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Mental Toughness and the Law Of Attraction

Updated on February 1, 2016

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Where Did It Really Start?

Jerry and Esther Hicks' Spiritual Money Tree: Stories Behind the Abraham-Hicks Teachings and the Law of Attraction
Jerry and Esther Hicks' Spiritual Money Tree: Stories Behind the Abraham-Hicks Teachings and the Law of Attraction

A book about where it started, what they claim and the many things they wish you would never discuss...

 

Is the Law of Attraction Easy for You?

Strong in Body and Mind

The "Law of Attraction" had all of us thinking differently when we first read about it, didn't it? Were you as surprised as I was when you saw how it fit in with your experience?

The Secret, left little doubt that the "law of attraction" tapped into beliefs, hopes and even insights many of us believe we share without really knowing everything about how it all happens.

Physical Fitness and Mental Toughness Can't Be Separated

I remember being fascinated by how the film's contributors hit the notes of something I knew intuitively but had never put together completely.

Next came the bestselling book, Esther and Jerry Hicks' The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, and my ideas about life and how it all worked were in a whirl of new connections.

But, as excited as I was, some unresolved issues remained. I wondered where the strength I trusted, mental toughness, fit in.

All the LOA guru's told us there was no need for it. Just learn to focus on what you want.

All that conviction was more hindrance than help. It kept you from "letting it in," as Esther Hicks claimed. You had to let your guard down.

The only discipline you needed was in staying focused on all the things you wanted in your heart.

Increasingly, a lot of us had trouble with that claim. If it was all supposed to be so easy, why weren't more people realizing their dreams every day?

More important, if we weren't supposed to use them, why did God - or Source, in Esther Hicks' universe - give us such extraordinary powers to think things through and make judgements based on experience and learning?

Were you as confused about the mixed messages as I was?


Religious Magic or Hard Core Experience

Dealing with the Law of Attraction

After you look at the situation for a while, you begin to notice that the law's greatest attraction is its ease and simplicity. Not much but effort is required.

The hardest thing Esther Hicks, the law's best know proponent, requires is "reaching for the next best thought." Holding a desired outcome in mind for a mere 17 seconds, she tells followers, and it begins to manifest.

Therein resides the real problem with the law of attraction, as pitched by Esther Hicks, who inspired The Secret, making a good chunk of change and drawing in new followers from it, and the dozens of imitators who eagerly set up shop, some even claiming to channel the same group of entities, Abraham, that Esther says she does.

The real problem is the elusive terms by which it's described. Advocates say the magic happens when you change your "vibration."

(When she gets highfalutin, Hicks calls it "your vibrational countenance.")

Yet, no one ever tells you what your vibration is. Defensive, practitioners leap to a laughable oversimplification of quantum physics:

"Everything's a vibration."

Well, no it isn't, but even if that described the whole equation, so what? How do you, also, a vibration, change anything?

A little mental agility tears this nonsense to shreds, which is why Esther Hicks and her imitators routinely tell their followers not to think too much. You might figure something out.

Like Attracts Like

The law of attraction philosophy is based on the general idea that like attracts like.

"You get what you think about."

Thinking about wealth attracts wealth in proportion to your clarity of thought, for example. The more you let its opposite, poverty, leak into your thoughts, the less effective you are in bringing in the dough.

And the reverse is true. Thinking about being poor causes you to stay embedded in poverty.

To take this a step further, consider that Hicks also claims that your actions are virtually meaningless. It's your vibration or thoughts that bring results.

The idea that you don't have to do anything certainly appeals to the spiritually lazy, but the surprising thing is that the laziness runs so deep, followers seem undisturbed by a lack of results.

Over several years of writing in this niche, I've repeatedly asked LOA advocates to share success stories clearly related to their practices. I have never gotten a single one.

Blame the Victim

You can see where the danger is. Despite the obvious appeal of personal responsibility inherent in these teachings, the idea that there is unmitigated truth in them suggests something else, a blame the victim strategy that goes to extremes.

So extreme is Esther Hicks philosophy that she insists that infants are responsible for for their own abuse and women for their being abuse. This is a logical extension, but how is that possible?

The infants absorbed and held their parents' negative vibrations, even while still to young to have a thought of their own. They brought it on themselves, an inescapable conclusion from the law of attraction.

You should assume the same is true for victims of violence at any age.

