All Tipped Out? Resolving LOA Scatterbrain

November 14, 2010 | 28 Comments »

If you ever feel overwhelmed with input about practicing deliberate creation, this will help put things in perspective:

When Russ put his golf magazine in the junk mail pile just a few minutes after it arrived, I thought it was a mistake.

I mean, he loves golf; can’t get enough of it.

Whether it’s playing it, watching it, or even just talking about it – the guy is all about golf.

And here was his Golf issue headed straight for the garbage just minutes after flipping through it.

When I asked why he was tossing it, he said: “It’s too much input.  Too many tips to distract from what really works.

I mentally flashed on my own library of law of attraction (LOA) books, articles, CD packages, telecourse recording links, seminar notes, suggested exercises and processes … and he didn’t need to explain further.

Sometimes we get so much instruction about how to incorporate deliberate creation into our life that it can feel like LOA overload.

As my sweetie said, it’s way too much information coming at you – where you get too much going through your brain and feel “tipped out.”

What works better for him is “concentrating on a few things,” not opening up a magazine every week to distract your focus.  Rather, invest in “one or two habits” that can dramatically improve your game.

I know we’ve all met (or even been) enthusiastic newcomers to the art of manifesting, creating elaborate routines and disciplines to transform our lives overnight.  And when that didn’t work, we searched out new processes and exercises, and before we got results with that, someone else came along telling us how to do it even better than that.

And so on, and so on …

Russ is right (and I say that as someone who contributes to LOI noise) that focusing on one new habit at a time is more likely to pay off.

It’s the same concept with overhauling our diet and exercise, right?  Some experts tell us rather than expecting dramatic changes in our entire lifestyle, just focus on incorporating one new thing at a time.

First cut out the soft drinks.  Then switch to brown rice.  Instead of expecting to be at the gym at 6 am every day, start more realistically by parking further away and using stairs instead of elevators.

That’s how we incorporate change that works.  Change that lasts.

Also, there comes a time when it’s appropriate to put the books down, to stop the research and the “thinking about” and  the “prepping for” and instead start practicing what we’ve learned.  One step at a time.

If you find you’re inundated with incoming information and trying to do too much, like:

  • remembering to fall asleep in the vortex and wake up in it, too;
  • send love to your ornery old co-worker;
  • listen to your meditation CD before the day is done;
  • cancel-clear every negative thought that crosses your mind;
  • EFT out those fearful feelings about the test results that are due back any day;
  • tell it like you want it rather than how it is;
  • etc. etc. etc. …

… if that routine is making you feel scattered rather than empowered, it may be time to instead just commit to one thing.  Whatever appeals to you most.  (Your inner guidance always knows.)

And work that.

Period.

Once you’ve got that under your belt and you’re seeing and appreciating the difference it’s making for you, then consider what you’ll add in next.

Because expecting ourselves to master an enormous array of disciplines and habits in order to live the life of our dreams can distract us from the exactly that: the life of our dreams.

It’s happening right here, right now, and you don’t want to miss it because you haven’t yet checked off all things on your daily manifesting regimen.

Abraham regularly reminds us to not take ourselves and this work too seriously.  Remember to lighten up and have some fun with it, and that habit alone will take you far!

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28 Responses to “ All Tipped Out? Resolving LOA Scatterbrain ”

  1. Sheesh, Ryan, I get much of my good stuff off your facebook page! ha!

    You are loaded up with the good stuff. 🙂

  2. Jeannette, Timely post! I was just feeling TMI. Just focusing on FEELING GOOD feels really good right now.

    Um, who is the cute guy above me? Do we know him? 😉

    I’m chuckling on not knowing your guy. Seems to keep them more interesting! 🙂 tee hee

    Great article Jeannette. Bless you today!

    Auretha

  3. I know … he’s hot, huh?!

    And smart. And generous. Hopefully he doesn’t live nearby or I would surely embarrass myself with in person flirting. Online is bad enough!

