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LOA and Conor McGregor

We’ve got another treat in this guest post from my colleague and friend, Al “Namaste” Faustino. Enjoy his conscious creator insights on why the law of attraction seemed to fail UFC fighter Conor McGregor in last night’s Floyd Mayweather fight …

Conor McGregor Law of Attraction

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Around two years ago, I realized Conor McGregor was using the Law of Attraction to win fights.
wrote about it here.
However, as we saw last night, knowing about the Law of Attraction and understanding what actually makes it work are two different things.
Conor has developed razor sharp “telling the story like he wants it to play out” skills.
He’s also developed incredible visualization skills.
He actually had a giant mural painted in his gym of him knocking Mayweather out. If you didn’t see the mural, it’s amazing.
The problem is that as good as those two skills are for causing the Law of Attraction to work for you, neither of them are powerful enough to overcome lack of personal alignment.
A lot of people think that tools like visualizations, dream boards or affirmations are what cause the Law of Attraction to work.
The reality is those are all just tools for helping you get into alignment with a desire.
What is alignment? How does it work?
Alignment occurs when your thoughts, feelings, words and actions are all aligned with a desire. When you’re in alignment, the Universe is clear on what you want and therefore easily delivers your desired results.
However, if you’re out of alignment in any one of the four areas, you’re sending out confusing signals to the Universe. In these cases, the Universe isn’t sure what you want so it does nothing until you get all four areas into alignment.
Before I understood this, my manifesting results were great but they weren’t consistent. After I figured this out, I began experiencing consistent (and even predictable) manifesting results.
So where was Conor out of alignment?
Only Conor can know this for certain. However, based on the pre-fight stuff I saw, here’s what I suspect …
Conor’s actions were in alignment with winning the fight. He did a ton of sparring and videotaped many of those sessions.
Then, he analyzed what he was doing right and how he could improve. His nutritionist even changed his diet to make him a better boxer. In mixed martial arts fights the more weight you have on you the better because you’ve got opponents on top of you.
In boxing though it’s all about speed. So his nutritionist adjusted his diet to help him with his speed when boxing fight with Floyd.
Conor’s words were also in alignment. I laughed when I saw the picture of Conor’s FU suit that he wore to a press conference in Toronto, Canada. Conor had a pinstripe suit tailor made just for the event.
What made the suit so special is that the pin stripes spelled out F*%K YOU. He was sending a message loud and clear to Mayweather of what was coming. (Here’s the now famous pinstripe suit if you haven’t seen it.)
Now, we come to the alignment areas that can’t be seen by others (feelings and thoughts). This is where I believe Conor allowed himself to get out of alignment (most likely without even realizing it) …
The infamous Floyd Mayweather is a beast in the ring. He’s never lost a fight. He’s widely considered to be the all time best defensive boxer in history of the sport.
He’s also the most accurate puncher, having the highest plus-minus ratio in boxing’s recorded history.
As good as Conor is (and Conor’s arguably the most famous MMA fighter of our time) the bottom line is boxing is not his specialty and he knew this.
Conor had to have been wrestling with some serious doubts about his chances of winning against Mayweather. These doubts would have required some in depth mental work to overcome. Addressing these doubts is NOT the same as overcoming them.
I’m certain that Conor worked on his internal game before the fight. But working on them is not enough.
To get into alignment you have to overcome those doubts, which you will know you’ve accomplished by how you feel. That’s the great thing about your feelings, they always tell you if you’re in alignment with a desire or not. If you consistently feel good when you think about your desire manifesting, you’re in alignment. If you sometimes feel good, and other times feel bad, you’re out of alignment and still have some work to do.
The good news for Conor is he still made at least 30 million dollars last night even though he lost the fight. And failures like this are often the very thing that make champions even greater.
Conor is an intense competitor. He’s going to review what happened last night. This is naturally going to cause him to ask questions about why the Law of Attraction failed him.
When you ask, the Universe answers, he’ll attract the information he needs to understand alignment as it relates to the Law of Attraction. And then, it’s game on! He’ll have the exact alignment information he needs to go on winning fights for years to come.