In a workshop in Buffalo, just two weeks after the September 11 disaster, she explained that the victims in the World Trade Center and elsewhere were all essentially suicides.

Taking it in a slightly different direction, Esther Hicks nodded in agreement when a workshop attendee prefaced his question by saying that his friend "gave himself cancer."

Any person with the mental toughness to face reality straight on is sickened by these teachings and turned off by anyone who defends them.

As for the law of attraction followers, confronted, most just go into denial about these teachings, much like Catholics deny the truths of the Inquisition and Scientists deny the science of eugenics that led to the Holocaust.

Unfortunately for all of them, the facts are on the record.

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger, Tougher

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Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body (The Women's Fitness Series)

Finding your power means getting your head and body together and making both stronger than ever.

 

How-To, A Powerful Mind

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Robbins offers reality based lessons and practices that he promises will make your dreams come true. He offers learning, not magic.

The exact opposite of Esther Hicks, Robbins emphasizes the importance of taking "massive action" in the direction of your dreams.

 

The Importance of Mental Toughness

Evolution of a Thinking Brain

We aren't necessarily better, but we are certainly different than any other species in terms of having brains that facilitate objective thought. We've conjured plenty of bad things with them. The pending disaster of global warming is a good example, but for the most part, our mental toughness has consistently made the world better, at least for human.

  • We've extended our average lifespans to limits inconceivable a century ago.
  • Not only do we live longer, we live better, healthier lives.
  • The pain of infant and juvenile mortality from illness has been vastly reduced, making childhood less risky as our immune systems develop.
  • Exploration has opened up new lands, including extraterrestrial, that allow a fast-growing population places to grow.
  • Softer social sciences have shown us how much all humans have in common, giving us a start toward real equality and fairness among peoples.

There's more, but you get the picture. Our mental prowess has shown us that we can be masters of our universe, with effort, in time. We've already come a long way in the short history of modern humans. A belief that, whatever goes wrong, whatever challenges we face, we have the right stuff to survive and prosper fills our thinking with hope.

A crucial failure of the law of attraction crowd is that, if their beliefs are true, none of this happened from effort or ingenuity, but from passively changing whatever vibrations are and thinking the the next best thought. Pride of achievement is nothing when you can win by sitting on your couch and focusing attention on winning the lottery.

Contrast: Mental Toughness vs The Law of Attraction

Who wins?

At its core, following a belief is the law of attraction is a form of surrender, a refusal to be fully human.

Is there a grain of truth in the law of attraction? Of course there is and more than a grain, too.

That's what makes it so appealing and so dangerous.

You take a wisdom we all seem to have and twist it for a profit by leaving out the challenging parts, the things that take real effort and conviction. It separates people between elites in the know and victims, and it relieves them of empathy.

After all, those others put themselves in harms way, didn't they? They gave themselves sicknesses and put themselves in physical danger by offering the wrong vibrations.

Mentally strong people will have none of this. A thinking mind doesn't rely on selected facts to justify a belief in magic. Mental toughness gets results or changes approaches. A strong, thinking mind doesn't rely on a guru who claims to get messages directly from God for truth. It seeks it independently, freely and openly.

Most important, mental toughness teaches us the importance of sharing our human community. The so-called law of attraction divides us between haves and have nots.

David Stone

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      Rosica Koleva 20 months ago

      Very Interesting!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 22 months ago

      Very interesting hub. I am a student at Unity Institute and my fellow classmates and I have often talked about the law of attraction, vibration frequency etc. Honestly, I'm not sure I have all of the answers yet but I know that I enjoy pondering these ideas. Your hub will have me thinking on this topic again and again. Thank you for that! Blessings!

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      David Stone 22 months ago from New York City

      1) The law of attraction, as defined by Abraham Hicks and others, is easily discovered in related articles linked to on this page or by searching on the web. People define it however they like. It's an idea, an unregulated commodity.

      2) The Secret is a movie as well as a book. It's well-documented on the web.

      3) Mental Toughness is a self-defining term.

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      Jay C OBrien 22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      How does this article define: the law of attraction?

      Different people may define it differently.

      The Secret? Is this a film? Synopsis needed.

      Mental Toughness needs definition.

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      David Stone 22 months ago from New York City

      Can you be more specific, please? As far as I know, everything referenced is readily available for deeper exploration elsewhere on the web, but without knowing your specific interests, I can't tell.

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      Jay C OBrien 22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Please define your terms and explain references at the beginning of the article. I am not familiar with them therefore this was a hard read for me.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Thank you, Rabadi. I appreciate it.

