Use the Law of Attraction to achieve your career goals


By Sharon Graham.

It’s hard to believe that some ten years ago, The Secret came on the scene causing quite a bit of excitement and uproar. The great ascent of the book and video can be credited somewhat to Oprah Winfrey’s support, but much criticism arose because some believed people would use The Secret to focus more on obtaining material possessions.

To many of us in the career services field, “The Secret” is really no secret at all. It’s the Law of Attraction.

If you’re hoping to achieve your goals, you can use this law to your benefit.

First of all, I have to admit that the meteoric rise of the book and then the documentary “The Secret” raised a rollercoaster of emotions in me. On the one hand, I have unconsciously used this law all along. It clearly helped me to achieve many goals. But then, I look at our working world today, and I wonder why some good people who take what seem like good steps don’t achieve their goals. Through my own soul searching, I came to realize something. As with most laws, the Law of Attraction is not a perfect law — but it does increase our chances of success.

If you’re serious about using the Law of Attraction to achieve your goals, here is the real secret: You must apply these components: think positively, work deliberately, and act proactively.


A bad attitude can kill any dream. So, first of all, you need to think positively. If you believe that you can’t do it, you probably won’t. But, if you know that you can do it, it’s very likely that you will. So, forget about your past failures. Start fresh. Envision yourself in the ideal position doing exactly what you really want to do. Stay focused on your future. Write down some steps that you need to take to get yourself there. Project yourself taking those steps. And, most of all, believe that you will get there.


Thinking positively is only one part of the Law of Attraction. It’s just as important to work deliberately. Take positive action in every area of your career. If you are haphazardly working on anything and everything that comes to your attention, stop it. Re-focus on your goals towards the steps you need to take to make them happen.

Deliberately tackle any challenges and barriers you perceive. For example, if you don’t know how to penetrate the hidden job market through the use of current social media and technology, then learn about it. If the idea of presenting or interviewing makes you nervous, start gaining confidence by practicing first on your own, then with trusted friends and colleagues.

The Law of Attraction is not a “make work” project. You can re-purpose and build on everything that you do. For example,  if you’re tentative about following up with people, make a concerted effort to draft one thank-you letter. Then send a version of it to every contact that gives you any kind of help at all.


Proactively take the steps that you need to take. As with many things in our lives, sometimes the hardest part is starting. But, if you proactively work towards your goals, you will achieve them. For example, if social networking is something that you have never really put into action, then pick up the phone and start connecting with colleagues and business associates today.

The Law of Attraction is not a “magic bullet.” But if you positively, deliberately, and proactively use it, you will change your thinking and your actions. When you apply this secret, I’m certain that you will achieve your goals!


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