Article Clarification
If I had to do it again, I would have titled this article The Reason Conor McGregor Lost To Floyd Mayweather Is Because He Was Out Of Alignment And Didn’t Realize It.
The reason I would have titled the article differently is because I’ve been receiving feedback saying, “The Law of Attraction couldn’t possibly have failed Conor. It’s a universal law like gravity, it’s always working.” I thought the way I worded this article, it would be obvious that I agree with the feedback.
The only reason a desire ever fails to manifest is because a person is out of alignment, it’s always an alignment issue, never an LOA issue. Hopefully, this brief statement clears any further confusion regarding this issue.

Al “Namaste” Faustino first learned about manifesting from the Rosicrucians when he was eight years old. Initially skeptical, he tried it out and successfully manifested a little red radio. After that he was hooked. In the coming years he consciously created cash, trips, girlfriends etc. However, as good as his results were they weren’t always consistent. He couldn’t depend on manifesting skills to always create the results he wanted. Eventually, he got fed up of this and began an in depth study of manifesting results. This led him to learning about the in’s and out’s of alignment. After a lot of testing he developed his alignment checklist. He uses this checklist to align with his desires and is now experiencing consistent results. You can download the free checklist here. Or connect with him on facebook.

  • August 27, 2017

3 Ways to Immediate Relief

Got this from Ruby Gangadharan today on how to give yourself instant relief when stress hits.
What’s even better than reading, though, is practicing it next time the pressure’s on!
Here’s Ruby: 
3 Ways To Immediate ReliefEach of us is living out our unique life journey. Stressful situations come from experiences we feel unprepared for, unhappy about or lacking tools to cope with.
Building self-coping methods to create new experiences can take time – time needed to engage practices that manifest a different reality.
But this post is about immediate relief.
Before you start to introspect and build different habits, you need to reduce the energy impact of the current situation on your mental and emotional balance.
Here is a reminder of 3 simple things to do for immediate relief:
1. Disconnect and move to a different space.
Disconnect from phones, the internet, emails, meetings, appointments. Move your physical location, outside the office, a different room, away from people.
2. Breath deep.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
3. Listen to music.
Play your ‘go to’ song. The right music has immense power to change our brain waves completely.
Here are a few things to absolutely avoid while in a stressed state of mind:

  • Make any decisions, especially high impact ones
  • Further any conversations in hopes of finding a resolution
  • Gossip or talk about the situation that’s creating the stress
  • Retrospect with ‘Why is this happening to me?’ type questions
  • Jump to action to “make it right.”

As you can tell, there is a theme here …
The key is to first bring your energy down and away from anything that causes you to feel anger, frustration, panic, helplessness or scared.
How quickly you are able to calm down and bring yourself to a neutral place will determine your success in dealing with stressful situations.
Ruby Gangadharan, law of attraction coachYay for easy vibration management!
Ruby is a student to the Yoga Sutras, Quantum & Spirituality geek, Life Coach, Deliberate Creator, blogger, Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner. Find more about who she is and what she does at Everyday LOA Magic.
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  • August 25, 2016

