to it. It said,
“Man is a magnet, and every line and dot and
detail of his experiences come by his own attraction.”
— Elizabeth Towne:
As I read a little bit lower on the page, it said
“What happens when you load too many photos or papers under the refrigerator magnet? It
falls to the floor. Why? Has it lost its magnetic properties? No. It
was simply a weak magnet and therefore could only attract a little. We
all hold this same “magnetic ability” to attract all of life’s
experiences. By empowering their mind, some have enhanced their
magnetic ability — thus attracting most anything they think of. While
most, unaware of their own power of attraction, are like the fridge
magnet that can’t attract the simplest things in life. How strong is
your magnet?” — Joe Vitale
I thought about this as I ran out to do my errands. I stopped by the ATM, went to the Chiropractor, ordered Starbucks at the drive-thru, went to the grocery store and home again, all the while with Steven Covey’s book “The 7 habits of Highly Effective people” (Powerful Lessons in Personal Change) at my feet. I had brought the book with me in case I had down time while I was out, I would read. Well, I sailed through my errands and found myself pulled to this book every time I looked to the floorboard of the car. When I arrived home, I couldn’t wait to get somewhere quiet where I could read. I began scanning the pages and was drawn to one page that had a diagram. In it were two circles one inside the other. The caption on the outer circle was “Circle of Concern” on the inner circle was “Circle of Influence”. The writer was talking about being proactive in thought, words, deed and he says:
”As we look at those things within our Circle of Concern, it becomes apparent that there are some things over which we have no real control and others that we can do something about.” Later, he goes on to say, “Proactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about. The nature of their energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing their circle of Influence to increase.
Reactive people on the other hand, focus their efforts in the Circle of concern. They
focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control. Their focus results in blaming and accusing attitudes, reactive language, and increased feelings of victimization. The negative energy generated by that focus, combined with neglect in areas they could do something about, causes their Circle of Influence to shrink.”
Over time I have come to know when the Universe wants to reveal something to me. I tend to see multiples of the same word or theme. In this way, I get the hint that Spirit is guiding me and wants me to take a closer look at something. Every day we go about our ways doing our thing not thinking much about
anything or thinking too much about one thing and sometimes something will catch our eye, our interest. In my heart I ponder on various different ways to draw unto myself that which I desire, that which I hope for. I purpose to start each day with a marvelous intention, however, as we all know even the best of intentions can come to naught if a monkey wrench gets thrown in the engine of our intentions.
When that happens, all we must do is to recall what it is we want. Think about what we want
with a feeling of joy, as if it’s already come to pass, then like a magnet we can draw once again. Hopefully this time with more focus and clarity to that which we want to bring into our lives. Then take action(s). Even if the only action you can take is to have faith for it. Having faith stirs the creative imagination into thinking of ways or even bringing to us, the means, to accomplish that which we purpose, magnifying our circle of influence, diminishing the circle of concern. You see the more you can do about something (give thought to it and act on those thoughts) the less there is to care for or have concern about. The more we focus on what we want the harder the universe goes to work sorting out the details of how to bring it to us. The sooner we can be or become what we think about.
“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” — Napoleon Hill