What makes the secret special?
March 24, 2007 9:17pm CST
I've seen the Secret, and have gone to see a speaker who was a consultant to I think the book because I don't remember him in the DVD. I haven't read the book yet, but have seen the DVD, so I don't know how different they are. I liked the Secret, but not fascinated with it as much as other people seem to be. This really seems to have struck a chord with people. The reason I wasn't fascinated by it is because I got introduced to the basic concepts of the Secret by reading Jose Silva, Tony Robbins and Marshall Slyver beginning about 25 years ago. And maybe because they are the ones who introduced me to goal setting and visualization, they are the ones who I identify when I goal set and motivate myself. My question is this. For you, how different is this from other visualization/motivation guides out there. Is this the first time you've been exposed to these concepts, or if you've read/heard Tony Robbins or Jose Silva and others and prefer the Secret, what is it about the Secret that makes it a better fit for you?
29 Mar 07
What makes "the secret" so special is that it is a movie. No matter how we look at it, movies are much more popular and easy to publish than books. Many people read books, but more people watch movies (in the modern countries, at least). Another thing, I think as important as the first point I raised, is the fact that in the movie they simplify things. They simplify them so much, until almost everyone can understand and start apply "the secret" right away. In the movie, it is easier to set the pace you want at any point - you can talk about making more wealth faster, and speed up the frames, or talk about love and slow it down. That way, it creates a sub concious effect, another sense in which you can percieve the idea - a kind of sixth sense. To those the movie "did it", I recommend reading books that speak of the same ideas. The books don't have to be "the secret" - it can be any other guides you mentioned or even others (I prefer "the secret" or Bob Proctor's boks). It makes you inderstand better the concept. The details don't matter, because the basic guidung laws are the same. I find it easier to watch the film once a week, and read one book a month. It certainly improved and still does my quality of life.
• United States
30 Mar 07
You are right. I know a lot of people who will watch movies, but won't read the book. And it's because movies are more convenient. The books give better detail and a more thorough understanding of the concepts, but movies are good for summaries and the basic concepts. Rather than pop in DVD's, I have the tendency to go back to specific chapters in the book, or play audios of book/program of specific areas i would like to work on.
• United States
31 Mar 07
I was much better and more disciplined when I was in school at applying these concepts. But still pretty good at it up till a couple of years ago. A couple of weeks ago, I opened up my binder which has my written goals, and I had not written in it for the past three years. Ironically, or obviously, it's been these past three years where life has pretty much stayed the same. What I used to do was to write down my goals for the year, then write down steps, followed those steps and at the end of each month, reviewed my progress. At the end of the year, i would write down accomplishments, whether or not they were part of my original goals for the year At between 5 - 7 years ago when I was still really practicing these concepts, and reached some of the long term goals I had set for myself, I was happy, eating right, and was in the best health of my life. I was happy and content. I'd still review chapters and read books, but I stopped practicing these exercises. But I guess humans need to keep growing, and lately I've been feeling that something is missing, so I've decided to go back to basics and be more disciplined in visualizing and goal settings. Financially and employment, I am still on my long term track and I'm happy with my current position, which is as senior as I can be without being in management (perfect for me). But I've always wanted to be full time as a writer, and that's what is missing I feel now. Healthwise, I'm on blood pressure and cholesterol medication, but is more genetic than anything else, as it became harder and harder for me to control those with diet and exercise - and i enjoy my foods too much. So, I've strayed a bit, but only to a point where I need to do some tweaking in my life rather than an overhaul. I'm still content, but I guess I've lost some satisfaction. As we reach goals, we need to create new goals for ourselves.