When Things Seem Terribly Wrong

I asked my friend Cindie Chavez for a guest post after hearing her thoughts about Dallas and Baton Rouge. May it bring comfort and relief to any seeking it:
Cindie ChavezThis morning I was on a call with a bunch of my beloved colleagues, a group of powerful and wonderful coaches who meet every Friday morning to discuss the world of coaching, but today it was different.
Instead of discussing the world of coaching we were discussing our coaching in the world, a world where this week we’ve experienced several violent and traumatic events. The kind of events that shake us out of our comfort-zone and fill up our news feeds and conversations with shock, fear, rage, anger, and grief.
Some of the coaches on the call had addressed the events publicly through their blogs and facebook feeds. Some of us had not.
I was one of the quiet ones. I generally don’t bring up world events (especially tragic ones), politics, or religion in my public posts.
And sometimes this causes me some inner turbulence because I’m familiar with the idea being silent can be seen as being complicit (and I’m jewish, so there’s that – a huge value around working for social justice, for “tikkun olam” or “repairing of the world)…but I’m an expert in conflict resolution, so bringing up polarizing topics (that generally cause conflict) usually doesn’t feel like a win-win to me.
But on this particular call I felt moved to speak up about what helps me the most when things go terribly wrong. Terribly wrong on a global level, or terribly wrong on a personal level – doesn’t matter.
What helps me the most is the idea of “sacred contracts.” I was first introduced to this concept by a book of the same name about 15 years ago. (Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss.)
And at this point I can’t tell you a single thing I read in that book, or even if I finished the book, or if my own evolution of the idea is still in sync with the author’s philosophy. (Maybe I should read it again!)
But in a nutshell (and this might stretch you a bit), my interpretation of a sacred contract is that it is an agreement we make with someone else *before* we incarnate detailing how our relationship will be once we do incarnate for a particular lifetime.
Yeah, I realize that this may require you to believe in all sorts of things that up until now you may have rejected. That’s okay. Because I can’t tell you that reincarnation is a fact, or that sacred contracts are a fact. I can’t tell you that I know for certain that I made an agreement with my ex to be emotionally abused, or for my second grade teacher (a nun!) to tie me up with jump ropes as a punishment, or for my two sons to be absolutely amazing people, or for the Handsome Sweetheart to be a wonderful soulmate to me.
I can’t tell you that I know these agreements were made for a fact, but the IDEA of it, the choice to believe it, helps me immensely. I can tell you that, for a fact.
Believing in a world where we are all separate, where some karma is going to get us, where tragedy could strike us at any moment, where life happens to us – puts us in a place of complete powerlessness. And I don’t believe we are powerless. I believe we are powerful creators, and I want to create consciously.
Deciding that everything that happens in my experience is something I’m creating, something I’ve agreed to, something that will help me grow, puts me back in a place of power, a place of safety, a place where I’m not separate from you or from the Universe but where we are all one and we are all in this together.
In this worldview, where we are all working together to evolve to another level of consciousness everyone is always winning the game their playing.
I’m not one of those people who believes that “everything has a reason,” because I can’t make sense of certain things being reasonable. I don’t believe that there is a good reason for violence, or for abuse, or for people to be killed. But I do believe that we can choose a viewpoint where we can give these things a purpose.
We can choose to allow a higher purpose for the things we don’t understand.
If the Universe is one big mirror reflecting back to us our thoughts and beliefs, what is this reflection showing us? When we look in the mirror and see a lipstick smudge or food in our teeth we can then do what we need to fix the smudge, to clean the teeth, to see a better reflection shining back at us.
When our world looks ugly to us we can remember that the purpose of the reflection is to show us what needs to be fixed, we don’t yell at the mirror, we don’t smash the mirror, we don’t make a judgment about the mirror being wrong – we just lovingly fix what needs fixing and recognize that the mirror’s reflection served the purpose of showing us what we didn’t see before.
In the face of intense personal pain I recognize that this message might seem overly simplistic. Everyone deals with world events and personal events in the best way they know how.
My hope is that this idea offers some solace, a new perspective, and a place of power for you if you’re feeling powerless. We’re all winning the game we’re playing.
Let’s choose love and play to win.
Cindie Chavez, “The Love & Magic Coach”, is a certified life and relationship coach (CPC), an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and an expert in Conscious Creation. She loves helping creative, busy, women experience more love and magic in their lives, and she’d love to help you, too. Find her at

  • July 8, 2016

Juan's Journal of the Future

Journal of the Future (a twist on Pray Rain Journaling)Juan Guillermo (you know him here as J.G.) has a manifesting technique to circumvent the apparent contradiction between denying current reality in order to affirm a new one.
Enjoy Juan’s Diario del Futuro (Diary of the Future):
As a constant visitor to this post, I have gained a lot from everyone here.
Also, I have worked through some recurring topics that resonate with me. Two of them are:

  1. How may I enjoy something that is not yet present?
  2. How may I overcome the feeling of cheating, when I pretend to have something I do not have yet?

