Ever hear the phrase, “Birds of a feather flock together”? How about, “Like attracts like”? Or…“You reap what you sow”? All of these sayings loosely describe an incredible phenomenon that fortunately is becoming more and more acknowledged in our society: the Law of Attraction. For those of you who have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, you probably have a general idea of what the Law of Attraction (LOA) is about. For those of you who haven’t or could just use a refresher, LOA basically affirms that we are all made up of energy fields and we are constantly giving off energy. The type of energy we give off at any given moment simply depends upon our thoughts and beliefs.
The type of energy we give off draws certain experiences into our lives. For example, if we give off positive energy we tend to attract positive experiences. If we give off negative energy, we tend to attract negative experiences. Most people don’t recognize that they hold such power over their own lives and often find themselves stuck in the revolving door of negative experiences. “Why me? Why do I always have the worst possible luck?” — these thoughts contribute to the situation.
Our thoughts about ourselves are just as powerful as our thoughts about others. It’s time we use the LOA to shed positive experiences on our students. “Kids live up to the expectations we have of them.” This sort of belief can result in tremendous growth from your students. The old saying, “You have to see it to believe it,” is more accurately put, “You have to believe it to see it.” Teachers must focus on the strengths instead of the weaknesses of their students. In doing so, students will be better equipped to succeed and teachers will create a better classroom environment for everyone. If you change the way you see things, the things you see will change. After all, it’s the law!