The Secret has gotten a lot of flak from people like Dave Chappelle and Barbara Ehrenreich because of its seemingly magical unrealistic "secret" to getting what you want out of life. Despite its dramatic cheesiness, it does hold a lot of truth. Really, it's more of an introduction to a complex idea. The "Law of Attraction", as I've experienced, is not very magical in terms of getting results, but it taught me the definition of "profound."
"The Secret" is the law of attraction: everything you think, do, and say determines what you "are", and you attract what you "are" into your life. You can't fake it, you have to truly become engrossed in a different attitude or perspective. I'd say that the source of what you "are" is your perspective, where your interpretations of the world stems, and it's the first thing you have to change. When you're feeling upset, but someone says something to give you a new perspective on the situation. If you really want to feel better, you'll change your perspective to look at the situation positively, right? Negative people say that shitty things happen, and that's why they have shitty feelings. But really, you choose your reaction--to everything. It is your fault if the whole day was ruined by a bad event, but it's also your fault if you had the best day ever. Happy people are happy because they are grateful for whatever comes their way. That's the difference.
Let's say you want to be a rock-star and play in front of a million people. If people tell you that you suck and you'll never be famous, and you believe them, then obviously it's never going to happen. You can never win the lottery if you never play, even though your chances of actually winning are very tiny, close to 0, but it's still a possibility. This is why a positive attitude is necessary. It's also not going to happen overnight ("Rome wasn't built in a day"), so you must be realistic. Like if you want to be super fit and healthy, you have to eat well and exercise. Putting all your faith into a tiny possibility isn't usually a good idea. But there is a point where "realistic" becomes limiting, almost negative, and you don't ever want to limit yourself. Your goals are the limit, so naturally if you have small goals, you'll get small results.
Everything at its core is made of energy, everything we see is perceived by our mind, and perception is reality, so attitude literally affects your reality. The world is made up of "spiders" of varying sizes--the smallest spiders have tiny webs, catch tiny bugs, give and take on the lowest level. The biggest spiders can see the bigger picture, they're fewer in number, have massive webs, and give and take on a much grander level.
I don't believe that everything happens for a predetermined reason. I think that everything is determined by chance, but things happen in response to something, even if it was a seed that was planted many years ago without our awareness. Every action has a reaction. And there is always something to be learned from every situation.
Now for inspirational quotes to further my point! :)
"Truly abundant is the one who remains satisfied with life. Gratitude is their tool."
"The secret to happiness in life: Be in the moment. Really in the moment. Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Right now. Wherever you are: Savor it."
“In my mind, I'm always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I've already lost.”
"A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future."
"A successful person can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. "