    Yeah, Auretha, feeling good – hard to argue there’s a better way to go than that.

    Kudos, girlfriend!

  4. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Jeannette,

    There is great power in concentration but when you try to concentrate on a billion things at once you lose power.

    Sometimes I’m prone to opportunity overload. There’s so much good stuff out there – LOA, or business, or whatever – that I desire to gobble it all up at once. Unfortunately/Fortunately we can only process information slowly, at least if we are to use it effectively.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

    Ryan

  5. Agreed, Pernille! Russ is a smart guy and he doesn’t get nearly enough credit from me for that. I’ll tell him you said so and I agreed! hee hee

    Yay for recognizing the “hard work” was imposing on the fun, and getting back to what serves you best. You do model it nicely, girlfriend!

  6. Pernille Madsen says:

    Great article, Jeannette. And your Russ is a clever guy! I totally agree that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the information available and the good advice and the tips and techniques, etc.

    I used to have these very long to-do-lists. And when I started learning about the LOA I then added all these new routines, articles I “should” read, etc., so the very long to-do-list became even longer. It was not a lot of fun, it felt more like hard work!

    Today I believe it is supposed to be fun, enjoyable, simple and easy – or maybe that is just the way I prefer it 😉

  7. ChipEFT says:

    I’ve cut way back. Now it is about what feels like the best thing to do right here right now.

  8. Yep – “what feels best?” – I sense a theme developing, Chip!

    Thanks for reading and especially for adding your voice to this conversation. You are a guy I look up to for walking the talk of all this. What I especially love is how your online presence so consistently reflects a light and positive approach to life – you are a breath of fresh air, Chip! I love how we can count on you not to get too serious about things.
    🙂

  9. Dawn says:

    This is exactly how I felt a couple of years ago regarding LOA info. It was stressing me out. I unsubscribed to everything except YOU. And I still get excited when you have a new post … you are awesome!

  10. What an enormous compliment, Dawn!!

    Thank you for that!! Sheesh – I’m printing this one for my appreciation file! 🙂

  11. Barbara says:

    I’m with Chip and Auretha on this one. I’ve cut way back, too (even though I continue to collect new items that line my bookshelves). I pull out books and CDs when I feel it’s right for right now. I totally go with inspired action on what feels good right now. Even when I start a new “routine,” I’ll try it for a short period of time (e.g. my focus wheel experiment). But after my self-imposed experiment time is over, I usually go back to whatever just feels good. If there are a lot of things that feel good to the point that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the LOA stuff I don’t have time for, I think of Abe’s phrase, “Nothing is more important than that I feel good.” That usually means I go back to one thing at a time. 🙂

  12. I can relate, Barbara.

    I find I invest in the books that it seems like an LOA Coach should own/read … but they’re the last ones I pick up. (I still have Michael Beckwith’s and one called “Frequency” in the “waiting to be read” pile. Although I do get through new Abe CDs pretty quickly.)

    Thanks for adding to our One Thing of Feeling Good. I suspect many of us are going to find we have that one in common!

  13. I’ve found it really powerful to re-read or re-listen to older material. Often, I get it as a MUCH deeper level years later than I did even the first time around.

    Can you imagine Abe videos even more powerful years down the line?!?

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

    PS Notice you’re taking art lessons from Lin E. ~ great job on the illustration 😉

  14. Nancy, that’s one thing I don’t do much of – reading or listening to something twice. Which is why I SO appreciate it when you bring some golden oldies to the spotlight (aka John Randolph Price on our Money Party call).

    The artwork was actually swiped from google, although much of its appeal was that it reminded me of Lin.
    🙂
    Thanks for reading, Nancy!

  15. Katie says:

    Great post! I try to keep it simple and I love your LOA booklet. I just had to add one more thing. My eight year old son just told me he wants his own vision board. He’s really excited for it! I love that he’s eight and already figuring out the magic of the LOA!

