How Reading The Book The Secret Changed My Life

Today I want to talk about how the law of attraction changed my life. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know I’m partial to raving about The Secret, a book based on following the law of attraction and working with the universe to attract positive things into your life. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of manifestation, here’s a quick, and hopefully easy to understand, recap.

The idea is, you ask the universe for something and the positive thoughts you put out there will come back to you in the shape of whatever it is you want. Like attracts like. Positive energy attracts positive energy. OK, I know what you’re thinking. I want a million pounds. Doesn’t everyone. But how manifesting works is that you really must believe you already have what it is you’re asking for.

The most important point is to write your wish down and concentrate on it daily, believing that it’s already yours. You feel the feelings and emotions of already having what you want. You feel the happiness you imagine you’d feel if your wish came true. Of course, you take steps to make it happen – you can’t just sit in your armchair and wait for a million pounds to appear – but you don’t worry about the “how” it’s going to happen, the universe will take care of that bit. The most important bit of all before any of this can take place, however, is that you have to be grateful for what you already have in life. Not just say you’re thankful, but truly believe it. You need to say thank you daily to the universe for what it has given you to date and mean it.

That’s a relatively short and simple way to explain what The Secret is about but for an in-depth explanation, I’d recommend listening to the audiobook like I did. I know it sounds whacky, and when I explain it to people who are cynical about stuff like this, it’s hard to get the idea across. But I can honestly say, practising the Law of Attraction has changed my life. Here’s how…

It was in March of this year when I settled down to listen to The Secret for the second time. The first time I found it mind-boggling. I was totally overwhelmed by it – something which a few other people had mentioned to me previously – and felt like I wasn’t in the right head space to try and work it into my already-busy life.

The second time I listened though, something clicked. I got it. I felt excited about the possibilities, but I also wanted to put it to the test. The Secret advises to start small – think of something small like seeing a bright pink feather (this is what I did). I believed I’d see that feather. I wasn’t sure when, but I knew it wouldn’t be long until the universe sent me a sign it was working. That week I opened a parcel from work and in there was a gift, with a pink feather in the bag which must have come off something else. Coincidence? Maybe. But for me, that was enough to believe there might be some truth to manifesting.

I tested it for a second time. I asked for £125. A random number I know, but that’s what I asked the universe for and I spent the whole journey to work visioning that money going into my bank account. Later that day a brand emailed about a campaign, but their budget was £120. This was close, but it wasn’t what I was asking the universe for. It had to be that specific amount for me to truly believe something was working. An hour later the brand came back and said as they could only pay me via Paypal they’d increase it to £125 to include any fees I’d incur. That random figure had appeared in my life the very same day I had manifested it.

I then created a moodboard with five things. A car that I’d dreamt about owning for over two years but couldn’t afford. The words “part-time” in big letters so I could manifest my hours to be cut down at work after my request was declined a year ago. £10k to pay off my debts. And finally, to win another blog award.

I would sit every morning whilst drying my hair and every night whilst rubbing my skincare lotions and potions in, really concentrating on my vision board. I also got into guided visualisation to help me drift of to sleep which is amazing and I still do to this day.

I knew it was only a matter of time before things started to happen and happen they did. I would write down drafts of Facebook posts announcing that I’d won a blog award, and I would imagine the car I was driving was in fact my dream car. I stopped stressing about money because I knew it was coming.

This was in July of this year. Today is the 7th December and you know what? I’ve won three blog awards in the last six months. I now own my dream car and genuinely can’t believe that I do. I now work part-time after my company agreeing to it in August, despite last year declining my proposal last year. I’ve earnt more money in the last six months from blogging that I have in the last 4 years combined and I’ve cleared nearly every single penny of debt.

The weird thing is, it’s quite poignant that I’m writing this post today because I can remember vividly a year ago exactly how rubbish I was feeling. I can remember exactly how I was feeling when I look at my Timehop and see the statuses and texts I was writing. Negative feelings were consuming my body and I couldn’t seem to shift them. And whether you think The Secret is a load of bull crap or not, the positivity that it brought into my life is undeniable.