Here are the answers to this riddles I have been able reap from your wisdom …
How do I enjoy something that is not yet present?
Well, I don’t!
Because I realized two things: I often cannot enjoy something I yearn for and am aware do not have, but I can always love something that I have. And my thoughts – which give place to all my feelings and sensation – are something I have right now.
So, to feel good in the present became a matter not of denying my present, but of having thoughts (fantasies, memories, desires…) I love and which, by themselves, translate into very pleasant feelings.
But then another question arrived: How to make as real as possible a fantasy about having something I did not enjoy “in reality” yet?
This is where I present to you My Journal of The Future.
The Journal of The Future consists of a journal I write of the future, where I look back to everything that has happened to me and how wonderful things have become, between “now” and the moment in the future I am writing it. Whether it’s a week, a month or a year from “now,” any amount of time I see fit to allow a buffer of time for things to turn out the way I wish them to be!
In it I describe mostly how I feel and how things have turned out for the best, sometimes in a surprising and unforeseeable way. (I do describe actual situations only if they do really come naturally to my mind. But then, that is just my way to do it.)
My Journal of The Future (which is really a twist of Jeannette’s pray rain journal) allows two distinct advantages to my perception: First, since I am writing in the future, describing what has already past, there is no cheating. And, second, it makes present, here and now, the wonderful sensations and feelings that what I am writing about entails!
Juan GuillermoYou may still want to be “realistic,” and say that this is nothing but an exercise in fantasizing that creates wonderful scenarios. And so it is! But I assure you it has turned to be simply wonderful to me!
If you try it, I would love to learn how it works for you.
Juan Guillermo is a conscious creator in Mexico who is happy to share his experiences with the law of attraction for the benefit of others.

  • April 11, 2016

How (& Why) To Love Cancer, Extra Weight, and Maybe Even Donald Trump

How To Drop Resistance & Find LoveA fellow creator said something today that I absolutely loved for its paradoxical thinking: “The cancer saved me.”

She was quoting Anita Moorjani’s story about how her experience with cancer woke her up to her true self and inspired her to live authentically.

What a gift, right? And from cancer!

That’s a powerful vibrational shift, to go from fearing/hating something to appreciating it.

Reminds me of how I’ve said that the extra weight I carried taught me unconditional love for self. (Those pounds just refused to go until I learned how to love them. And then they said, ok, our work here is done.)

Dropping that kind of resistance opens us up to the good things that we were closed off to with our old way of thinking.

Lisa Hayes shared another example of how to make a big vibrational leap when she wrote about her current take on American politics. (Which, as some of you may know, the US presidential election scene hasn’t been all love and light lately.)

Here it is in her words:

Lisa Hayes, The Love WhispererFirst of all, if you’re a Trump-loving Republican, forgive me in advance and read this anyway.

Anyone who knows me doesn’t have to try very hard to figure out how I feel about Donald Trump. I’ll just say I have strong feelings and they aren’t positive. Which is why when I realized I’m secretly rooting for him to win the Republican nomination no one was more surprised than me.

You might be wondering why, and the answer is simple.

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, one of two things will happen. Our next President will either be a woman or a Socialist, and I’m fine with either outcome. Yes, I have a preference about those two possibilities, but at the end of the day, I’m good either way. (Please don’t email me to tell me why you hate Hillary or Bernie. Let me keep my zen on this one.)

Donald Trump guarantees that one way or the other we’re about to make history.

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to manage my vibration around The Donald. My genius partner pointed out to me a couple of weeks ago that if we’re not all careful we’ll get a Trump Presidency the same way we got a Bush Presidency, by focusing so intently on what we don’t want.