  16. How cool is that, Katie?! I predict he’s got many good things in store when he’s already getting off to such a great start!
    🙂

  17. LOALoveCoach says:

    Hey Jeannette,

    Loved this! I used to teach golf myself and I agree with Russ…yes, getting a lesson is a great idea. But it isn’t so smart to take a lesson from a different pro every week. Nothing good can come of that!

    Finding a practice technique that works for you and sticking to it until it is mastered is definitely the way to go! I also agree that using EFT is a great way to melt that resistance away!

    Have a great week!
    Catherine

  18. Catherine, I get the impression you’re practicing exactly that (sticking with one pro) with your John Assaraf studies. You sure lit me up about his new program that you shared about the other day, so I may be joining you soon!
    🙂
    Nice to see you in the comments here, Catherine!

  19. Zoe Routh says:

    Haha! Great to cut through the overwhelm. I’ve sometimes thought of the list of the perfect way to start my day if I incorporated all the advice, the day would not start until 2pm – after the meditation, visualisation, affirmations, focus wheel, EFT, psych-k, journal writing, vision boarding, yoga, exercise, gratitude journal, success journal, placemat exercise, and….

    I agree with Nancy – re-reading some goodies can bring out new learning – very cool.

    Sometimes a good dose of ‘f**k it’ and a play with the chickens is all you need to get in alignment.

  20. Zoe, you’re cracking me up! And I feel the truth of it!

    Which is why it’s all the more important we give ourselves a break and find our sweet spot in our practice and discipline.

    Thanks for chiming in!

  21. It IS that simple, isn’t it, Leah?

    I even hear Abe say that – after an entire weekend of talking about the ins and outs with folks – they’ll wrap up by saying it’s as easy as committing to feeling better.

    Appreciating the spotlight you’re giving that wisdom again here. 🙂

  22. LovelyMe says:

    Jeannette,

    You are just so awesome. 😀

    I do start feeling like this sometimes. Too much input is dead on.

    When I first discovered the Secret, the only other thing I watched was Abraham Hicks’ Abraham 101. I applied my knowledge just from those 2 resources, and I had almost instant results. I felt wonderful. It changed my life.

    As the months went by, and almost to years now, I realized I was getting too much input. Sometimes getting new input is refreshing…but going on a process/technique binge is not something I recommend. If you want to try something new, then do it! But stick with it for a while…give it a chance to work before hopping off to do a new technique.

    For instance, I am a Tarot and Astrology lover. I rarely read Tarot anymore, but it is still a favorite hobby of mine. While I was involved with Tarot communities, many people went through a phase of going on a Tarot binge. You would get so hyped up by it all, that you would ask the same question in 3 different ways, and have your cards read by 3 different people and it became total overload. In my opinion, it also made the “magic” burn out faster. It also became quite clear people did this until they finally got to hear what they wanted to hear. In other words, they were looking for love and validation in all the wrong places.

    Sometimes you just have to give it a rest and let it soak in. Roll it around in your mind and trust what you know and feel to be right.

    I recently talked about my realization on GVU about how I was looking for love and validation in all the wrong places. I wanted other people to give me permission or tell me I was on the right track, and the voices can become overcrowding. Slow it down, and trust your emotions to let you know if you are where you want to be.

    I completely agree with your post, Jeannette!

  23. Leah says:

    Loving this! When I am overwhelmed all I come back to is the feel good. I can add all the skills in the world, but I always come back to the basic. If you don’t feel good nothing else works. Once the vibe shift occurs, then all is right in the world again!

    namaste, lb

  24. Ande says:

    Jeannette, not only is this such RIGHT ON advice, it’s hilariously timely because I was just thinking about this.

