“When you focus your thoughts on something you want, and you hold that focus, you are in that moment summoning what you want with the mightiest power in the Universe.” – Rhonda Brynes
When Rhonda Brynes – author of The Secret, told us that our thoughts manifest to create our lives and universe, it seemed a little far-fetched to believe. To truly believe that our thoughts have such immense power, as to make something really happen, sounds a little like magic. If that were the case, we would all have won lotteries, had fat bank accounts, successful careers and the best love lives right? No single person can have that much luck. Yet, Brynes might have been on to something.
When I read Rhonda Brynes first book, The Secret, I was inspired like many others to follow her word for word. Eventually my magazine cutout collage of all the things I desired began to fold at the edges, and I decided it was time to give up on this.
Several years later, I came across an interesting article about luck. I didn’t believe in luck, so I only read it to see what new mockery had been thought up now. In this article, Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire and the author of The Luck Factor, had conducted an experiment on ‘luck’. His research consisted of over 400 volunteers, whom he questioned, interviewed, and put through many personality tests. As a result of this he placed his volunteered in 2 groups, those who considered themselves ‘lucky’ and those who thought themselves to be constantly ‘unlucky’.
As part of the experiment he handed all of them a newspaper, and asked them to count the number of photographs inside. The unlucky people counted 43, while the lucky ones stopped at page 2. The second page of the newspaper consisted of a photograph taking up the entire page that read, “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” Wiseman placed a similar message halfway through the newspaper, which said, “Stop counting. Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.” Again, he noticed that the lucky ones caught this, whereas the unlucky group were busy counting photographs and looked right past it.
Wiseman’s personality tests had revealed that unlucky people were generally more tense and anxious, always expecting the worst. This anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the good. Unlucky people miss out on great opportunities because they are too busy looking for something else. Determined to find a certain job offer, they miss out on other great job offers in the newspaper. Those who consider themselves unlucky doubt their own instincts and pass up on great opportunities, thinking they won’t work. Lucky people on the other hand proved to be more relaxed and open, therefore able to see much more clearly when opportunity knocks at their front door.
Wiseman followed up his research with 4 basic principles of generating good luck. “My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good,” – Richard Wiseman.
Similarly, when Rhonda Brynes spoke about our thoughts manifesting into reality, maybe she was on to something similar. If we adopt the attitude of gratitude, learn to count our blessings and the good in life; we automatically tune our thoughts to a more positive frequency. Consequently, this keeps up happy, calm, and more open to opportunity. Therefore resonating into attracting more good luck and fortune in their lives.