The “pop” self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes was an international phenomenon that was made into a movie that gained a tremendous following.  It was packaging at its finest taking a basic concept and making into a franchise.  Amazing because its sole “secret” was the law of attraction which has been part of the new age movement for decades.  The Secret franchise ultimately became a way for the leading “guru’s” in self-development to promote themselves and earned segments on Oprah and TED talks.

I think there is a lot to be said about how we create energy, quantum physics and as Jim Carey did place a $1,000,000 check above his bed to visualize one day actually earning it!

To take The Secret to its most practical application is to look at it as stating what you want and getting very clear on the next step action (s) you need to take to get there.  Basically, create a to-do list of next actions and a timetable to get it done.

The challenge is stating what we want is not as easy as it seems.  In fact, most people can’t actually articulate to themselves or anyone else what they want from life, their job and on a personal development level.  And this can be understandable when you consider we have responsibilities to family and financial obligation to meet while navigating through the ever-changing world and natural forks in the road.