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      2 years ago from New York

      Excellent hub! I'm a soul believer in the law of attraction you give what you get, you earned a new follower :)

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Interesting take on it. Thanks for the detailed thought.

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      RainbowKittens 2 years ago

      There is a thread on there which infers Abraham is a demonic possession. lmao have fun one way or another, right? Another where the brutal stupidity and heavy handedness over reaching authority of the mods is clearly spelled out then demonstrated by the mods, ending with Marc deferring to the owner, saying, He's the real authority. lmao. I think they feel like they won something. deeply illogical and irrational people. And perhaps they have, pulling the wool over peoples eyes, decreasing empathy and generosity and responsibility in the world and raking in the dough for the demonic overlord. lmao. Lmao but also I am feeling bad for the people who have been misled and abused by these followers of the Demon Abraham. funny and sad too. I hope you don't mind me updating you. Yes, I'm saying it. If Non Physical entities exist, Esther Hicks is surely channeling a Demon. No wonder she has a hard time overcoming her grief so much so that she is still needing to believe that he is still alive. Like, wouldn't a deceased love one, want you to move on? Would they want you to exist as if they are still alive and somehow your relationship is better than ever? Thats so sad. Its so very sad that this woman is channeling a demon. The demon was probably summoned because of her and Jerry's excessive greed and lack of principals. Whether she believes in Abraham or is just play acting, the world suffers from the perspective that pure positive energy would ever say, you brought this disease/poverty/hunger/misfortune on yourself, no one has to care. Thats a demonic ideal, whether you are a theist or atheistic or agnostic.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      I couldn't agree with you more, RainbowKittens. You made laugh. I'm glad you got out and hope you're an example for others. I was, by the way, kicked out of the forum myself, about five years ago, for questioning some of the claims. It seems to me, if they really believed in themselves, they wouldn't worry about questions and just let the law of attraction sort things out.

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      RainbowKittens 2 years ago

      I wonder what kind of spiritual teaching would cause followers invalidate the feelings and efforts of a person who is suicidal and asking for help? And bully a person who is reaching out with empathy and compassion, by claiming that person trying to help was getting ootv. Ootv people get told to be quiet, take a nap, and also have their threads shut down. Banning seems to happen suddenly and even to longstanding members (Evey) who have over 7000+ positive uplifting posts. I guess she was too clever for them. I'm glad my eyes are open, Thank You David Stone1.

      I feel some self sympathy that I was sucked into believing in the abe lies. Check out the abe forum. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it. They have thrown out logic, and also manners, and simple sympathy/empathy as well. If the fruit is so corrupt what is the root like? The proof is in the freaking pudding. They probably did contribute to Ari killing herself. What if this person, "nameless", had killed himself?

      It hurts that in a vulnerable time I found a forum filled with the desensitized and bullies. I guess, using Abe's term, I was a vibrational match. I hope that I've never hurt anyone. Thats not who I am and not anything I represent or can even allow. I'm so angry at them and myself. Disgusting.

      What a horrible culture. I think the only reason I see through it is because I finally embraced myself, and I'm feeling much better. I would never knowingly tolerate or contribute to abuse, of myself or others. How impossible that a feel good message is used to shame and bully others? I want to put my foot, so far up their as**** that it comes out the vortex. hahahahaha This feels very "in the vortex" for me. (more abe speak)

      The Forum reminds me of the whole experiment with the guards vs the inmates. Except the inmates are devotees hoping for a blessing. And they are willing to rat on and guard each other. Policing peoples emotions is a new low, or is it an old low? Emotion police has got to be worse than thought police.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for your insightful thoughts, RainbowKittens.

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      RainbowKittens 2 years ago

      Mental toughness, LOA, whatever you use that works for you is cool.

      However, my issue is that some people try to teach LOA in a way that is extremely corrupting. We learn things like empathy in childhood, for good reasons. Now a good teacher will build on the foundations and show why those things make sense, and then add to that additional information on how to healthily go beyond that. But the bent of some of this new stuff seems to childishly assume, oh, we've got it right, the old things are stupid. You can throw them out. That a pure corrupting garbage message. Mental toughness is excellent, taking it beyond that, while respecting that, is where its at! They reduce the message until it looses coherence and is destructive to what comes before. Thats immature and unbalanced. I bet that why CheryIsArt found it easy before she heard the "science" of it. Because the supposed "science" is filled with misleading loss of nuance and rebellion cloaked as being evolved. Evolution builds on what comes before, any "evolution" which doesn't add to the organism is actually parasitic. - a burden. You shouldn't be "burdened" by knowing about loa.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Good for you that you've worked things out, although it puzzled me how a mother can "detach ... from other people" or how anyone could "live without conditions."

