An experience that still feels a bit surreal for me and strange to say, because when I was first introduced to the Law of Attraction, the idea of creating your reality through your thoughts, seemed just too “woo-woo” for me.
They say you need a picture to prove it, so here’s a picture of the home that was on my vision board vs. a picture of my new house -->
Have you ever doubted the Law of Attraction, or wondered if it really works?
I know I was extremely skeptical and doubtful. I used to think “Seriously, you’re telling me that if I sit and visualize what I want or put pictures on a poster board, these things will magically start showing up in my life?”
Yet as an engineer, I had to test this idea, so I started running experiments to prove it. So, I started with small things like thinking about the perfect parking spot downtown and hoping they would put out brownies for the afternoon snack at the conference I was attending. And on the occasions where these things would show up, I chalked them up to coincidence.
Yet I kept playing, in the fall of 2010, I started a bootcamp class. My instructor had been a drill instructor in the Army, and he lined us up in formation, called us by last name, and ran us through a PFT, Personal Fitness Test, every 6-8 weeks.
Our PFT included a push-ups drill, to measure the total number of push-ups we could do in two minutes. I could barely do 2-3 push-ups, when I started the bootcamp, before dropping to my knees to finish out the set. Push-ups on your knees didn’t count.
In March 2011, I was once again was hearing about the Law of Attraction and visualization. I was reading The Success Principles, and doing a year-long Train-the-Trainer Program training with the author, Jack Canfield. In one of our sessions, he shared the results of a visualization study run by Dr. Biasiotto, at the University of Chicago.
In the study, three test groups were measured on their ability to improve the number of free throws they could make with a basketball. A baseline free-throw test was run and then over the next 30-days – one group continued to practice, one group visualized practicing, and one group did nothing. The study results revealed that the group who physically practiced and the group who visualized practicing showed similar improvements, while the group who did nothing did not improve
While I’d worked my way up to 55 push-ups during our 2-minute PFT drills, I saw another opportunity to experiment. One in which I would both practice doing and visualize doing my push-ups. (This had to supercharge it right?!) I’d run a 30-day Visualization Experiment leading up to my next PFT, where the results would be measured during my next 2-minute push-up test.
For the next 30-days, I’d head to my 6a Bootcamp, where I’d do my daily push-ups, then weave in a couple more later in the day against the stairs in my house or during commercial breaks, will watching tv.
And every night before, I shut the light out, I set a timer for 2-minutes and visualized doing my PFT. Counting in my head as I went - down/up – 1....down/up – 2.
I ran through images in my head with all my five senses:
The first couple weeks, my visual push-ups hovered in the 45-50 range, and then they started to grow to 55-65 then 65-75. The night before my PFT, I felt ready.
Although I have to admit, I still believed the result would be a function of the actual push-ups I was doing daily.
My alarm rang, the next morning and I headed to class, ready to put visualization to the test – ready to not really “prove” it once again.
“Ready – Begin!” My strategy was to crank out as many push-ups as I could do non-stop, before slowing down to short bursts for the remainder of the 2-minute drill. That pause came just over a minute in and I was at 65 push-ups! I kept going…70…75…80…
My arms were burning, my back was sore, and I could no longer burst out sets of 5. I kept going…87…90…92. The pauses between became longer. I was at 93..94…95.
“STOP!” – when the time was called, I’d cranked out 102 push-ups!!!
I was in disbelief. My partner counting couldn’t believe it either. My instructor thought we were joking when he asked “How many for Osborn” and heard “102.”
I’d proven to myself the powerful effect visualization can have in achieving goals and had to keep using it. Over these last 10 years, I’ve continued to use visualization techniques and vision boards to fuel the Law of Attraction. I’ve come to learn you can’t always put a timeline on things and part of the power is letting go and trusting what you want – by visualizing you already have it - eventually leads to what you want, or even something better showing up.
I’ve used it to manifest simple things (more Rock Star parking spots & brownies) to larger things like free tickets to events, jobs, and people I’d like to meet.
This visualization stuff works and yes, I manifested a house!!!