Over the past few weeks a common theme in my articles has been to stress the importance of telling the Universe what you want. Simply put, the concept of “like attracts like” is the fundamental premise of the Law of Attraction.

No matter if you are looking to improve your financial status, the quality of your relationships, or better health, your first step is to focus on what you want. You will still need to work hard, manage setbacks and make adjustments, but if you are fully committed to reaching your goal(s), and your daily actions and attitude complement your commitment, you are putting yourself in the best possible position to get what you want. Sometimes setbacks occur because the Universe is asking “how badly do you really want it.” If you give up when you encounter your first obstacle, the answer is “probably not very much.”

However, if you keep moving forward with your daily actions and commitment, the Universe will respond and will reward you. To help jump start you with living this philosophy, please consider these 7 Essential Lessons to Learn How to Attract What You Want:

1.) Gratitude. Be grateful for everything, everyday, all day long.

2.) Choose Good Feelings. What you give out to the world in feelings and energy will attract back to you, so choose positive, peaceful feelings. Try to eliminate feelings of anxiety or doubt.

3.) Law of Polarity. Every thing has an equal and an opposite – similar to magnets. Remember: Like attracts like. What are you magnetic to?

4.) Attention. Whatever you place your attention and focus on, you will bring it into your life.

5.) Intention. Make specific affirmations of your intention to have whatever it is you want. Tell yourself, each day what you want. Write it down and say it out loud. Believe in yourself and believe it’s possible.

6.) Ask for what you want. Give yourself permission to ask for whatever it is you really, really want.

7.) Allow yourself to receive. This is the most difficult lesson for many people, because we live in an "it's better to give" society. However, receiving is actually giving, in reverse. Simply open up your heart and allow it to happen.

The quality and state of our lives is defined by the choices we make. We are responsible for what we have, and for what we don’t have. Make the choice today to begin asking for what you want. If your past history suggests to you that you are not deserving or capable of receiving what you want, I suggest you stop being a passive passenger of the past, and begin to reclaim your life today. The best place to start is to ask for what you want. Do it now, today.

Author's Bio: 

Alex Blackwell is the author of The Next 45 Years - a website dedicated to sharing and creating happiness, life balance and success for the rest of our lives. To read more inspirational stories and articles, please visit: http://www.thenext45years.blogspot.com