“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

I have written in the past about avoiding negative media, gossip, etc. (see Do Shoot the Messenger). But I think too many people dismiss the idea (see Be Careful What You Dismiss) and don’t realize the damaging effect it has. Our lives are governed by our beliefs, our internal, subconscious beliefs. You may consciously think you want to attract certain things into your life, but it’s the inner beliefs and focus that control us and our subconscious. Tony Robbins says it this way “where focus goes, energy flows.” In other words what you focus on internally is where your subconscious energy is working.

You may say I want more money and even have goals to that effect, but if you are constantly worrying about your bills and not having enough money then that’s where your energy will focus. You can’t tell your brain not to do something. It doesn’t know how to not do a thing. When you focus on what you don’t want it to do it has to do it. It’s like the example of not thinking of a pink elephant dancing in a tutu. You can’t tell your brain not to think of it, because it automatically will.

So how do we focus ourselves internally as well as externally? First avoid and release all the negative. That means you don’t need to dwell on the all the problems in the world at large. There are beautiful, wonderful things happening all over the world everyday but it’s not “news worthy” so we don’t hear about it. But it is there and you can find it if you look for it. Train yourself to see the good not the bad, the hopeful not the discouraging. I’m not saying ignore the struggles of life and those around you. Instead do something about it! Help someone out, give blood, work at a shelter, donate to a local charity, not just your money or possessions but your time and caring. This will help you find the joy of service and fell gratitude as you make a difference. Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down things you are grateful for, the sunshine, the beauty of the outdoors, food on the table, a roof over your head, loving family and friends. Do this for 30 days to help refocus your subconscious on the good in life.

Next, let go! Stop worrying, fretting and stressing over problems that usually never happen anyway. People tend to look at the worst case scenario when things are tough. Yet things rarely go that way and worrying won’t help anything. If you constantly worry that you don’t have enough money, then your subconscious can only focus on not having enough money so that’s what it will work to manifest for you. Instead focus on having enough for not only your needs but your wants. Then stop worrying. The worry sabotages your efforts to attract the positive and changes your focus back to the negative.

In my next entry I will discuss the problems of feeling worthy to have what you want, but for now concentrate on a positive focus and letting go of the negative that undermines your efforts to attract what you want.