Beyond the Secret and What I Learned

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Article by Wendy McCance

Yesterday I took a trip up to the local library with my husband to return some videos the kids had taken out.  While we were there, we decided to do some browsing.  Usually I would end up with an armful of books, but this trip to the library was a reprieve from studying for me.  I am studying like a mad woman preparing to take the State Exam to become a realtor.  My husband found a few books and we decided to check out the video section as well while we were there.

I ended up gravitating toward the inspirational section.  I found (not joking) 5 videos that I wanted to see and had wrapped up in my arms.  Obviously, I just don’t have the time right now to watch all of those videos, but I did take 3 of them home with me.  My plan was to study until I needed a break, then pop in a video, get a little inspiration to push through and then get back to studying.

Well, I studied all day and then later in the evening, I watched, “Beyond the Secret.”  I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as good as, “The Secret” if you are familiar with that movie, but it was interesting in a different way.  In this movie, the speakers go into the concrete ways that you can take control of your life and move forward towards the path you really desire.

I had the weirdest experience while watching this video.  I suddenly remembered where I had been when I had seen, “The Secret.”  I was going through a difficult time.  I had lost my job at the truck factory because the building shut down.  The only opportunity to continue with the company was to move out of state which wasn’t a possibility for me.  I was living off of my savings and the money was running out fast.  I was trying to figure out my next step and was overwhelmed by the situation I had landed in.  I was completely unprepared for my next step in life and I was desperate for answers.

After watching the original movie, I had enrolled in school, started a little business and pushed like crazy to get back on track.  This was 3 years ago.  I aced my classes, the little business was doing fairly well and I was moving on in life.  I was relieved, but not fulfilled.  What I had chosen were the quick fixes of a person desperate to turn around her life quickly.  I have a family to feed and I didn’t have time to waste.

Well, the business became more difficult.  I was running out of money which meant that building up my inventory was getting harder to do.  I was losing my interest in pushing so hard for something that felt like a nice little hobby but not a fulfilling dream.  I struggled to find a job in my field and had to accept a receptionist position with the hope of moving up.  I have fibromyalgia and within a few months realized that sitting all day was incredibly painful for me and that I would not be able to thrive in an environment where sitting all day was a major part of the job.  I left the job miserable, lost and scared about what my future would look like.

Here I am 5 months since I left my job and closed up shop on the business.  I am in the best place in my life and going full steam ahead into what I can guarantee is a wonderful future.

When I sat down last night and watched, “Beyond the Secret,” it dawned on me that I was in such a different place than I was when I watched the first movie.  As the speakers spoke of the ways to turn your life around and what to do to get to your dream future, I sat in awe.  In my head I kept thinking, yep I did that and that’s exactly how I feel.  It was the most empowering, satisfying moment I have had in years.

I started this blog because I needed to get out all of my pent-up feelings.  What I found along the way was an intense love of writing.  I don’t feel complete until I have written a post in a day.  I know my part of my future is in writing.  I can see it as if it already exists.  I will have a few books that have been published.  I already know what they will be about.  I will have a good following on my blog and will be able to support other writers along the way with advice and opportunities to showcase themselves.

I am so excited to begin my dream of being a realtor.  I feel like I’m finally going after my dream career.  I love homes.  I love the architectural and interior design aspect.  I love the feel of the neighborhoods and the thought of helping others find their dream home.  I thrive on being of assistance to others and helping to make their wishes a reality.  I especially like the security of making the amount of money I want and never having to worry about losing a job.  As an older individual, it is empowering to know that I won’t be stuck in a dead-end job that I dislike making $10.00hr for the rest of my life.  I have the freedom to call the shots, be proud of my title and make as much money I want solely based on how hard I want to work.

So, my idea worked.  I watched the movie, felt powerful and excited to see that, yes I was in a good place and on the right track.  I was able to go back to my studying with a will to push harder so that I could get on with the fun part of my life, making the rest of my wishes and dreams come true.

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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4 thoughts on “Beyond the Secret and What I Learned

  1. Your amazing. I love it that you cam look back and see all that YOU have accomplished. You have aright to be proud of all that you have done and will do in the coming future. You rock girl. 🙂

  2. I have heard of the movie “Beyond the Secret,” but I am happy you are in a better place now and will soon relise your goal of working in real estate you know you will do a great job at it…………

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