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"Energy creates form" is a concept shared by Buddhists and nuclear physicists. The basic idea is that when you apply energy to something, this energy begins to shape the material reality or expression behind the energy. It’s not as abstract as it may sound. It’s all about attracting and manifesting what you believe to be true. Your thoughts are perhaps even more powerful than your actions because they are the engine behind the actions. Beliefs and thoughts are like magnets. You cannot see a magnet’s power, but soon, forks, bottle caps and pieces of metal are flying through the air, pulled by this invisible force, and the magnetic attraction has taken tangible shape.
This is relevant for anyone making their way through the business world and even just making their way through life. The realization that you become what you believe—that life is a self-fulfilling prophecy—determines how it goes. And it’s key to remember this when encountering negativity, whether it be your own or someone else’s.
Throughout my working life, I’ve encountered what I call energy vampires. These are needy individuals who have a victim’s personality, believing the world is out to get them, and they sing a victim song. They say the world is a terrible place, that they have been treated unjustly by life, and that the same may happen to you—not exactly a cheery thought.
Even John F. Kennedy said, “Life is not fair.” Some of you are born richer, poorer, taller, shorter, even prettier or smarter than others. This fact defines the hand of cards you were dealt by destiny, luck and fortune, including your DNA and a million other circumstances out of your control. But what’s far more important is how you play your hand once you’ve had the chance to examine and understand the cards you hold.
In the simplest terms, it comes down to choice. You do have choice, you do have free will, and you do make key decisions throughout life. Many people get stuck in a feeling of helplessness because their initial hand of cards may not be entirely to their liking or because a wild card shows up without invitation. But you still exercise choice as you choose your responses to all of the things in life over which you feel you have no direct control.