While I was in Grad School full-time I ran across the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. It had been out for several years, had been really hyped up, and I believe may have been on Oprah as well.
So, obviously I stayed away from it for a while. I don’t like books that are hyped like that because in general they tend to be very watered-down and not very good (to me). But one day at the book store I kept returning to it again and again. Not only did I buy “The Secret,” but I bought a $10,000 bill bookmark.
I devoured the book (even though I did realize it was watered down), and even watched the movie when that came out on Netflix Instant Watch. And I decided to put it to the test. I wrote myself a check for $42,000 and planned on making that by the end of the year.
This felt really far-fetched and totally out of reach to me, so I made a smaller goal of making that $10,000 in the next 2 months. I put a TON of time and energy into visualizing, repeating affirmations, meditating, and believing.
Though I made jewelry here and there and did Tarot readings every once in a while, I wasn’t really working my business. I was attending grad school full-time and had no other job.
In two months, I attracted just over $12,000.
Part of that money came from a scholarship. About a week or two after I bought “The Secret” and put it into action, I received a phone call that my department had suddenly received an endowment and needed to give three people scholarships worth about $4,500 each. And, by the way, would I like one of them?
I was doing NO research, had never applied for this, and there were over 350 people in my program. I was a Master’s student (the other recipients, I believe, were both getting PhD’s), only knew a couple of teachers, and hadn’t really done anything to make a splash in my program. I was on no committees, did no volunteer work, or anything else. Basically I was just taking 17 hours or so of credits and plowing through the program. Yet they chose me to receive the scholarship.
The rest of the money came from really strange places. People would contact me for readings or jewelry. Or they would offer to pay for things or buy them for me. Strangers would walk up to me and say, “I don’t know why I feel compelled to talk to you, but I wonder if you can help.” And then they would pay me for my advice.
It was all pretty amazing, a little creepy at times, and very awesome. Unfortunately, it was severely draining. I felt like I was putting out positive energy constantly, and I wasn’t resupplying myself. Every day started feeling like a struggle. I was starting to cry for no reason and then I started getting exhausted and very angry all the time.
So after two months, I quit my experiment. I have no doubt had I continued I would have attracted the other $30,000 in a few months. But at what cost?
I didn’t understand how to do things right at that time. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I also felt like I was getting too much in return for too little and needed to get through some money issues.
This time I’m doing things differently. I’ll be exploring some options so that I don’t get exhausted. I plan on making an extra $10,000 in the next 3 months. I want to start with something a little smaller this time that is still completely doable so that I don’t wear myself out.
What are your goals? Do you want to start on your LoA journey? Jump in and tell me what you’re going to accomplish in the next 3 or 4 months. Then sit back and enjoy the ride – I hope you’re ready!