      My sense is, you will outgrow this. As you mature, I hope you retain the good parts of what you've found and not be discouraged too much when reality interferes.

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      NM 2 years ago

      Abraham Hicks gives a fantastic support when it comes to really understand what LoA is all about, and personally it helped me speed up my process to live without conditions. I have learned to detach from circumstances and other people, leaving only unconditional love that does not require anything from anyone to make me happy. That's my job. And it means that when I love, I don't judge, I just love. When I live, I don't judge, I just live. Yes, I know how to manifest what's important to me, and it is not that hard. But that's not what's important to me. The important thing is that it has changed me. My happiness comes from the inside, and because of that, I finally live a happy life and create more happiness into it. I am at ease. I'm chilled. I am more creative and action oriented than before, it just doesn't require that much effort anymore.

      If the Abraham Hicks thing is a scam, then so be it. I don't care. I only care about what it has done for me and my life. And not to mention what it has done for my kids to have a mother free from stress, anxiety and worries. To have a mother completely free from the blame game of life.

      I finally feel freedom. And I offer those around me freedom from any responsibility for my personal happiness.

      What you are focused on, is the outer layers of the Law of Attraction. The first baby steps presented by books like The Secret. But that's just like reading the cover of a book and think you know everything written inside of it. And from there we have the saying "don't judge the book by it's cover".

      I wish you happiness in life, and if that means spending your time and energy to prove that Abraham Hicks is a scam, then go for it. Nothing is ever wrong as long as you feel it's right for you. Your truth is your truth. Simple as that.

      Hugs.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      You're right. That's the stuff that turned me completely off the Abraham-Hicks community. Blame the victim is a terrible philosophical point of view.

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      Suncoast1234 2 years ago

      My father died of cancer and for anyone to insinuate that it was his "negative thinking" that brought it on makes me sick. He was the kindest, most thoughtful, loving man, father, husband and doctor. He was always there to being calm in a stressful situation and had a positive outlook. The LOA wasn't at play wen he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Shame on anyone who would try to suggest otherwise

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      I'm not sure you made your point, Roderick, but maybe some readers will find some sense in it.

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      Roderick Ángel 2 years ago

      Your Human Design has the answers. LOA works to the extent to which it matches the strengths and talents you chose to explore during your visit to the Earthly Plane, prior to your arrival. Visit roderickangel.com, and I'll be happy to interpret your chart. So long as you provide your birthdate, birthplace, birth year, and birth hour, and you have the intestinal fortitude to look yourself in the mirror and deal constructively with who you really are, what I say should put to rest whatever doubts you have concerning the subject. Whether you accept the invitation or not, all was, is, and ever shall be well.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for your thought out comment, Wayne. I can't say there is anything here I disagree with.

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      Wayne Peebles 2 years ago

      I lean towards a mental, physical and spiritual toughness. You can

      achieve a bogus success by running ramshod over people. Which has been the predominant pattern in our society for too long. Life sometimes

      gives us some hard choices too make. It would have been better if someone would have blown the whistle on what was going on at the

      investment firms at Wall Street. However the wheelin and dealin get

      going until they started crashing! Same with loosey goosey credit in regards to the banks. Which spawned the foreclosures from sea to shining sea. If something is wrong do you say it is. Or stay in your comfort zone. Better to say I am glad I did; than to say woulda coulda,

      but I didn't. A lot of it just boils down to what your core values are.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for your detailed and personal ideas, Robert. (And good luck debating with your Dad!)

      I appreciate your taking the time respond so thoughtfully.

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      Robert A. 3 years ago

      LOA, free will, Mental toughness, its all the same. Mental toughness is what you need to get through some serious hardships such as legal problems, bankruptcy, job loss, cancer. You need mental toughness so you don't jump, so you can back to LOA or free will. Sometimes a trial is a road on your LOA map to get what you want. That's what happened to me. It took me 4 years to get where I am and I went through dumbest and worst bullshit not knowing that was all needed for what my heart wanted. Or maybe I didn't need it but just delayed it. Dr. Wayne always says: What you want is already on its way. And looking back I don't think I could have ruined it if I wanted to lol. Its happening whether we know it or not.

