If you love reading law of attraction success stories as much as I, you’re in for a treat. Like most of us, Jamie was (and still is) sceptical about the law of attraction.
But, looking back, he can’t help but notice all of the things he manifested on his journey to financial freedom.
So, if you’re in need of some L.O.A. inspiration then you’re in luck; this story is as inspiring as it is entertaining.
And you’ll be glad to know it’s not as cheesy as my usual content, lol.
Take it away, Jamie…
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It all started with a book.
It was the first personal finance book I’d read. Little did I know that it would change my life…
In those pages, I was introduced to the concept of passive income for the first time.
I loved the idea that each pound I invested was my own little employee that worked to create more money. They never got tired, took sick days, and had relentless hustle.
And then I had my light bulb moment…
If I hired a bunch of these little pound employees, they’d earn enough passive income that I wouldn’t have to work.
I’d have an abundance of time to do all the things I’ve always wanted to do.
I’d be free to travel the world, learn another language, learn BJJ, become a great cook, start a lifestyle business, or just chill and binge on Netflix… on a Wednesday afternoon.
The possibilities were endless.
A 10 Year Goal?
I was immediately hooked on creating passive income and achieving financial independence. I set myself the goal of replacing my salary with passive income by the time I was 34.
I was 24 at the time, which gave me a solid ten years to achieve my goal.
I was pumped! I had a new zest for life. I was no longer going through the motions, and I now had a big dream guiding my life.
Around this time, I stumbled across the FIRE community online. If you’ve not heard of FIRE – or Financial Independence Retire Early – it’s a way of living that prioritises saving as much as possible with the goal of retiring as soon as possible.
Here were people from every walk of life and corner of the globe working towards financial independence. I had found my tribe.
But it wasn’t all good news…
After reading the stories of those who had achieved FIRE – some of which had meticulously broken down their finances – I realised I had zero chance of achieving my goal in ten years.
I simply wasn’t saving enough. I’d be lucky to achieve financial independence by the legal retirement age at my current savings rate!
My dream was shattered.
Not Believing in the Law of Attraction
Partly down to youthful ignorance and partly due to the self-development books I was reading, I decided I would achieve financial independence in ten years no matter what.
I used success techniques to keep me focused and help instil the belief that my goal was possible.
I would write my goal down every morning and say affirmations out loud to the point I truly believed they would come true.
But one technique I’d shied away from was the law of attraction.
I couldn’t understand how it worked.
“What, I’m supposed to just think about this thing, and the universe will bring it into existence???”
But I had nothing to lose (and everything to gain) by giving it a shot.
So, I started visualising all the things that I wanted – travel, freedom, wealth.
I’d also try to bring money into my life by visualising my savings account with six-figure sums and money dropping into it.
Some days, I would get lost in my visions to the point I was living them. But other days, my mind would wander to work, the tasks I had to do, or random thoughts.
I needed a prompt to keep me focused.
My Dream Board
If you’re not familiar with dream boards (or vision boards), they’re a collage of pictures, quotes, goals, or anything else that paints a picture of what your ideal life looks like.
I created a dream board with pictures of all the things I wanted to do when financially free.
There were pictures of beaches, cities, and attractions I wanted to visit; the hobbies I wanted to try; skills I wanted to learn; and a typewriter for the book I wanted to write.
The vision board took pride of place in my home office – my happy place where I worked on passion projects before having to go to work.
Every morning, I would take a few moments to soak in my vision board and feel the feelings I would feel once I achieved my goal.
It inspired me and confirmed that this momentous goal was worth the climb.
I was happy alone with the daily motivation boost I got from my vision board, but pretty soon, things started to happen.
I started noticing small things that moved me closer to my goal, such as finding new ways to save more, or spotting opportunities to make money outside of work.
But soon, this new awareness I had was having a real impact on my finances.
I was managing to save more than ever, and it wasn’t long before I’d cleared my credit card and built a small nest egg – I now had cash in the bank for the first time in my life!
And it wasn’t only my savings that were growing…
After less than a year in a new job, I got a £10,000 pay rise. And not long after that, I got another!
My salary continued to climb, and over the next six years, it grew from £24,000 to £70,000!
Even writing this now, I’m in disbelief. The things I asked the universe for became my reality.
Not wanting to let the momentum slide, I kept my vision board updated with new goals.
Finding a New Path to Financial Independence
Shortly after building some savings, I hit another major milestone: I made my first investment! I invested £800 into a shares index fund that held the ten largest companies in Australia.
I was incredibly proud to have gone from borrower to investor.
With my pay increase and the savings hacks I was practising, I was making significant contributions to my share portfolio every month.
I was still a long way off my ten-year goal, but I believed it was possible. I only had to look at the past few months to know that circumstances can change quickly.
One day, another type of investment caught my eye: PROPERTY!
I loved everything about property, especially how you could influence its performance. Negotiating a discount on a property and then increasing its value through renovations meant that I could “force” its value up.
Or, in other words, I could create equity instead of having to save it.
I had found a way to bring my goal forward by years!
Maybe I was drawn to property for a reason because it ended up being my vehicle to financial freedom.
Over the next few years, I bought, refurbed, rented, and sold 16 properties.
I would fit my property business around work and other commitments and worked late into the evening and on weekends. I had a blast, but it was tough and draining at times.
But the hustle paid off, and six years after starting my financial independence journey, my property portfolio was making more money than I was earning at my job… PASSIVELY.
In December 2018, I handed in my notice.
I’d finally achieved financial independence after working towards it for years. I was free to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
And the best bit? I achieved my goal four years early!
I had retired… at the ripe old age of 30.
The Power of Pictures Tacked to an Old Corkboard
Did I achieve my goal solely because of a dream board?
As you can probably guess, the answer’s NO.
Visualisation without effort is just dreaming. Your goals won’t come true without hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.
BUT… my dream board was instrumental in my success (and it can be in yours).
Dream boards work as they engage a part of your brain called the reticular activating system.
The Reticular Activating System (RAS)
If you’ve ever bought a car, you’ll have noticed your RAS in action.
Immediately after buying the car, you’ll see the same model EVERYWHERE.
It’ll be in your rear-view mirror constantly, car parks will be littered with it, and you’ll even notice it hurtling past you on the opposite side of the motorway.
Of course, the same car was always there; you just happen to notice it now that your RAS is tuned to find it.
And the RAS works the same way for your goals.
When you focus on your goal through visualisation or a dream board, you give your conscious and subconscious mind the task of finding the resources and opportunities to help you achieve it.
Opportunities surround everyone, but they don’t show up unless your RAS is actively hunting for them.
That’s the law of attraction at work.
It isn’t so much about attracting what you desire, but being able to identify the resources that will move you forward amongst the hustle and bustle of life and the million other things vying for your attention.
What Have You Got To Lose?
I was once sceptical that the law of attraction worked. I put it in the same basket as healing stones and palm reading.
But I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Without tuning my RAS to spot the opportunities around me, I’d still be grinding it out and tuned into finding reasons why it’s not possible.
If you’re still not convinced that the law of attraction will work for you, why not give it a shot?
What have you got to lose?
Some pictures pinned to an old cork board may end up leading to your dream life.