The Secret (To Getting What You Want in Life)

7 Dec

So a few years ago, I was roaming through some old books in my grandma’s church “Rummage Sale” and came across a book that caught my attention: The Secret“The Secret. The Secret to what?” I thought to myself as I read the inside cover. The book quickly intrigued me, so I bought it. Heck, I’ll buy anything at a bargained price, but there was something about this book that got me. 

I must say, to this day, I’ve never read a book quite like The Secret. To sum it up, it basically tells you that you can have anything you want in life (yes, anything) as long as you believe it’s yours…and I mean,really believe it. That’s the “secret” after all to changing every aspect in your life to lead to ultimate happiness. 

At first, I thought the book was kind of a whole bunch of bologna. HA. I can just want something so bad and I’ll have it? Yeah right. If that’s the case I’d be in a relationship with a bangin’ body and a phenomenal job. [negative, doubtful talk]

But when I let myself open up to the idea that this philosophy may actually work, I started tobelieve…and boy did I start seeing some changes. After I read the book from front to back in one sitting, I decided to make a “visionary board,” something they talk about in the book. Basically, it’s a drawing of everything you want in your life: a new house, a new job, a new boyfriend, etc. etc. So I made a list. Mind you, this was a few years ago, but I drew everything I wanted at the time. I started off with a stick figure of myself in running shoes (I used to hate running) and wrote “lose 5 pounds.” I then drew a picture of a book and wrote “Healthy Chicks.” Mind you, at this time I didn’t even have a health blog [I actually had a relationships blog], never mind the visions of ever writing a book in the near future. I also drew a picture of myself at a desk and wrote “job,” among some other minor things that I don’t even recall. 

Anywho, within a couple of months, everything I had written down had become reality. I got a job (no, it wasn’t my dream job but I got a job and could finally move out of the house to Boston), I got an apartment with my best friend, I started my own blog “Healthy Chicks,” and eventually wrote my own cookbook “Healthy Chicks in the Kitchen.” Oh, and I now run at least 3 times a week (I started slowly) and the weight easily came off, I think mostly due to me being happy and content with myself.  

You see, the book isn’t magic in any way. It just teaches you to change your thought process so you think in a more positive, optimistic, “I can do anything I want” sort of way. Be a little cocky at times. Dream bigger than you ever thought you could dream. And go out and get what you want, girl!

A couple of weeks ago, I made another visionary board for 2011. I won’t share what’s on it yet…that’s a secret (hehe). But I will tell you, some things are already starting to come true. Funny how life works sometimes, huh? 

Did you read the book “The Secret?” If so, what did you think of it? Did you ever make a visionary board? 


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10 Responses to “The Secret (To Getting What You Want in Life)”

  1. Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life December 7, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I’ve been skeptical of “The Secret” but after reading your post, I think I might have to read it!

    I’ve made vision boards. I actually have multiple bulletin boards above my desk in the office and I add and take away visions as I grow and change. I love it!

  2. jsutera654 December 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve heard mixed reviews – it’s mostly that SOME people can take it a little bit too far and it can get a little weird. But in theory, I agree with the concept of positive thinking and believing in yourself and that with that mindset, good things will come your way. But it’s also not an all or nothing kind of thing in my mind, ya know what I mean?

    • healthychicks December 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

      @jsutera654 I know what you mean, how some people can get carried away and all deep/philosophical/spiritual etc. but as long as you just take it for what it is and learn to build a more positive mindset I think it’s worthwhile.

      It’s definitely a mental thing…Some people are just positive “I’m going to get what I want” people naturally (like my dad) so things usually work out for him 99% of the time, but other’s need a little help, like myself, to get there, and this book was one of the little things that helped give me that little push!

      Thanks for the input girls!

  3. Heather December 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE this post! Actually, after reading it this a.m… I went and made myself a goal poster!

    Thanks girl, for the encouragement…. it was greatly needed today! :)

    • healthychicks December 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you so much Heather! I’m so glad you enjoyed hte post…let me tell you the goal poster is going to work WONDERFULLY, it’s just a great reminder of things you want in life…and it’ll keep you on the pathway to get there!

  4. Kinsey Michaels December 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    I have always been subtly intrigued by The Secret, but never enough to actually pick it up and get it. I love that everything you envisioned came true. I may have to take your advice on creating visuals of everything I want. I definitely believe in affirmations!! By the way I’m a Boston area blogger too!

    • healthychicks December 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

      @Kinsey That’s great, you definitely should…vision boards are so fun! And that’s awesome you live in Boston too, we need to plan a blogger outing : )

  5. Jenny Jen December 8, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    This blog came at the perfect time. My cousin bought The Secret this summer and halfway into it claimed it was life changing, and promised to pass it along once she was done the book. I need to call her up and see if I can borrow it. Sounds like it acts as a great motivator.

    I also strongly believe that the way you look at things, and your perspective allows opportunities to arise that you never thought possible. There are two ways to look at things: 1) negative self talk, which is destructive, 2) positive self talk, which acts as a motivator and makes one secure in themselves.

  6. Kathy December 8, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Rachel:
    You are so wonderful to share this with your readers! The Secret is an amazing affirmation of the way I approach life. If I had not lost my job, I never would have started The Boston Sports Woman, and never would have met you! Let’s plan a blogger get-together so we can all celebrate our achievements for 2010, and plan for 2011!

    • healthychicks December 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

      Jen, I love how you said positive self talk can act as a motivator, that’s SO true, and I wish more people had a more positive outlook! Kathy, I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I love how you got to where you are today, that’s amazing!

      YES, we need to plan a Boston blogger meetup ASAP, maybe a fun night out for dinner?

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