What’s next? Well, I’m working on a manifesting a book deal, a house deposit and, wait for it…a husband. True story, don’t laugh. I have a moodboard with all the different qualities I want in a guy – humour, will watch Friends with me, loves me for me, likes chicken nuggets – the usual. And he’s just around the corner. Let’s hope he never finds out about the moodboard though hey, I’m not entirely sure how to explain that the universe sent him…

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Victoria Jackson is the editor of multi-award winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. Designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget, Victoria edits the inspirational and showcases the affordable.


  1. Ohhh Victoria I LOVE this! I am a huge believer in positive attracts positive, I agree 100% I have read The Secret, but like you it blew my mind so you have inspired me to pick it up again. Iv never used it to manifest anything, but I do know that keeping a positive mind and positive energy serves me far better than letting the stress of this year overwhelm me. When I met you at the 30 plus awards, I think I said, your energy is so positive and so full of promise, I know that you will have that deal done and dusted soon. All the very best to you xxx

  2. Wether or not people believe in this method, it’s all about focusing on the positive and having a clear image of what you want to achieve. I’m very happy for your success.

    I know I’ll be able to read your book this year, it’s simply a matter of time!

  3. I absolutely adore this post and I have read the Secret a number of times! It is something that can be hard to implement though and I feel like I’m kind of in that point where i’m not feeling it, but I have to remind myself that the point is you must! I totally believe in it and it’s amazing to hear about all you have achieved! xx

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  4. Oh I love it. I remember my mum had The Secret dvd (going back 10 years or so) and binned it. We thought it was a movie and felt so perplexed by it that mum gave up. I might have to find an online version and give that a go ? Really interesting, and I live that it gives you s vision / goal, and you’re totally right, even if it doesn’t happen it’s brought positivity!

  5. Wow. Just wow.

    This is the first post of yours that I’ve ever read. I just came across it on my twitter timeline and oh my word it was everything that I’ve needed to hear.

    I’ve tried this out myself once, I pictured myself in the job I wanted and told myself it was already mine and out of 20 people I got the job. It’s not a job I want to do anymore, but it’s helped me realise that I don’t want to work with animals but I really want to get an editing job.

    Can’t wait to read more posts of yours. 🙂

  6. I LOVE this!! I’m just starting to try out manifestation myself, although I’m really not a woo-woo person at all?? I read Magic Money by Holly Alexander and I’m practising manifestation daily. It’s really changed my whole attitude. Thanks for this post, it was very timely for me and now I’m off to find the book you recommended. Hmm.. I’m now wondering if the universe sent you…

  7. This is fabulous. Both in what you have achieved over the last year, but also of something so, I hate to say, simple.
    We/the world needs more positivity. More belief in ourselves that we’re worthy.
    I’ve had this book saved in my wish list on Amazon for some time, but I am totally inspired by your story, that I’m purchasing as I write.
    You completely deserve all the awards you’ve won this year and so many more.
    Watch out 2018!


  8. Oh my goodness I completely get this. Literally that moment when you read a blog post and relate so much that it doesn’t even feel like you’re talking to a friend, but like you’re talking to yourself. In August 2016 I was diagnosed with an incurable cancer, and all through my treatment I was so focused on recovery that I would chant NED (no evidence of disease) in my head frequently. Well, in January 2017 the doctors told me that my body is clear of cancer, something they didn’t believe would happen. I guess I kind of do this in more aspects of my life but less consciously…this post has inspired me to pay more attention to manifestation. I really want to read this book!

    Abi xx

  9. Its said you attract what you put out there, but I’m not sure how far a positive attitude gets a person. Having said that, I’m going to buy the book (audio books are like sleeping pills with me; two minutes in and I’m . zzzzzz…..lol!) and apply myself. There really isn’t anything I truly need, but perhaps I can make life nicer for others with it? Thank you for posting about this.

    1. I totally believe that you attract what you put out there! I find that life just gets that little bit easier when I approach things with a positive mindset 🙂 hope you’re enjoying the book! xx

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