“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”C.G. Jung
Here’s a fun experiment for you to try: write down every single thing you do during an average day. In half-hour increments. But be honest with yourself. Can’t write down: “from 9 AM to 5 PM — work.”
Be brutally honest.
You’re at work, but are you working or just doing some finger gymnastics as you scroll through social media on your phone?
How much time do you spend reading? Learning a new skill? Working on your dreams? Developing yourself?
This is karma. This is your karma.
It’s not what happens to you, but what happens to you after you do the things that you do.
“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”James Baldwin
Your life is your responsibility. We’re not talking about fault, but about responsibility. It doesn’t matter who’s to blame.
If you don’t like your life right now, it’s your responsibility to change it. If you’re in hell, you’ve got to crawl your way out. No one else is going to do it for you.
It’s hard to look at your life and see it as the side-effect of your daily choices. It’s hard to accept that karma is the price you pay for the bad habits that you cultivate.
And the truth is that people don’t even lie to themselves about these things. No. They’re not even aware of the choices they make.
The act out of instinct and call it destiny.
The Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work Unless You Do
The law of attraction isn’t some supernatural phenomenon. It’s simple.
You get what you think about all day long, whether you want it or not. Your brain has a mechanism called the reticular activating system, which enables you to focus on what truly matters.
You see what you want to see.
If you think about failure, you’ll see yourself as a failure. If you are afraid, you will find lots of things to be afraid of.
When you buy yourself a new t-shirt, all of a sudden you see other people wearing the same t-shirt, even though until then you never managed to see them.
If I were to ask you to name all the red objects in your room, you’d probably notice a couple of them you weren’t even aware of. In my case, I’d probably even notice some objects I didn’t even know they were red.
Most people never train their brains to look for opportunities, for success, for abundance. They filter out the good and only focus on the negative aspects of life.
You Only Attract What You Pursue
What is it that you want your life to look like?
And then you will notice opportunities to build the life of your dreams.
The only thing you have to do is act.
The more you think about the life you want to have, the more you become aware of the steps you have to take in order to build it.
But you’ve got to act.
When I decided to change my perception of my body, I had to go to the gym. The more I worked out, the better I looked, the better I felt, the more I wanted to work out.
Positive reinforcement takes a while to take roots.
Every day, be mindful of what you think because you become what you think. If you don’t think, life will just tend to happen to you, and you won’t like it. And you’ll call it karma.
The price one must pay for ignorance is always suffering.
I am not here to give you advice on how to build a great life, or how to become who you’ve always wanted to be. It’s up to you go figure it all out, to set out on this journey of self-discovery.
What I do ask of you is this: accept responsibility for every single thing you have in your life. Whether you asked for it or not, whether you find it fair or not, it doesn’t matter. Accept responsibility for every single hand life dealt you, and then play it as if it were the hand you’ve always wanted.
That way you can change. You can adapt. You can overcome it. You can succeed.