11 Misconceptions About the Law of Attraction
By Mia Fox
Author, Money Mindset & Manifestation Coach
In the last decade, I have intensively studied the Law of Attraction and the manifesting process and worked with many coaching clients. In this time, I have frequently heard misunderstandings about the LoA. And since my approach to the manifesting is very practical, hands-on, and easy to implement, it was crucial for me, to get these Law of Attraction misconceptions out of the way.
So here are the top 11 Misconceptions About the Law of Attraction:
- The Law of Attraction Does Not Work for Everyone
- Manifesting With the Law of Attraction Is Magic
- Positive or Negative Feelings Attract Good or Bad Things
- Manifesting Is Really Difficult
- The Law of Attraction Is Some Woo-woo Concept
- You Can Just Order and Lean Back (the Universe Will Deliver)
- The Secret Is the Origin of the Law of Attraction
- Creating a Vision Board Is Enough to Manifest Your Dreams
- Using the Law of Attraction Makes You Selfish
- You Need to Overcome All Your Abundance Blocks Before the LoA Works
- The Law of Attraction Is the Answer to Everything
If you have had problems with manifesting in the past and maybe it didn't work out as you hoped, or you just want to know more about the LoA in general, you should take the time to go through these 11 top misconceptions about the Law of Attraction.
And finally, unlock the manifesting code. Manifesting doesn't have to be complicated!
1. The Law of Attraction Does Not Work for Everyone
One I hear all the time, but I can assure you, the Law of Attraction works, always and for everyone.
And if I know something after over a decade in which I have been very intensively involved with this topic, and have helped countless women in my coaching sessions or my courses, then this; manifesting works for everyone.
We create our life, our reality, always. This means that many people manifest all their lives without ever really realizing it.
The power lies in being able to apply the Law of Attraction consciously and control the manifesting process. But this is also something that everyone can learn.
In my online training, I had thousands of women from all over the world, with every background, every age, every religion. And not a single time has manifesting not worked if the techniques were applied correctly.
But if you want to become a manifesting master, you will — no doubt about it.
2. Manifesting With the Law of Attraction Is Magic
Maybe you watched the movie "The Secret" and remember the scene with Aladin and the three free wishes? Of course, it's a cute way to show the manifesting process in a movie, but manifesting has little to do with magic wands or fairy tales.
Sorry if I might destroy your world with this statement, but the Law of Attraction only works if you take an important step: Action!
Or as Jack Canfield once said, the last part of the word attraction is action. I truly love this quote (and Jack's work, btw.)
And even though it often feels truly magical when you visualize your big dreams and stick them on a vision board only to realize a few days, weeks or months later, that you've already achieved that one big dream. It really has nothing to do with magic.
Rational looking at manifesting, it is a goal-setting and goal-achievement process, but not something as boring as S.M.A.R.T Goals, but one that sparks the dreamer in you.
The actual manifestation of your goal doesn't come from fairy dust but from inspired action, the action you have to take.
3. Positive or Negative Feelings Attract Good or Bad Things
This misconception about the Law of Attraction is somewhat more complicated. Basically, the statement is not wrong: we attract what we think and feel.
Therefore, it is actually true that good feelings and thoughts attract good things and negative feelings and thoughts attract bad things.
But there is really more to it.
My husband does not divorce me just because I once had negative feelings about our marriage. And anyone who has been in a relationship for a long time knows for sure that these days just happen from time to time.
Also, no war will break out here in Switzerland, just because I saw a TV report about a war zone and felt terrible about it. Not that this could happen anyway, because I don't watch TV.
And unfortunately, I don't wake up in Hawaii just because my last thought before I fell asleep was about a trip to Maui.
Although that would be a really cool thing, speed manifestation (did you hear me, dear universe?)
No seriously, just a feeling, whether positive or negative, won't bring anything into your life. But continuously living in an emotional world, and always being in this flow, will most definitely bring more of that to you.
That doesn't mean that to manifest your dream life, you always have to be perfect and positive, in point number #10 I'll go into that in even more detail, but you should make an effort and pay attention to what you think and how you feel.
The good thing is, you can consciously attract more positive feelings and thoughts into your life. In this article here "Just Create Your Own Happiness" I explain how you can do it and also what you should stop doing, to attract less of the negative stuff.
4. Manifesting Is Really Difficult
Sure, what's easy for one person is difficult for another. But with my community and my manifesting blog, I have set myself the goal of making manifesting an easy to follow, hands-on process.
