How the “Positive Action Effect” can impact your life and career?

31 May 2021

Have you ever wondered why when things go wrong, they go spectacularly wrong and when things go right, it feels like everything you touch turns to gold?

This is what I call the positive action effect – i.e. the combination of a having a positive mindset and being proactive in creating movement towards your goals. As I spend more and more time coaching professionals, I am increasingly reminded of how the two are connected.

For example, it is not enough to simply wish for your dream job or that promotion – you must do things that will take you in the direction that you want to go. It could be researching about the skills and experience required to do the role, asking to sit in on business meetings to learn more, bolstering your skills by signing up for courses, looking for a mentor who has already achieved success or connecting with a coach for support and guidance.

And when you start being proactive, you might realise the Laws of Attraction kicking in. The Law of Attraction is based on three key principles:

  1. Like attracts like – negative thoughts can attract negativity whilst positive thoughts attract more positive experiences in your life. Ever heard of the saying “your vibe attracts your tribe”?
  2. Nature abhors a vacuum – something will always fill a space. If you remove negative things from your life, you can create the space for more positive ones.
  3. The present is always perfect – focus your energy on getting the best out of your present, rather than dwelling on your past or obsessing with how things could be different in the future.

Elizabeth Scott, explains this beautifully in this blog article and I highly encourage reading – What Is the Law of Attraction? (

Now you might be thinking – where do I start? I know I need to start doing something but how can I get the wheels in motion? What do I do to create the confidence and momentum necessary to benefit from the Laws of Attraction?

Here are some practical things you can do:

  1. Write your goals down – writing your goals down helps you increase your motivation, concentrate your efforts, track your progress, consider opportunities and turn them into reality. At the end of the day, action is what matters. By writing your words down, you make a small start and set the ball rolling.
  2. Use a journal – journaling has the amazing effect of helping you to understand the things that are happening in your life and career and in focussing your attention on the present. It allows to you record your thoughts, feelings, fears and opportunities and to work through them in a logical and considered way. Ultimately, it raises your awareness and helps you to make sense of things.
  3. Focus on your strengths – start to really understand and explore your strengths so that you can find ways to do more of the things that you love and are good at. Ultimately doing more of what already makes you great will create even more success.
  4. Visualise your success – Actively visualise yourself achieving your goals and doing your dream job.  It teaches your brain to recognise what resources it will need to help you succeed in reaching your goals.

The other day, my 16-year-old, who is usually very good at Maths was finding it hard. I started positively visualising how I might help him build on his strengths and had a casual thought of finding someone to help. The very next morning, whilst talking to my personal trainer, I mentioned it. He eagerly suggested I contact one of his friends who was a Maths wiz. I called and by the next night they were sitting at my dining table working together. By some strange coincidence, the very next day my son had a surprise Maths test. He got an A+ and has his confidence back!

Was it coincidence? Was it serendipity? Or was it the laws of attraction giving me just what I needed at the time I needed it? I think it was the latter!

Why don’t you try it and see what happens? But be prepared, if you take the right actions, you just might get what you really want!

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