    I used to write a weekly newspaper column called The Up Beat. In it, I’d link current events with to some self improvement concept, and I’d put a positive spin on it all. In the last month, I was rereading about 55 of these columns that I’m compiling into an e-book, and each one, I’d think, “That’s a great idea.” And I realized I didn’t do it any more. It started to get hilarious–how I had this great advice that I didn’t follow myself. 🙂

    And I thought about all the stuff I know, and I realized if I did it all, I’d have no time to LIVE! All these practices and strategies are exhausting.

    So I recently picked a few that made sense that work into my days, and I feel SO much better.

    Oh, and just an aside, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that my Tim is almost as in love with golf as he is with me (at least I think it’s #2 :)). And like Russ, he also throws his magazines in the recycle. My mom got him some golf instruction videotapes and he never watched them. After his head injury, he didn’t play golf for 18 months (balance issues). When he went out the first time, he couldn’t remember anything about how to play. I told him to trust his body. He did, and he went out and shot 8 over par. He doesn’t get to play now–no funds for it at the moment, but he lives it in his mind. 🙂

  25. Janette says:

    Yay for simple!!! I DO like to have a big array of tools to choose from, however.

    I have an extremely low boredom threshold and love to flit from one thing to another. In other words, I’m a Scanner or a Renaissance Soul or a Yellow or a Type 1 (depending on whose system you’re reading about LOL!) – so it’s really hard to settle on one thing for more than about a month.

    It’s taken a while to allow myself this freedom to switch from one thing to another, but I’ve learned to embrace and honour my hummingbird nature. Having loads of choice works for me, as long as I don’t try to do it all at once.

    Before I figured this out, I used to write lists of things I planned to do in the morning which of course never worked because a) it was too much and b) I got BORED after Day 2. I SO get Zoe’s thing about starting the day at 2pm LOL!!! Oh, and amen to f*ck it, heheheh

  26. MissyB says:

    ooh I know what my first thing to change is…just think of something nice everytime a negative thought creeps in.

  27. Nicole says:

    Wow – I have been dealing with information overload, opportunity overload, LOA distraction overload… whatever you want to call it… for years now. Conversely, I’ve also been ridiculously successful manifesting for about 15 years too. I realized as a result of this post that the times of greatest and easiest manifestation have been the ones where I was controlling the incoming flow of distractions, communications, and new ideas!

    For the past 9 months or so, I’ve been in a huge rut, and even decided to detox from social media as a latch ditch effort not to “lose it” (not realizing that my frustration was rooted in my lack-of-ability-to-manifest… and being stuck in negative thought patterns). I even wrote a book about it that’s on Amazon (http://amzn.to/dcMWp8).

    Funny thing is, now I can re-read my book and get even different lessons from it. For example, one of the things I realized was that “more is never enough”. I could spend 15 minutes on Facebook, or 5 hours on Facebook, and the level of satisfaction didn’t increase – it was keeping me from getting into a good vibe, getting quiet with myself, and figuring out what it was I really wanted to manifest – because here I am getting minute by minute reports of what everyone else is doing!

    Now what I realize is that I was looking for MORE in the wrong place – in my social network, instead of in that amazing pool of energy within myself, a perspective shift that is helping me achieve balance and get to the point where I can bring amazing things into the world once again. Thanks!

  28. Julie B says:

    Wow….powerful post girl! You nailed it succinctly … and how great that your boyfriend just said a little something and “LIGHTBULB MOMENT”, you peg what is going on I dare say for more than 50% of LOAers.

    I get too much in my head, or else I’m like a squirrel “okay how bout this, no?, not this?, how about this..” and scurry about mentally which will drive me, well NUTS. (in keeping w/ the squirrel metaphor:) Not a good place to be vibrating at.

    Thank you Jeanette (and all the great posts) for bringing this to light so we can recognize consciously when this is happening and stop, breathe, relax, focus on what feels the best in this moment, and calmly move forward.

    I just got this vision of this lovely grasshopper looking bug, head held high, floating calmly downstream on a beautiful big leaf, just enjoying the ride and appreciating the beauty all around…

    Julie

    ps… looking forward to the great tips! 😉 Thank you again.

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