England vs Colombia - How a negative can be a positive

How a Negative Can Be a Positive

We all experience what we perceive as negative situations in our lives.  When practising the law of attraction negative experiences are not always what we believe them to be.

When things go wrong or don’t go according to plan, we see this as negative.  As soon as we decide a situation is negative, our thinking becomes negative causing us to vibrate at a lower frequency resulting in more negative situations being experienced.

With the Law of Attraction negative experiences are often all about perception. 

Not all situations we perceive as negative actually are.  Unfortunately our minds have been programmed to perceive certain life situations as negative and when these are experienced our reactions are more often than not negative.

It is our reaction to a situation that counts.  What we think about it determines whether or not it really is negative.

The recent FIFA Football World Cup in Russia provided an excellent reminder of this to me during the England vs Colombia knock out match.  For decades England have been haunted by their penalty shootout loss to Germany in Euro 1996. Prior to this England had also lost to Germany in a penalty shootout in 1990 World Cup in Italy.  It felt like England were cursed and if winning a match came down to winning a penalty shootout, then it would be all over for the England team.

It is interesting to note that Gareth Southgate who is the current England manager was the player that failed to score.

With the history briefly explained, let me highlight the beauty of what unfolded recently.

England were playing in a knock out match in order to make it through to the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.  England scored their first goal relatively early and for the remaining match time the score was 1 – 0.  England had this.  Everyone assumed in a matter of minutes the whistle would blow and England would be through to the Quarter Finals.

Then during the 3 minutes of extra time, Colombia scored a goal and it’s 1-1.  Just like that the certainty of a win for England was gone.  Colombia had failed to score in the official 90 minutes but in the last three minutes of extra time that was added on, they scored.

Clearly for Colombia supporters this was a wonderful moment, but the lesson isn’t about that.

Let’s pretend Colombia didn’t score in those final minutes.  England would have won and everybody supporting them would have been extremely happy.  But it didn’t work out like that.  Instead England supporters felt cheated, so close and then ripped away. 

This was perceived as a negative experience.  Now the match would continue with 30 minutes of extra time.  England supporters were dumbstruck.  Nobody could believe what had just happened and when the players began the first half of the extra time play, they looked defeated.  The positive energy and momentum that had been evident before was gone.

The England players perceived what had happened as a negative situation which was obvious to all.

The second half of extra time was better.  In the break they regrouped and adjusted their attitudes.  No team scored during the last 15 minutes which meant the match would be decided in the dreaded penalty shootout.

And then the magic happened.  England won the penalty shootout!

It is almost ironic that the Gareth Southgate, infamous for missing the penalty shootout in the first video above, is now managing the England squad that won this penalty shootout.  How sweet for him!

But for me it was not just about winning the match.  The way it was won was the highlight for me.

If Colombia had not equalised before, England would just have won and would never have experienced the euphoria of actually finally winning a penalty shootout in a World Cup knockout match.

When we experience things in life that don’t quite go our way, keep the faith.  Life often unfolds in a way that we don’t understand giving us so much more than we could ever believe.

So the next time you experience what you perceive as a negative situation, accept it for what it is and allow things to unfold naturally. 

A Law of Attraction negative experience is not always what you think it is.  Stay positive and trust that all will be well!  

About the Author Holly Bennett

I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. The phrase Law of Attraction often seems to most people as an unrealistic, wishful thinking idea, not at all based in our reality. But to me, it's everything - it's lining up with the God source energy, believing God is there for you and having faith in his love for me.