Parents: Teach Kids the Law of Reversed Effort

My favorite prosperity book is Feel Free to Prosper by Marilyn Jenett. She has a gift for explaining how to overcome resistance within the subconscious mind. Here is an article she wrote on The Law of Reversed Effort.  Teach this to your children and they may teach it to their kids. You have given present and future generations a wonderful gift. ~Kathleen Boucher


The Law of Reversed Effort

By Marilyn Jenett

Did you know there is a law called the Law of Reversed Effort? It states that the harder you “try” to do something, the less chance you have of achieving it. Trying implies a negative, it suggests to the mind that you may not accomplish. Even Yoda in Star Wars recognized this truth when he wisely said…

Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda (George Lucas, Star Wars)

We “plant our seeds” in preparation. We want our desired result to grow and manifest just as the seed planted in the ground becomes a plant or a flower. So we first do our job and plant our seeds. We nurture the soil with positive thoughts and expectation – the water and sunshine for our mental garden. Then we turn the job over to Universal Mind – to the creative forces. We can relax and let go. Our manifestation will come.

Here is a simplistic, concrete example of how this works: Ever misplace your keys or another object? You try and try to figure out where it is, but you can’t. But the moment your attention is somewhere else and you stop thinking about it and forcing the answer, the answer suddenly pops into your mind. Well, this principle can apply in a much broader scope to your everyday life and business.

Did you ever have an important problem to solve and tried everything to find a solution, but to no avail? Then, if only from sheer exhaustion, you gave up. Suddenly the answer appeared.

We might say that in order to reap, there is a time to sow – and a time to let go.


Marilyn Jenett, from her book, Feel Free to Prosper – Two Weeks to Unexpected Income with the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available, Penguin Random House


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Marilyn Jenett, renowned prosperity mentor and accomplished entrepreneur, founded the Feel Free to Prosper® program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. For more information and her free gift, visit

Her book, Feel Free to Prosper – Two Weeks to Unexpected Income with the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available, is available from Penguin Random House at booksellers worldwide.

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