      You can use LOA to see how you created the cancer or created your legal problems. Healing is the opposite of LOA. Thoughts -emotion =healing. Healing is forgiveness. Forgivness is seeing what you thought was an attack on you was FEAR. Fear is false.

      People interpret things how they want. The secret is the worst book in explaining universal principle. It's a little off because its telling if you "think about what you want you can create it" . Its more about "believing". That's why Dr. Wayne didn't want to be a part of it. Its written at least 50 years after books that already explained this principle known by hundreds of the most successful people ever lived. Such as Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich. Ernest Holmes Science Of Mind and my favorite A Course in Miracles. The Secret has great purpose and intentions though and the world needed a breakthrough like that because there is so much garbage in the mainstream. In fact it is all garbage if its not on Oprah. Everyone needs a shift in perception to start taking responsibility for everything that comes into your life. I think the book applies more to the negative things that happen. As far Hicks go. I think they complicate something that is actually more simple than they explain. They use their own terminology which I don't like. I mean Source, Collective consciousness, matrix, void, whatever, there is no shorter word than God. As far as the silly baby thing being a choice. I argue with my dad all the time because he says the same thing. But I don't bother to half a belief set in stone because it will always change. However, Its better to believe its a choice than not. And probably better to see God in the situation than not. We will never know how they feel. At the same time no one can decide for us how we are going to feel. I see families trying to keep their elders alive who think they are doing the right thing. 99% of the time that's what the family wants not what the patient wants. Anyway that's I know not what I believe and I'm sticking to it. lol

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Yep, there is a lot of controversy about the New Testament, too detailed to go into here, but I will agree completely with what you've said here, crickerbuns. (I'd love to hear the origins of that name!)

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      crickerbuns 3 years ago

      In referring to anything Jesus supposedly said, it's all un-provable.

      For instance, Ashley quotes from the book of Mark, in the "New" Testament. Mark never met Jesus. He's not an Apostle.

      Besides a fact like that, no one has ever moved a mountain, purely by thinking it.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I'm not sure the Bible confirms anything, especially this, Ashley, but thank you for sharing your thought.

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      Ashley 3 years ago

      The bible confirms this. Mark 11:23 "22And Jesus answered saying to them, "Have faith in God. 23"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.…"

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Listening well is the greatest secret of all, Lauren. Thanks and best to you.

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      Lauren K17 3 years ago

      I'm a Christian and I believe Jesus was trying to teach us on these very subjects. And I definitely believe we're supposed to be strong, mentally and physically. My sister and I discuss LOA all the time. I think there's some truth to it, but I try to be careful and see what God has in mind for us. I keep praying for answers, and came across this article "randomly," so there you go! Lol, that's my belief anyway :)

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for your wise and enlightening comment, Jay.

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      Jay 3 years ago

      I had never heard of people thinking this way outside of scientology. I believe the law of attraction is true to the extent that it explains the function of the mind and human nature. If you think positively you will naturally begin looking for the ways to fulfill what it is u desire. Same is true for negative thoughts. The law of attraction isn't magic it simply explains what it is that humans do naturally. Think positively and act accordingly to attract what u want. I think ppl can indeed attract bad circumstances but its silly to believe it goes as far as a stray bullet hit u because u were being neagtive in ur thoughts. I think Bryan Tracy, jim rohn, tony robbins, les brown, Eric Thomas and the immortal napoleon hill all have the right take on this theory. Faith without work is dead. The universe can't teach u to play piano. ^_^

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Anthony Robbins is my personal favorite. He has a terrific, respected track record.

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      Manda 3 years ago

      So what type of books are out there that help me toughen my mental toughness?

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      You're right. It's covered and I agree with you.

