Magnetic Thinking

Published on May 15, 2015 by

We’ve all heard of the Self-fulfilling prophecy.

What we believe and expect to happen tends to happen.

I call that “Magnetic Thinking.”

Our thinking, our beliefs, our assumptions and our expectations are infused with energy that attracts people, resources and circumstances that are aligned with our thoughts and beliefs.

Does that sound “Woo-woo” to you?

It’s not or I would call it “Magical Thinking” instead of “Magnetic Thinking.”

James Allen, considered to be the father of psychology put it this way: “Belief creates the actual fact.”

That’s why it’s so important (even if it’s challenging at times) to keep our minds on what we want, not on what we don’t want.

If you want to improve, substitute giving yourself positive feedback instead of criticizing yourself.

If you want better health, financial abundance or better relationships, you have to create that from the inside out with your thoughts and beliefs.

Criticizing and judging others, ourselves and our circumstances will increase the very things we don’t want. We get more of what we focus on, even if it's more of what we don't want.

If you have a boss at work that’s difficult, when you think of him or her, think the very best you can of him or her. At the very least, imagine him or her being the boss you want and deserve.

If that sounds simplistic or childish to you, you will keep criticizing, judging and viewing your boss as terrible, unfair or worse.

We know that doesn’t make things better. It only takes a toll on you, your mind, your spirit and your body. It creates tension, stress and goes in a less than useful direction.

Perhaps it’s time to try something different, even if it’s challenging or if it seems a little “out there.”

After all, if you keep doing what you’ve been doing…

(Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you’re reading this in your email, click on the title and it will take you to my website where you can leave a comment or question.)


  1. Steve

    I like the term "magnetic thinking". I haven't heard that one before. That makes it real. "Magical thinking" sounds like it will never happen and it's not real. What a great metaphor to think that we attract into our life what we focus on. Thanks!

    • Alan Allard

      The phrase "magnetic thinking" popped up for me while writing the blog post. When I googled it, I didn't find it being used anywhere and that surprised me. Thanks for your comments Steve.

  2. Beth

    A story, only one of many, comes to my mind about how this has played out in my life. Years ago I taught water aerobics. At some point I had to be certified to be a water instructor. It was one of the worst 3 months of my life as I studied for that exam. Meanwhile I kept telling myself, "I am not going to pass this." I would ask my husband and my friends, "How am I going to pass this?' Well, guess what.....I didn't pass it the first time I took it. I really believed I wasn't going to pass it though I studied very hard. The next time I took it, I was able to tell myself enough that I would pass it and I did. Positive feedback for myself is the jumping off point for me in whatever new project I begin and it keeps me fueled as I go along. Great Blog post, Alan.

    • Alan Allard

      Beth, I didn't see your comment until today. Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Alan Allard

    Beth, that's a great story, thanks for sharing it with us!

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