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Embrace the law of action, not attraction, to find success

Posted by Kanika Sinha

December 21, 2021

The law of attraction — the belief that positive thoughts attract positive experiences while negativity begets negative outcomes — has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. 

In fact, an abundance of coaches out there swear by its effectiveness and go about telling people that they can basically manifest anything they want. And this is often said to include career and business.

But could it really be that simple and easy? 

According to Kathryn Porritt, CEO and founder of Luxury Influencers, it’s definitely not. “Frankly, success comes down much more to the laws of action rather than the laws of attraction,” says Porritt in her interview with Philadelphia Style magazine.

The basics

What is the law of attraction? This belief holds that envisioning your perfect future can put you on a trajectory for success. Or better said, you can manifest success with the power of your thought. That is, by merely visualizing the future you want for yourself, the universe will then play its role in giving it to you.

What is the law of action? It is probably the least talked about of the 12 universal laws, but it is by far the most tangible law as it requires that you do something. This law states that you cannot manifest things you want without taking action, or better said, without engaging in actions that align with your ideas or target goals.

Delve deeper

Merely thinking positively will not set the ball in motion; for success you have to take a step forward to meet the universe halfway. As you’re co-creating the universe, you have to start the chain reaction by making the first move. Moving forward and taking action shows the universe that you're ready to put your blood, sweat and tears into building your success.

In other words, ideas don’t manifest on their own. Rather, bringing ideas to successful outcomes requires hard work. Be a hustler and spend your time taking actions driving toward the target objectives. Ultimately, that is what will set your business on the path of success. 

Ok, now what?

This doesn’t mean that you should stop manifesting your life, dreams or career.

Of course, you should believe in the power of positive thinking and visualize the success and future you want for yourself. But also know that if you don’t get started and strive hard to transform your thought into a reality, nothing will be handed to you by the universe. 

As Porritt puts it, “It is in producing your revolution that dreams come to life … you can’t just materialize money. It takes a different kind of magic. The magic that happens when you pour your heart and soul into something. When you build it with love, passion, and a drive that is bigger than you.”


While the law of attraction holds that you should visualize your goals, outcomes and focus on positive thoughts, the law of action is like a second step. The universe will only truly understand what you want if your actions are in harmony with your thoughts.


Kanika Sinha
Kanika Sinha

Kanika is an enthusiastic content writer who craves to push the boundaries and explore uncharted territories. With her exceptional writing skills and in-depth knowledge of business-to-business dynamics, she creates compelling narratives that help businesses achieve tangible ROI. When not hunched over the keyboard, you can find her sweating it out in the gym, or indulging in a marathon of adorable movies with her young son.

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