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How the Law of Attraction Helps with Goal Setting and Personal Development

What do you want to do today? Who do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? Where do you want to be in 5 years or 10 years? What kind of salary do you want?

These are example questions that can help you with goal setting. Goals can be short term, such as I want to write a blog post today or long term, such as I want to become a nurse practitioner. You can manifest with the law of attraction, but you still have to work toward your goals.

If you've been waiting for a sign from the universe, this is it.

It is time to create your destiny.

Goal Setting for Success 101

Goal setting is easy, it’s following through that can be difficult. There’s a very common saying that nothing worth doing is easy.

It’s easy to find a 9-to-5 job that allows you to live paycheck-to-paycheck, but most six figure careers are going to require more than a job application with a good reference.

If you want a career that requires a certain level of college education, then the first step of your goal is to enroll in college. In today’s world, this is not a difficult task. Enrollment departments make the process simple. Colleges have created many programs to accommodate students with families and who are working full time jobs, and believe me...student loans are a little too easy to obtain.

So, if obtaining a career that requires a college education is your goal, what’s stopping you? Or maybe, you want a career that doesn’t require a lot of education, such as flipping houses, investing in real estate for long term rental properties, or making an income writing a novel or blog. Either way, the question remains the same.

What’s stopping you from reaching your goals? The answer is simple. You are.

Recognize Excuses and Stop Making Excuses

There are some [but very few] credible circumstances that cause people to put their goals on hold. There are also situations that make meeting goals harder, but not impossible. Some common excuses that hold people back are:

I’m a single parent, I just had a baby, I work two jobs, I don’t have time, I don’t have the resources, I don’t have a good support system, I’m not smart enough, I don’t even know where to start.

Excuses, excuses, excuses (my grandma said this all the time and it drove me crazy). Are you still with me? This is typically where people get angry. Nobody wants to hear that they are the cause of their own problems. But once you can accept this, you can start achieving your goals.

Here’s the best part: you’re never too old to work toward a goal. Even if you didn’t start five years ago, there’s no reason you can’t start now.

In 5 years, do you want to be working two jobs and living paycheck-to-paycheck or do you want to benefit your life and your family’s life with an awesome career? It is your choice.

You control your destiny. You are fully capable of being successful in life.

Accept Failures as Part of the Growth Process

I knew a girl who failed anatomy and physiology two times, but passed the third time. She became a nurse. I knew a girl who failed her RN licensing exam twice, but passed it the third time. She became a successful leader. On a more personal note, I hung out with the wrong crowd, was dazzled by the party lifestyle, and was expelled from high school as a straight F student. I became a nurse practitioner.


Failure is a part of life. You will fail at something. Multiple things. That's a 100% guarantee. No sugar coating needed.

Your accomplishments will always stand out more than your failures. Thomas Edison is well known as being the man who invented the light bulb, but he failed thousands of times while trying to invent this life changing invention. You don’t hear about his failed attempts, just the final outcome. However, as Thomas Edison would say:

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that something won’t work.

People with a growth mindset see failure as a stepping stone to success. If you can fail gracefully and continue to never give up, then you can be successful in life.

Sometimes you have to take two steps backward to move three steps forward.

Reward Yourself. You Deserve It!

Here’s the kicker though: you should only be rewarding yourself after you do the work. Too often people come home and sit for hours in front of the TV before going to bed. If you get into the habit of going straight for the reward then you’re setting yourself up for missed opportunities.

I watch Dexter every Sunday on Showtime (yes, it’s a bit dark for SpiritMint, but...well...I love that show). I don’t watch it until my house is clean, my laundry is done, the kid’s clothes are set out for the next day, and all tasks on my To Do List are completed.

When I was working full time in the emergency department and finishing my master’s degree (full time school work with clinic hours), then all of my school work needed to be completed before rewarding myself with a movie, or Facebook, or a mini TikTok binge.

On a more recent note, I wanted a latte from the local coffee shop, but I had two laundry baskets full of clothes that needed put away. I rewarded myself with the latte once my laundry was complete.

Align Your Thoughts with What You Want, But Do the Work

But I thought the law of attraction was just universal magic. Right? No Work Needed. Wrong!

I use the term law of attraction a lot because it is easily recognized as the concept of changing your thoughts to align with what you want in life. I feel like the law of attraction is often marketed similarly as a Get Rich Quick scam. For example, while working in the emergency department, I knew I wanted to be an acute care nurse practitioner. I could say I am a nurse practitioner. I am prescribing medications that help patients. I am an awesome NP, but even if I delusionally believed I was (no I didn’t), I was not an NP yet.

The universe wasn’t going to send me a fairy Godmother that waved her magic wand and made me a nurse practitioner without a master's degree. I had to do the work.

Same with SpiritMint. If I want to make SpiritMint a success, I need to continuously learn the steps for creating a blog and study how to make my blog successful. I will make decisions that fail along the way and I accept that.

Luckily, my first bachelor’s degree was in journalism, but then I decided to fully change my career, so I went from a bachelor’s degree in journalism to an associate’s degree in nursing. Again, two steps backward to move three steps forward.

How to use the Law of Attraction to Manifest Your Goal

When deciding to move forward on a goal, focus on the end outcome. Choose to feel the gratitude now that you’ll experience once you accomplish your goal.

Let’s say you have a goal to make $200,000 per year. Now, let’s work with the law of attraction. How will that income change your life? What would it feel like to make $200,000 per year? What kind of house would you live in? What kind of car would you drive? Where would you go on vacation? Where would you live? Would your wardrobe change?

Answer all these questions with as much detail as possible and really roleplay these answers mentally into your reality.

You’ve been daydreaming since you were old enough to look out the window, so you already know how to do this. Don’t doubt the outcome. Feel unconditionally grateful for your $200,000 per year lifestyle and everything you’ve accomplished before it has physically manifested.

Now, repeat this process every day. That's all it takes to put the law of attraction into action. What you focus on is what you will attract into your life.

It’s All About Gratitude

You can change your life by practicing gratitude everyday, every hour, and every minute. Be grateful that every adversity is an opportunity for personal growth and success.

If you can stay grateful even when times are tough then you can make your dreams a reality and be successful in life. Be grateful for every penny you find on the ground, for every pistachio that has the perfect crack, for every green light while driving, for that first morning sip of coffee.

I could fill this page with gratitude, but I think you get the picture.

Once you can fully appreciate the small things in life (and treat them like you won the lottery), the universe tends to find ways to reward you with bigger and better circumstances. This is when the law of attraction becomes obvious and you start to feel like you're in a science fiction reality as you recognize moments of universal alignment.

Everything starts with gratitude. As you start to actively seek out the positives, you’ll find more and more things to appreciate and be grateful for. It’s like the things that once bothered you have less impact.

I hope this post gives you that little kick in the butt you've been needing to move forward. My goal is to help you be successful in life and reach your full potential. What did you find most useful about this blog post? What do you plan to start applying in your life? Do you have anything more you would like to add? Keep moving toward your goal and never look back.

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