Are You Acting in Your Own Best Interest?
A few months ago, I had a moment of clarity that helped illuminate for me why somethings work for me in life and others do not. This moment of clarity revolves around the idea of acting in your own best interest.
The clarity was this:
Thanks to the Law of Attraction, when I BELIEVE I am acting in my own best interest, things have a way of working out for me. When I believe I am acting outside of my own best interest, they do not.
Let’s take food as an example:
Food is interesting, as there are many ways that people eat and people have different outcomes when it comes to food.
On one end, some people eat vegan, organic, quintessentially “healthy” foods. On the opposite end of the spectrum are those who eat processed, non organic, quintessentially “unhealthy” foods.
That being said, not everyone reacts to these choices in the same way.
Some people find they are able to eat processed foods and maintain good health and a strong physique, while some others find themselves struggling on a vegan diet and feeling very weak.
This runs counter to what we would often expect. We are frequently surprised to hear of people who act in “unhealthy ways” yet live long and healthy lives.
Why do people react differently to food (or anything else for that matter)?
The differences in how we react to our choices really have nothing to do with the choices themselves, but rather how we FEEL about the choices.
If I truly believe that eating a vegan diet is fully in my own best interests, it will be for me. However, if I feel that a vegan diet will leave me feeling deprived or unsatisfied, that is the result I will get.
Likewise, if I truly believe that indulging in processed foods is of no concern, and that all of the evidence against them is just “hype,” that will be my experience. However, if I believe that a processed diet will lead me to be unhealthy, I will have that experience instead.
Because of the Law of Attraction we live in a world of limitless possibility, and the only limits that exist are the ones we place in our own minds.
Limits, however, don’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, so long as we feel we can work within them and not against them. We can reap the benefits of our own “rules” so long as we act in alignment with them.
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Work within your own definitions of what is best for you.
So, if you’ve been experiencing a struggle in your life be it with health, career, relationships or anything else, ask yourself if you are working in your own best interests.
A good rule of thumb question for you would be “do I BELIEVE I am acting in a way that will bring me the best results?”
If the answer is yes, keep moving ahead. However, if the answer is no, it’s time to take pause with your action.
Perhaps it’s time to stop fighting against what you know you believe in. Perhaps it’s time to select actions that support the rules you’ve defined in your own mind.
That may mean switching to a different exercise regimen, or a different diet. It may mean dating different types of people, or applying yourself in a different way at work.
Tweak your actions so they are in alignment with what you believe you need to do to get desired results in your life. What works for the guy down the street or your friend on social media isn’t necessarily a rule that will apply in your life. With the Law of Attraction, it is only your beliefs that matter, nothing else.
Acting with your best interest in mind will support your growth, happiness and fulfillment. Be sure your actions mirror what you believe is right for you.
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Alright, in order to understand ourselves I guess we need to keep asking us if we enjoy what we are doing..or how do you think would be the best way to know this..i mean sometimes you might be uncertain as to what to do..so the clarity comes when we know what makes us happy.. Thank you for the article!!
I was feeling as though all my energy had drained out of me and there I found your post. Thanks a lot. ❤
Lately,I have these cycles where I feel extremely optimistic and hopeful at times, like all my dreams are coming true and everything is possible. And then one thing goes wrong and I become a borderline pessimist and see no way out of the blunders I have created in my life and blame others for those. What is weird is that when I experience something positive again I switch back to being optimistic. I don’t know what’s happening. I am so confused.
Hi Anonymous- good question! Instead of trying to figure out in advance precisely what would make you happy on a BIG level, it helps to just ask yourself “am I enjoying what I am doing?” while you are in the moment of action. If the answer is YES, keep at it. If the answer is NO ask yourself “what would I enjoy doing more?”
Hi Nick! If you haven’t read this article, you might enjoy reading it. It touches on precisely the issue you’ve elaborated on in your comment. Have a GREAT day! XO
Amazing article! thank you!
this explains to me why some people will smoke til the day they die at 80 something – and someone at 50 can die of lung cancer. we set our own expectations
Exactly! We have to live by our own rules for best results, don’t we Bobby? 🙂