And it is not difficult, believe me, manifesting is not a complicated scientific concept for which you have to study for years to understand it. Don't forget, I'm a highs school dropout, and there is a reason for this. I definitely love short cuts in life.
As I mentioned in point number #1, the Law of Attraction works for everyone. There is a process, and if you stick to it, you can' t go wrong. Besides, some specific tools and strategies will help you to get rid of your abundance blocks, and get in the right mindset.
But I understand that many are overwhelmed in the beginning, too many info (and also misinformation) is available about the LoA. Furthermore, the abundance blocks are scary or can give you insecurities, when you have to face them all by yourself.
That's where a community can help.
But starting with the Law of Attraction can be scary. I know that because I was at this point myself. I had read the book "The Secret" and was enthusiastic about the whole concept. And I had truly implemented everything the way I understood it, or the way I thought it was supposed to be.
But I had no success. And I was frustrated. And I thought the whole thing didn't work, or it was simply too difficult for me.
But it wasn't, I just hadn't understood essential aspects of the Law of Attraction. When I finally understood them correctly and manifesting started to work, a new world had opened up for me.
Suddenly everything was possible, and my life changed completely, from frustrated and unhappy to amazing. And this is exactly what I want for you; this is my motivation to make the Law of Attraction understandable and accessible for everyone.
If you want me to take you by your hand and guide you step by step through this process, then this post here, is the right next read for you:
The universe has your back, and so do I! We can do this together.
5. The Law of Attraction Is Some Woo-woo Concept And You Have to Be Very Spiritual
You can if you want, but you don't have to. It's all up to you.
I can understand that many spiritual people are more attracted to the whole concept of manifesting, but that doesn't mean that it only works for you if you see yourself as a spiritual person.
Since spirituality means the inner life, many people believe that this is a MUST for being successful with the Law of Attraction. But I don't think that this gives anyone a real advantage when manifesting. Those who perceive the inner being in a stronger way will also be more sensitive when it comes to their abundance blocks. And that could even be a disadvantage.
Many do also believe that spirituality means the same as being esoteric. Esotericism is more about the confrontation with the spiritual, inner being, often practiced through certain rituals.
And quite honestly, this is not my world. Thanks to my love for hippie music, I have been very intensively involved with the topic during my early teens, but where there used to be some incense sticks burning and tarot cards lying around in my flat, today you'll more likely to find a good book about online marketing and maybe a scented candle from Ikea.
Hello, my name is Mia, and I apply the Law of Attraction without any woo-woo stuff.
Now the truth is out!
But hey, in case you are into things like tarot reading, crystals, and charms, there is nothing wrong with it. Just do what you like!
6. You Can Just Order and Lean Back (the Universe Will Deliver)
I think this is a major misunderstanding when it comes to the Law of Attraction. I definitely felt that way when I read the secret for the first time.
In the beginning, I really had this idea, that I just could order my dreams and believe in the universe. And then all I had to do was being ready to receive. As if the universe were Amazon.
Order, lean back and wait for the UPS guy to ring the doorbell.
Ok, sometimes it almost feels like this, this moment when you look at your vision board, and you realize, wow, this dream has already come true. And first, you probably think, it just happened overnight.
But when you then reflect a bit more, you'll quickly realize how many steps were actually involved in the process. In my opinion, the secret behind the secret is to have the right plan and then take the first, important step. So without taking action, the LoA won't work.
7. The Secret Is the Origin of the Law of Attraction
The Secret is probably the best-known book/movie about the Law of Attraction and has certainly made the manifesting process accessible to the masses.
But the Law of Attraction is much older than the 2006 released movie "The Secret". - As a matter of fact, the Law of Attraction has been known for more than a hundred years.
The term "Law of Attraction" was first mentioned in 1906 as far as I know. It was mentioned in the book "Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World" by author William Walker Atkinson.
If you are interested in the history of the Law of Attraction, I recommend you to read my article here: Where is the Law of Attraction Coming From? (History of the LoA)
In this post about the LoA history, you can also find all the early writings about manifesting, free to download as an e-book or audiobook.
8. Creating a Vision Board Is Enough to Manifest Your Dreams
Important tools, powerful tools, but just tools.
Of course, it can help if you visualize your dream life, but one of these tools alone will not help you to manifest your big dream.
hope think that a few pictures of your goal, on a blank canvas, are enough to reach it, I have to disappoint you.
