Energy Goes Where Attention Flows

“Energy Flows Where Attention Goes”

I first heard this from Lou Dozier (

This may be the most powerful concept I have learned. I used to spend a lot of time focusing on what I did not want, what I did not like, what I wished would change.

And you know what I got?

What I did not want
What I did not like
What I wished would change

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I wasn’t always complaining about it or looking at it and wishing it were different. (Though very often I was.) Often I was trying to make it better, fix it, handle it, make it go away. But still I focused upon IT – the problem, the issue, the annoyance.

If you knew, absolutely, that you would get more of what you focus on (Napolean Hill, Think and Grow Rich), what would you do differently?

Say, for example, that you don’t like your clients. What if instead of complaining about them or even trying to get rid of them, you focused on what you do want? The clients you really want. Who are they? Where are they? How do I get them?

What if you hate your job? You can complain about it, be sad about it, say there are no other good options and get everyone to agree with you (because they will), or you could start to write out what you really want, create a job description, look around, ask around, commit to getting it. However long it takes.

What if you are sad and discouraged about the state of our country? You can certainly talk about how bad it is. That is always an option. There are plenty of people who will support you in that choice. But consider how that option feels to you. What if you start to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Ghandi)? It’s not the easy road. Complaining is the far easier road. But it is the more fulfilling road. Not only that, it will make you feel better to focus on what you want. And it will get you more of what you want. What if rather than complain about the state of our world, you held the door for someone, smiled at someone, helped someone?

When your attention is on what you want, your energy goes toward what you want. And you get more of what you want. It’s pretty simple.

Thanks, Lou!Person Holding Round Framed Mirror Near Tree at Daytime
Speaking of getting what you want, one of our new coaches has focused on the change she wants as a woman lawyer and she has created a retreat specifically for women lawyers. It is set in a beautiful location near Lake Tahoe, California. She has brought in a yoga teacher and coaches (myself included) with the intention of changing the mindset that often settles in with women lawyers. This retreat is a clear focus on what you want. We will help you create a purpose statement and a clear vision for 2020. We will support you in finding self-care and relaxation. You will leave rejuvenated and ready to take action. Your energy will be flowing in the direction your attention is focused. Please check out this link. You will NOT regret it.

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Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching professionals and leaders since early 2008. She runs Transformative Coaching Essentials, a coach training program that produces first rate Professional Coaches and "Coach-Style Leaders." She coaches individually and works with organizations to improve communication, time management, productivity and ultimately bring greater results.

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