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      B.Latu 3 years ago

      Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill. Teaches mental toughness and visualization, combine the two and you can have what you want. It just takes time to master it, but that's why I believe in it. I can't believe in something that gets you something from nothing. Life is about learning to be disciplined enough to know what you need to work on and doing it even when you don't want to. I'm sure this was already covered but just wanted to give my opinion. Thanks for this.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @HSP Connections: Thanks. Your take on it is worth thinking about,

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Isn't it-- ultimately-- just about "paying attention?" Seems to me that so many people-- on both sides of the argument-- make the whole thing far more complicated than it is. Of course, the cynic in me says there's "no profit in simplicity."When you are looking for a new car... you determine you want a yellow VW bug. Suddenly you notice VW bugs everywhere. Yet? There's exactly the same number of yellow VW bugs on the road... but your focus have changed. At any given moment, we're bombarded with thousands of inputs from our environment... but we only "consciously" process maybe a few dozen of them. Isn't LOA-- or a strong mind-- merely a case of actively bringing something you're "interested in" into active processing...and you being more likely to experience something you're paying attention to, than something you're not?Enjoyed your article-- you always bring up some really interesting points!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @adammuller003 lm: Thank you for your comment, Adam. The real problem is the oversimplification of something much too complex for easy affirmations and faith. Some people don't want to engage enough with the world to see how it really works.

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      adammuller003 lm 3 years ago

      Dave, great lens, man.I dig your conclusion:"Most important, mental toughness teaches us the importance of sharing our human community. The so-called law of attraction divides us between haves and have nots."I've wrestled with a lot of this stuff, but from a different sort of angle: I was involved with an evangelical christian church when I was young. Faith-based healing ministry type stuff. Basically, "If you believe enough you'll be healed then you'll be healed." (which turned into the opposite as well, "If you're sick, you lack faith.")I was too young to have much mental toughness, but there was something about it that didn't ring true. Ultimately, it separated and divided, and even pitted people against each other. Rather than bringing people together. It was painful to watch. I prefer beliefs that bring people together rather than dividing them. Thanks for the time you put into this! :)

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @Ibidii: Thanks, Sherry. I'll find someone to take your beer and leave the rock and roll.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @SteveKaye: It certainly isn't simple, Steve. Thanks for the example.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I would chose give me a beer and good ole rock n roll, but minus the beer. I don't drink alcohol. This is an enigma for sure. I can't agree with 911 as suicide for the victims or infant and others attracting abuse. That is ludicrous! Great lens and congratulations on over one million pins on Pinterest!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      There was a scheme where someone sent out a huge number of letters, half predicting the DOW would go up and half predicting the DOW would go down. Then the schemer sent another mailing to those who had received the letter that guessed correctly, again half predicting up and half down. This continued for weeks until a small number of people where left who had received only the correct guesses. Then the schemer sent a letter offering to help manage their finances. This final group concluded that the schemer has a magical ability to predict the stock market, and Bingo, they were robbed.There's really no magic answer to achieving anything. It's a combination of hard work, persistence, planning, good intentions, positive thinking, skills, talent, relationships, good practice, and (often most important) luck.

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      Tonie Cook 3 years ago from USA

      Wonderful!!!!

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      Nice lens David!

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      ismeedee 3 years ago

      I admit I've barely looked at it. When you know how to tap into your limitless divine power, it seems like kindergarten stuff!!! I think you were getting onto that by questioning it!!! Lots of Love...

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks, Jonathan. According to what Esther Hicks has said, it may be thought, emotion or a fluffy something called "vibration." (I liked the Beach Boys, too, but I didn't think they were messengers from God.)Somewhere, there's a grain of truth in it, but in the dumbed down version, what is being pitched is a lazy man's guide to spiritual insight, as if all you have to do is "reach fro the next best-feeling thought" and, voila! happiness will permanently be yours.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      What I don't like about LOA is that it seems to suggest that our thoughts control or influence what happens to us. However, there is plenty that we have zero control over - but we can control our responses. Mental Toughness therefore makes much more sense to me.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @JackSchermerhorn: Right, Jack. You can't just daydream carelessly, take no action and end up with what you want. You have to be clear and that takes mental toughness and clarity.

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      JackSchermerhorn 3 years ago

      I think Law Of Attraction is real, and can be very useful, BUT without Mental Toughness and effort, you'll get stick with wishing this and that, never being able to achieve your dreams... So, there's got to be a balance: think of what you want, visualize it, and then go for it!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @David Stone1: Yes, probably harder at first. But then with practice and repetition, it becomes easier.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @CherylsArt: Yeah, I get that, Cheryl. Innocence was easier. However, in the long run, knowledge and expertise can make you more effective. Sooner or later, the low hanging fruit is gone, and you have to work harder.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Back before I ever heard of the law of attraction, when I just imagined things for the heck of it, I was pleasantly surprised when things just "showed up." When I learned about the science of it, then it wasn't as easy. I'd like it to be easy again. : )