And I know this, but I was still struggling.

Then I sat down one afternoon and devoted a couple of hours to doing the math. I’ve been paid to do precinct by precinct statistical analysis in presidential races for candidates before. This isn’t exactly foreign to me. So, rather than just staying in the stream of seventh-seal-of-hell-level freakout, I got out my district voting record data charts and did the analysis.

Here’s what I found. The Donald can’t win the general. There is no path to victory for him. I’m not alone in that analysis. Most people whose numbers I historically respect agree.


Suddenly I’m not resisting him at all. I still loathe what he stands for, but I’m secretly pulling for him. When I see him on TV or online, I’m reminded of the saying about how Southern people don’t hide their crazy people. (They parade it on the front porch and give it a sweet tea.) When I see his face, I say to myself, “Bless your poor little heart” and move on.

I figured out how to befriend one of my biggest vibration dingers.

You can, too. Make a list of your top five vibration dingers. Then take the bottom two on that list, and find a way to spin the story so you can befriend the very thing that’s been bugging the crap out of you. After you’ve successfully cleared up the easier ones, work your way up the list.

Make it a game. Enlist help if you need it. You’ll be amazed how much energy you will free up.

Jeannette here again. Whether your vibrational bumps in the road happen to be political, environmental, professional, financial, or are showing up in your relationships – or wherever they might be, use the inspiration from Anita and Lisa to find a new take on what you’ve been resisting.

If they can make friends with cancer and Trump, I believe anything is possible for us, too. 🙂

  • March 30, 2016

Transforming Tolerations: Brian's Tutorial

Can I just say how much I love this community? In response to comments on the Plus 8 Upgrade post, Brian Freedman was kind enough to prepare this tutorial on transforming tolerations
Transforming Tolerations: How to Love ChoresSplit energy: Doing one thing while thinking you should be doing something else (or wanting to do something else). Basically, a push-pull between two or more decisions.
When your energy is going in two directions, that is when your energy splits from one focused direction into two opposing directions, which is why it’s called “split” energy.
You want your energy focused in one direction. 
Split energy is when your thoughts are on one action, but you’re doing something else. You’re not present to what you are doing now. You’re focused on what you should or need to do (the future) or what you think you should’ve done differently (the past).
For example, “I really want to relax, but I should be doing the dishes.”
You want to relax, but you’re focused on something you don’t want to do that you think you need to do. So, you just kind of sit there, not relaxing and not doing the dishes – splitting your energy.
It’s better to line up your energy. So you either line up with relaxing, and soothe yourself that you will do the dishes later. Or do the dishes now and relax later.
Don’t do the dishes when you want to relax, and then even though you’re doing the dishes, you’re still thinking about not liking this and wishing you were relaxing instead.
That’s splitting your energy, because you’re focused on something else than what you are currently doing and judging and offering resistance to your current action, conditions and what-is.
Here is an Abraham quote from San Diego, CA, January 2016:

Line up with it, before you do it.

If you’re gonna do it, line up with it.
If you’re not gonna do it, line up with not doing it.

But don’t decide to do it, and not line up with it.
And don’t decide not to do it, and not line up with it.

Because, you split your energy.

So, if you want to, or rather, feel it’s important to do the dishes, then make peace with it and focus on the positive aspects.
I’m not suggesting you necessarily feel happy, orgasms and joy about doing the dishes. Ha! You just want to at least be comfortable with (no longer pushing against) cleaning dishes. Focus on what you appreciate about it and the value it brings.
Here is a Doing the Dishes rampage:

