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Only a monomaniac gets what we commonly refer to as results
-Albert Einstein

Circular Logic

Consider the following conversation…

Secret-Giver (SG): If you want something to manifest in your life, all you need do is apply this simple 3-step plan: make your request to the universe, believe that your request will be fulfilled, and be willing to receive it when your request is fulfilled.

Thom (TR): Actually, I have attempted that on countless occasions, at various times in my life, and it just doesn't seem to work that way.

SG: This method always works.

TR: Then can you explain why it didn't work for me?

SG: If it didn't work for you, then you were doing something wrong.

TR: How do you know I was doing something wrong?

SG: I know you were doing something wrong because you said it didn't work for you, and I happen to know that it always works.

TR: Really?

SG: Yes, really.

TR: So if I were to gather maybe a dozen people here, or even a hundred people, who all say they have applied the 3-step method of The Secret, and it didn't work, then you would say that we were all doing something wrong?

SG: Yes.

TR: And you can determine that without knowing the details of any of our circumstances?

SG: Yes.

TR: And how would you know this?

SG: Because the 3-step method of the law of attraction always works. Therefore, if it does not work for you, then you are doing something wrong.

TR: Really?

SG: Yes, really.

TR: What if I gathered a thousand people with the same claim, all claiming that it hasn't worked for them?

SG: No difference.

TR: So let me get this straight --- you are so convinced that the law of attraction's 3-step method works every time that you are no longer open to doubt, even if some contrary evidence or reason for skepticism is given?

SG: It always works.

TR: Thanks for your time; I've got a bus to catch.

Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and author of Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift, a book about the empowerment that is available to us when we don't try to wish our troubles away. For more information about Thom, his books, and his availability as a speaker:

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