The Law of Subtraction

We are keenly aware of the time-honored “Law of Attraction.”  It has deep roots, going back to biblical times with ancient wisdom; “So as you sow, so shall you reap.”  Of late there have been an entire series of books detailing the mystical powers of attraction.  The premise is simple; think positively, visualize what you desire, and it will magically come to you in endless bounty!  Authors, self-help experts, and even professional athletes have all jumped on the “attraction bandwagon!”

I too am a fan of the Law of Attraction, being a student of human nature.  I do not put stock in any cosmic forces that deliver my fondest desires “in thirty minutes or it’s free!”  My belief is that when we think positively and give flesh and blood to what we desire, we are predisposed to receiving it.  Being in a positive state of mind, we are more open to possibility and increasingly willing to take risk.  In other words, we remove the blinders of negativity and open our eyes to what might be.

The universe has a need to maintain balance.  Forces have to offset one another and equilibrium must be preserved.  That said; the majority of us live under the cruel influence of “The Law of Subtraction!”  We go out of our way to place obstacles in the way of our own happiness.  We minimize the beautiful people that we are, instead focusing on our faults.  We allow the words of others to scar us for the remainder of our lives!  We constantly ask ourselves “what else could go wrong?”  Would it not be as easy to refrain “what else could go right?”  As you can see, the Law of Subtraction holds a tight grip on us all.

We are hardwired to apply the Law of Subtraction onto every aspect of our lives.  Modern advertising does not trumpet that we are better for using their product or service.  Instead we are the lesser if we do not adopt what is being offered.  We all wish we were taller or shorter, more muscular or less heavy, smarter or more attractive.  We wish we had more money, or a nicer car, the latest smart phone, or a bigger house!  When we do not achieve these wishes, we somehow see ourselves as being lesser.  In short, we program ourselves to think negatively and as a result push away the things we desire most!

Each of us has a definition of personal success.  We spend every waking minute in the pursuit of what we think will make us better in the eyes of others.  We dwell on missed opportunity and what might have been!  We allow others to dictate our own self-image!  We begin each day with back straight, jaw firmly set. and eyes ablaze.  By the time we go to bed we are stooped over, weary, and beaten from the fight.  Negativity has once again sucker punched us!  The truly sad part is that we invited it into the ring!  We applied the Law of Subtraction, superimposed it onto our day, and made it stronger by feeding it!

Let’s join together and solve a little math problem, shall we?  If we subtract a negative number, then it is the same as adding a positive number.  So, if we subtract the Law of Subtraction from our lives, we are actually adding a positive back into our lives!

About Jerry V. Dollar, Author, Humorist, Observer of the Human Condition

When not trekking around the globe, Jerry Dollar can be found in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives with his wife Robbi. Besides an affinity for writing and travel; he is also an avid bodybuilder, a very prolific reader, and an enthusiastic observer of the human condition. Jerry has published two books which are available on: Lulu, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and IBook. "Announcing a Flight Delay" is a hilarious recap of the author's experiences as a million mile flyer. "A Dollar's Worth" is a collection of observations on the human condition, which originally appeared as blog posts. Dr. Dollar has served in various senior executive management capacities over the past 25 years. He has previously worked within the healthcare, insurance, software, and several other high technology industries. Jerry is recognized for his expertise in creating the foundations for emerging organizations to succeed in complex sales environments. He is also well known for his leadership in guiding technology companies through rapid growth phases. Jerry speaks five languages and has conducted business in over 70 countries on six continents. He holds particular expertise in the Latin American and Western European geographic areas. Dr. Dollar holds a BA in International Affairs, a BA in Spanish, an MBA in Marketing, and a PhD in Organizational Development. He has authored numerous professional articles, various training courses, and has conducted seminars and conferences around the world.
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2 Responses to The Law of Subtraction

  1. Sankar K S says:

    Jerry, the final para of your piece is simply fantastic. Hats off chief 🙂

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