I like having clean dishes. I like having a clean kitchen. I like having a clean and comfortable living space. I like feeling pride in what I do. I take pride in taking care of myself and my family. And I like knowing that when I need a bowl, or a plate, or a spoon or a fork, it’s there for me because it’s clean. I like having clean dishes to eat off of. I would rather eat off a clean dish than a dirty dish.
Having clean dishes really adds to the whole pleasurable experience of eating.
And you know, maybe I don’t have to do all the dishes. Wouldn’t it be nice if my partner and/or children cleaned some? My partner does do the dishes sometimes. Sure, it may only be occasionally, but it does help, and I do appreciate it.
I can allow myself the freedom and relief to do dishes at my own pace. I don’t have to do them all at once. I can do the dishes at a pace that I am comfortable with. I like that. I like feeling comfortable and relaxed when I’m doing the dishes. 🙂
I make too much of this. It’s easier than I’m making it out to be, and there are a lot of positive aspects about doing the dishes that I have started giving my attention to. And it feels better to focus on the positive aspects than it does to focus on the negative aspects.

Focus on thoughts like that for a couple of minutes to get in alignment and raise your vibration on the subject.
You have aligned your energy, and now cleaning dishes (or whatever task you were not wanting to do before) has more ease in it, making it more appealing, which flows into all other areas of your life as well.
Just Get Aligned.
Brian Freedman guides people to align their feelings and beliefs with themselves and others (noting that the relationship you have with others is a mirror reflection of the relationship you have with yourself). He establishes the connection between the thoughts you think and the emotions you feel—focusing on enhancing your emotional awareness—helping you to feel better.

  • March 23, 2016

The Power of Deciding

I often remind fellow creators how powerful it is when we make a no-nonsense no-more-foolin-around decision to have what we want. There’s just something magic about deciding.
And the Love & Magic Coach Cindie Chavez shared a story recently that spoke exactly to that magic. Here’s Cindie:
The Power of DecidingFor the past couple of years I have had my old car, Ednah, a 1996 Mercedes E-class, sitting in my carport – not running.
I owned her since she was just a baby and I had babied her and taken such good care of her and then at 160,000 miles she just started to have things go wrong and after pumping a lot of money into her I just decided it wasn’t worth putting anymore in.
I work from my home office so I rarely drive anyway, and I have my pick of the 2 other Mercedes in the driveway that are new and in great condition.
But … I just couldn’t bring myself to sell her. Every time I would decide to put an ad in Craig’s list or something I would resist it so hard, and then I would go find something else to do and avoid it again. I know that having a non-running car just sitting there is not good feng shui. But, it was Ednah. Sad
So … a couple of weeks ago I just realized how silly this was. I finally got to my point of no return and knew I had to let her go. So I said out loud, “Okay Universe. I need a buyer for Ednah. I’m ready to let her go now.”
The Handsome Sweetheart comes in (it’s a Friday afternoon and we have a standing lunch date) and says, “Are you hungry? Ready to go to lunch?” And I said, “Yes. But I have to get rid of Ednah. I want to put an ad in Craigslist before we go. I have to do it now and not put it off any longer. I just told the Universe I’m ready and to find me a buyer.”
He jumps up and says “OH!! This was on your car when I came home just now!”
It was a note.
It said “Hi, my name is xxxx xxxx, if you want to sell your car I’d like to buy it. Please call me xxx-xxxx.”
I called. The guy was so excited.
I told him that I had asked the Universe for a buyer. He said, “I’ve been driving by and looking at it for 2 years, and I finally got up the nerve to leave a note.”
Are you catching that? The day I let go is the day he “got up the nerve” to leave a note. Ha!
He came over. The car started. It needed a battery and an alternator and we knew that so we thought we’d have to tow it. So the guy test drives it, comes the next day and put new battery in, brought me cash and we signed it over to him last week.
Cindie ChavezIt was so easy peasy. I didn’t have to take out an ad. I didn’t have to leave my house. I didn’t have to hire a tow truck. Cash in, car out.
Thank you Universe!
Cindie Chavez traffics in love and magic with her coach clients every day. Find her and more of her personal magic online at

