Our Thoughts Create Our Lives – Go Beyond the Secret

cori burchell


My mom was doing some de-cluttering and gave me a DVD of ‘The Secret’ last weekend. Do you remember the flurry of excitement when that movie came out? I had friends from all over the world calling me and telling me I had to watch this amazing movie. The startling discovery … our thoughts create our lives!

The Secret was a great start … but it wasn’t enough for most people to make lasting changes. It didn’t really explain how our thoughts create our lives and it certainly left out the action part!

I talk a lot about the power of our “thoughts” on my platforms …  Instagram and Facebook especially, and if you’ve been a reader of this blog for awhile, you know that’s one of my favorite topics.

(BTW – you are following me on Instagram aren’t you?  Lots of positivity, support and encouragement on my page and I’d love to connect with you there!)  https://www.instagram.com/cori-burchell-coaching


Many people talk about the Law of Attraction and that our thoughts create our reality. It’s all true and wise words, but sometimes we need a bit more than that.

We need some “technical skills” to be able to manage those skills … real tools that can help to manage our brains and our minds.

Let me introduce you to “The Model” … it’s one of those rare coaching tools, that once you fully understand it, is guaranteed to turn your life around permanently. It will help you make sense of all the wise words and ‘Secret’ movies … and actually transform your life.


I didn’t invent The Model … it was created by my mentor Brooke Castillo, who is the founder of the Life Coach School.

The Model is a daily tool that Brooke created to be able to implement all the teachings from our most forward thinkers and spiritual influencers … people like Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle and Abraham. 

And Brooke would say she didn’t “invent” it either … it’s just a systematic way to be able to utilize all the wisdom from these teachers…everything combined into one elegant system. 



The way the model works is to realize that all circumstances are NEUTRAL. Our thoughts about our circumstances cause our feelings. Our feelings generate our actions. And our actions determine our results. How we think about something will determine our results about that thing.

Let’s start the discussion and go through the 5 steps of the model … today I’m going to talk a bit about CIRCUMSTANCES.

As I mentioned … circumstances are always neutral. They are the things in life outside of our control … including other people, our past, and the weather. We can’t control these things and sometimes we forget that. Inevitably this leads to frustration as we expend our energy trying to control other people or change our past…which is impossible. The good news is that while we can’t control our circumstances, we can control everything else, including how we choose to think about our circumstances, and how we feel and behave.

As an example, if we were talking about money (that other favorite topic of mine) the amount of money would be a circumstance … it would be a fact.


$100,000 salary 
$2000 debt 
$5000 investment

Those are all factual circumstances … and everything else would be our thoughts about those figures, how we feel about that money, the actions we take with that money, and our results.

If we use the $100K Salary as an example, putting money into the model would look like this:

C:  $100K Salary
T:  (our thoughts about $100k)
F:  (our feelings that come from our thoughts about $100K)
A:  (our actions that are driven from our feelings)
R:  (our results)

Take a minute and write our your own model … how would you complete the example above?  (feel free to send me your Model if you have any questions or need some help)

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing more about the Model and how you can use it in your life to coach yourself on any problem or situation! 

I guarantee you it’s life changing once you realize that you have all the power in your thoughts.

Talk to you next week! 

P.S.   Introducing the Money, Mindset and Manifesting mini-course. This is my 90 day program to learn how to gently shift your mind. Go from stuck in your old negative beliefs to creating and manifesting the life you truly desire. For a limited time, this program is only $27.00 USD. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW


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Hi, I'm Cori.
Your New Life & Business Coach.

I'm a former Cosmetics corporate executive, turned freelance Costume Designer ... turned Life and Business Coach. I coach women who are ready to get untrapped by their 6-figure salary and follow their dreams to an online business that creates wealth, recognition and impact. My clients are creating a legacy for their daughters, nieces & girls all over the world.

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