Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shhhhh….it’s a Secret

“The Secret has been passed down through the ages... coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, bought for vast sums of money, and known by some of the most exceptional people who ever lived: Plato, Galileo, Da Vinci, Beethoven, Edison, and Einstein, to name but a few.

The Secret book reveals how you can change every aspect of your life. You can turn any weakness or suffering into strength, power, unlimited abundance, health and joy.

Everything is possible, nothing is impossible. There are no limits. Whatever you can dream of can be yours, when you use The Secret.”

Or, so the book says.

The Secret by Amanda Byrne, currently ranked No. 144 on Amazon.com, has been in and out of my inventory many times, and it’s current price, hovering around $1, shows that it’s a popular book with many copies in circulation. When it crossed my path this past weekend, I decided to peruse it just to see what all the fuss is about.

Simply put, the book is about the law of attraction, which dictates that “like attracts like, and so as you think a thought, you are attracting like thoughts to you.” Positive thoughts breed positive thoughts, and conversely, negative thoughts breed negative thoughts.

How does this apply to selling online, you might ask? 

While not covered in the book, you can extrapolate that if we sit and complain about slow sales, we will experience slow sales.  “Like attracts like,” remember?

To paraphrase a paragraph in the book:

To attract sales, you must focus on sales.  It is impossible to bring more sales into your life when you are noticing that that you do not have enough sales, because it means you are thinking thoughts that you do not have enough.  Focus on slow sales, and you will create slow sales. 

You must focus on an abundance of sales. 

I know, it’s very profound and cosmic. Yet, it has a very positive vibe, so to speak, and runs parallel to the tried and true adage of the power of positive thinking, something I firmly believe in. So, when I compared apples to apples and oranges to oranges, I realized that I’ve been practicing The Secret all along.

Through the week, I think positively about going to yard sales on Saturday.  Occasionally, I think about skipping the sales and sleeping late, but I quickly squash those negative thoughts in favor of positive mental imagery.  I imagine finding books, CDs, eBay items, etc.  I visualize coming home with a car full of good stuff, and unloading it into my “warehouse.”

Negative thoughts tend to creep back in when I face listing all those items, but then I visualize selling these items, and smiling and feeling happy when I see the money disbursed into my account.

The book obviously goes into a lot more detail.  It’s a feel-good and easy read, and could open your eyes to possibilities that you’ve never considered. Or, it could be total bunk.

It’s your choice, though, to believe.  Be positive or negative.  Imagine and expect great sales, or whine about slow sales. Bemoan lack of available inventory, or visualize mountains of sellable items at your disposal.

To quote another great book, you reap what you sow.

Think about it.


  1. I have The Secret on my list of fave movies in my profile. I've watched the DVD many times and I believe strongly in the law of attraction. It works both ways. Trying to only think positive thoughts takes practice, but after a while it becomes second nature. I don't spend time with negative people because I'm afraid their bad vibes will rub off on me. Great post! :)

  2. Ha! I was just reading this while whining to my husband about how little money is in my Paypal "vacation" account. I believe that a little positive thinking goes a long way, but as a long-time pessimist, it's hard to do. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Great post - it does pay off! A couple of weeks ago, I resolved NOT to look at the competition, not to brood over unsold items etc and already great stock bought, more listings done and sales are up. The only way is definitely up- with positive thoughts!

  4. Yup. I believe it. I've been telling myself for a couple weeks that I'm going to find a Hidden Mickey Bear and guess what I found on Saturday? Yup. I rare Blue Hidden Mickey Pre-Duffy Bear. Um yup... think posative people. :)