  • March 11, 2016

How To Get 100% Results With 0% Effort

Amina Makhdoom is a fellow manifester and law of attraction blogger who shares her 3 point recipe to get 100% results with 0% effort. Enjoy Amina:
How To Get 100% Results With 0% Effort: Less Work, More ResultsWhat if you could get everything you wanted with no effort?
In fact, what if the secret to achieving your biggest dreams is following your joy and living life in a state of ease?
Sound too good to be true?
Well, it is possible and here’s why: big dreams do not come with effort, they come with ease.
I know this from personal experience in transforming myself from a burned out type-A overachiever into living my dream of working from home, taking yoga class in the middle of the day, helping my community, as well as other things – all while working half as many hours and making double what I used to.
Within two years of deciding that’s what I wanted, I was doing all of that. Working half the hours with double the salary.
Everyone asks me how I did it, and I came up with the three key ingredients that when combined got me out of burnout and into a life that I love!
Here are those three ingredients:
1) Identify the things that bring you joy, and then do them!
For me, it was dance class, yoga, going for walks, and spending time with my nieces and nephews. I went to soccer games, grandparents breakfasts (even though I was an aunt), read in their classrooms. All these activities made me happy and brought me great joy!
What I see more and more today are people who are not following their joy. Their reason – they simply do not have the time. And, the less they follow their joy, the harder it is to achieve their goal.
I found the fastest way to achieve a goal does not involve effort, but rather, belief the goal will be achieved and living a life of joy.
2) Focus on feelings rather than actions.
As an overachiever, this one was a shocker for me! What I was doing was much less important then how I was feeling! The actions are unimportant. Read that again. The actions are unimportant. What is important is the feeling, the belief, the being. The doing is negligible.
After I wrote my dream life (kind of a vision board, but with words and process flows), I never really looked at it again. I hung it on my wall, so subconsciously I probably saw it all the time, but I never really read it again. Until I was taking it down two years later and shockingly realized I had achieved every single thing I had written down.
The actions were unimportant, but the time I took to create that board and the feeling of freedom and joy I had when I imagined that life, miraculously transformed into it occurring.
3) Take care of yourself, and only you know exactly what that means for you.
I did not learn this in a positive context of achieving my dreams through ease; I learned this through sheer mental and emotional exhaustion.
I remember being exhausted and deciding that I just did not give a [blank] anymore. In that state, all I had energy to do was anything that would get me to stop feeling the pain I was in. I was an overachiever leaving work early to go for walks (sure I was having some sort of nervous breakdown). I was scared, but too tired in that moment to do anything other than the little things that brought me joy.
Once I came up with these three keys, I decided to test them out and ensure they worked.
I took a year to see if I followed my joy, did not worry about the specific actions or exert effort, and took great care of myself, could I make the same amount as the previous year?
I did! I made more than the previous year, working even less and taking even better care of myself.
Since then, I have consistently made more each year for the past five years, each year working significantly less hours than the year before.
I only say yes to work I really want to do, so it does not feel like “work.” I do a lot of “work” for free because I love what I do, and somehow, the money keeps showing up. But, I know now, if I chased the money or “tried” to do something, it would not work nearly as well as just doing what I love and trusting that it will all work out financially.
In yoga, there is a philosophy about balancing between ease and effort. I have found this philosophy to not only apply to yoga, but to all areas of life. There is a time for action. And, when that time comes it feels really, really, really good to take the action. It does not feel like effort.
Do you have moments where you are working harder than ever before (which appears to the outside world as putting in tons of effort), but it doesn’t feel like you are working at all?
In fact, rather than feeling stressed and exhausted it feels joyful and exhilarated? That is what 0% effort, 100% return means. It does not mean you will never “work hard” again. It just means that when you are working hard, it won’t feel hard. There is no strain, exertion, exhaustion – instead it’s joyful.
The key ingredient for this to work is JOY! Allow the magical force of the world to easily, effortlessly, bring your biggest dreams to you!
Amina MakhdoomAmina Makhdoom is the sunshine manifester blogging at
This post was adapted with the author’s permission from her contribution to the book Success University for Women.

  • February 5, 2016
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