That doesn't mean that a vision board can't be extremely helpful when it comes to manifesting. I firmly believe that my vision board has helped me enormously to design my dream life as it is today and here is how I did it: How to Make a Vision Board That Really Works (in 5 Simple Steps).
But in the end, it takes a combination of various tools, combined with the right strategy.
By the way, if you are looking for an alternative for your vision board, you should definitely read this post here: 6 Alternatives to Creating a Vision Board.
But don't forget, in order to succeed with the LoA, you must first work on your abundance blocks, then know exactly WHAT you want and WHY you want this. And then you need a plan on which you can execute.
Everything else is just there to support and reinforce you in the process.
9. Using the Law of Attraction Makes You Selfish
It is somehow obvious why many people think that " ordering from the universe" or designing your dream life is a selfish concept.
After all, you can order anything you want, right?
There's nothing wrong with that, and everyone deserves to live exactly the life they want as long as it doesn't harm others.
And that is definitely what the Law of Attraction is not designed to do! I can't "order" something harmful to others either.
Of course, you could manifest more money or a job where you have a particular position of power, and yes, you could take advantage of such a situation. But that has little to do with the manifestation itself.
On the other hand, you can also use the money (or the new job) to do a lot of good in the world, for instance, to support charities as I regularly do.
It is absolutely not selfish to manifest anything with the Law of Attraction. The whole idea is based on the belief that there is enough for everyone; abundance is the magic word.
So go on, my dear, and manifest the he** out of it! You deserve it!
10. You Need to Overcome All Your Abundance Blocks Before the Loa Works
I believe the misconception that you first have to clean up all the abundance blocks to manifest is a widespread one.
But it' s just not true.
Of course, it is important that you have the right mindset, it is also important to work on your beliefs, to overcome certain emotions like fear, anger, greed or doubt.
It certainly also helps if you look at your body, your environment, and your relationships critically and declutter every possible area in your life.
In my advanced manifesting course I dedicated an entire module to just this one topic, declutter and set the stage for your manifesting success; how you can break free from your abundance blocks. However, it is important to understand; you don't have to be perfect to be successful with manifesting.
For example, I have been extremely successful with the Law of Attraction and have manifested my life, going from being totally unhappy to the dream life that I live today. Nevertheless, I am far from perfect.
I have about 20-25 pounds that I would like to lose, and I also struggle with some health issues. These are my biggest blocks that I have not yet been able to get 100% out of the world.
And still, I attracted my dream husband, I managed to build up my dream business, I even succeeded in earning a lot of money, besides having no higher education, and I travel to all my dream destinations, live in my dream apartment, and enjoy an amazing lifestyle. I am totally happy with my life.
The fact that I haven't "yet" reached my dream body or that I still have to work on some health-related stuff, didn't stop me.
It's not about being perfect and having everything under control or always having 100% the right mindset; it's important to understand where you have obstacles and how they can keep you from reaching your "big dream." And then to work on them.
11. The Law of Attraction Is the Answer to Everything
What a perfect world that would be... or maybe not? Perhaps it would just be boring.
I don't know how you feel, but I love challenges.
Of course, I believe that you can achieve anything you want in life, and we should definitely not set ourselves boundaries. But for many things in our world, to really change them, it would take more than a single person fighting alone.
So I won't be able to stop the starvation in the world with the Law of Attraction alone, but I can make my contribution.
I can earn more money and donate more money to charities. I can be grateful for the things I have and live less wastefully. I can be a role model for my family, my friends, or my followers on social media.
And above all, I can help more women to make their dreams come true and make a difference. And so our world becomes a little better every day.
The Law of Attraction is not the answer to everything, but it is a big step forward.
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For so long, the Law of Attraction didn't work for me. And I thought that the whole thing just doesn't work for everybody, or that I had to become super spiritual or always be positive.
Then I cracked the manifesting code, and my life turned 180 degrees.
From jobless and sleeping at my parents' coach to what I have today.
And I can regularly tick something off my vision board because I have achieved it!
I live the life I always wanted! It's totally crazy, and sometimes I can't believe it myself.
Today I know that I can achieve anything if I have the determination and the right plan to take the necessary action.
The Law of Attraction has changed my life, and I have made it my BIG goal to change the lives of millions of other women and make that knowledge accessible to them as well.
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