In one of my previous articles, I discussed how focusing on what you want (referred to as the Law of Attraction in The Secret by Rhonda Byrne).
I like this concept and explained why it is good to be applied in real life. However, I lost every as soon as I read the author’s example of the Creative Process. This apparently makes the book very fictional and utopian. It completely takes science or common sense out of the equation for success.
I don’t want to repeat myself so if you are interested in getting more acquainted with my reaction to this book, read my review on GoodReads.com.
If you cannot find it there, read it here:
I wouldn’t say I disliked this book but I wouldn’t say it was OK either. However, my overall experience is closer to “didn’t like it” than it was to “it was ok” and due to not being able to give it a star and a half, I chose to give it a star.
The Secret is good motivational book when it comes to your mentality. Thoughts become things and focus on what you want are necessary concepts as part of our efforts to succeed in life on every aspect.
However, Rhonda Byrne lost me with her Creative Process – particularly when she explained the key to losing weight and the key to earning more money. She claims that it is all about belief that you can do it (the ask-believe-receive 3-step process), and completely refutes science from the equation, that is – thyroid function, metabolism and even the way we eat are not decisive in our efforts to lose weight or get better bodies in any aspect. Furthermore, she even recommends liking your body as it is now in order to get to where you want to get. While I can see that as part of the positive thinking phylosophy, in order to attain tangible change there has to be motivation, to say the least. As someone who has done this for a living and is still a gym rat, I cannot disagree more with her.
What I said in the second paragraph is the only good thing about the book. The rest is nonsense. You can be motivated to earn $1 million but it won’t materialize if you merely believe that you can do it. More often than not it requires a lot of effort to attain that $1 million. That claim – that the “Universe” is like a catalogue where you can choose whatever you want – is more utopian than The Communist Manifesto or anything of the likes of imagining a life in perfect harmony. A better approach that Rhonda Byrne should have taken is to be aware that there are obstacles but to believe that you will overcome them, not that you can eat whatever you want and still get that perfect body.