The Secret is certainly a twist on the reality, perpetuating this myth around putting positive thoughts "out in to the universe" as if that alone is enough. As if one *deserves* to get what they want and just by thinking about it it will somehow be given to them. However positive thinking is helpful, not because there is some mystic power but because:
Thoughts become actions
Being positive is attractive
Believing something can happen for you will motivate you to *work* for it
Being positive will lead to liking yourself more, liking yourself is key to self-esteem, self confidence, and self-efficiacy
and I would like to draw your attention to the following from a book by Brian Tracy which better de-spells the Secret in favor of what the truth is:
I do too. Not that I expect to fail but I take extra par of gloves and NCR blanket when hiking in the mountains in winter
Originally Posted by Qlip
I feel that when I spend a lot of time managing expectations, then I'm taking away energy that can be applied to the task at hand. I'd much rather pick up the pieces later rather than never get the rocket off the launchpad in the first place.
I sort of agree with that. Sometimes it works for me. I had some new ideas, never questioned if they gonna work. Later it turned out they worked great although odds were agianst me. However from tactical point of view it's important IMO to have a realistic appraoch when embarking on timeconsuming projects. You are able to plan better if you realistically asses your situation and all risks involved.