March 12, 2018

I used to hate when a new week arrived. The pressure of new responsibilities piling up on top of last week’s clutter always made me anxious. I would walk into the week frustrated because I didn’t know how to stop the cycle of stress that rolled in every Monday.

To be honest, I didn’t believe it was possible to have a good day. So, I kept reliving the same drama, which included: arguments with family members, petty water-cooler beefs, an overworked mind, and unfulfilled goals.

But after hundreds of affirmations and tons of guided meditations, I finally found a way to overcome that negative energy. It all stems from the Law of Attraction.

Law of Attraction teachers like Abraham Hicks, Ralph Smart, and Rhonda Byrne teach that you must believe, ask, and receive what you want in life. They teach that like attracts like, and that the energy we put out—whether it's positive, negative, anxious, and so on—will always be returned to us. I realized I had to become conscious of the energy I put out if I wanted to enjoy my life.

Through trial and error, I learned that the real magic happens when you align what you want with what you’re putting out into the world. You have to exude how you want to feel, and trust that the energy is going to work in your favor. You have to do your part in co-creating what you want. So often we forget that we play a huge role in the manifesting process. If you want to live your best life, you must become what you are seeking.

The real magic happens when you align what you want with what you’re putting out into the world.

I now take small actions to create and attract the energy I want from my week—and my Monday scaries have all but disappeared. Here’s how you can use the Law of Attraction and set the tone for your week:

1. Believe In What You Want

If you set the intention to have an awesome day, you must believe you deserve it.

On Sunday evenings, try writing out your weekly intentions—the “what” you want from the week and the “why.” Maybe it's a sense of peace, or feeling in control of your schedule.

Whatever your intentions, try reading them every morning when you wake up. Focus on what you're trying to attract, and know that you deserve it.

2. Ask For What You Want

This is your chance to be honest about what's keeping you from your intentions. Start by asking yourself the “not-so-cute questions” like: What is blocking me from living my best life? What steps could I take to experience more happiness each day?

Once you're clear about what’s blocking you, try creating a Magic To-Do List. Every morning, write a list of everything you want out of the week. Maybe you’re working on a project at work and you feel stumped. Write it down on your to-do list as if you're asking for it to happen rather than telling yourself to do it.

Then, instead of worrying about not achieving that goal, pretend you've already finished it. Picture yourself tackling the project and proudly finishing it. We spend a lot of time imaginging our failure, but imaginging your own success can help you figure out the plan to get there.

3. Get Grateful For What You Receive

There are a lot of things to be grateful for in life, but we get so caught up obsessing over everything that is going wrong that we forget to simply say: Thank You. Gratitude is a great way to increase the positive thoughts running through your head. When you show gratitude for what you already have, more will come into your life.

When you show gratitude for what you already have, more will come into your life.

If you really want to experience the magic of Monday and the power of a great week, then say “thank you” every chance that you get. Every morning, write down 10 things you’re grateful for and why you are grateful for them. Try this practice before bed as well, and you’ll wake up ready to conquer your day.

After I implemented these practices into my daily routine, I experienced so much joy and began to attract all the things that I needed to find happiness. Of course, I still had to take action to make things happen, but these practices kept my energy and focus right where I needed them.

Try it this week, and watch what happens when you take control of your vibe.

Read next: Before You Make Your To-Do List, Make a To-Be List