When Something Seems Too Good to be True . . .

I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage, “If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.”  And I’m sure you, like me, can recount many instances of when you fell for some scheme or ploy that turned out just that way.  At the same time, I’m sure you can count many blessings that have come into your life that, if you stopped to thing about them long enough, you would have thought were “too good to be true.”  Maybe it’s a relationship, a job, a salary, or just something that years ago, you would never have dreamed would have happened to you.  Yet, it did happen to you.

So what’s the difference?  What is the real, discernable, difference between something that is too good to be true and our most amazing blessings?  How can anything be too good to be true if we are the creators of our life experience and we can have, do, or be anything we want?  Is a subject too good to be true simply because we believe it to be so?

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve had to overcome in learning to trust my intuition is this very subject of “too good to be true.”  There are days when my life feels too good to be true.  I will sometimes catch myself thinking, “Is this really happening?”  I’m sure you’ve had those moments, also.  But how do you know the difference between a great opportunity and a scam?

Now, I’m not talking about those junk e-mails we all receive telling us our e-mail address has just been randomly selected to receive one million British pounds. (!)  I’m talking about the e-mail or phone call you get from a friend, motivational speaker, or someone whose list you’ve signed up for that you kind of trust, but the offer, “seems too good . . .”

According to Abraham, when you’re receiving information from your higher self, the inspiration will feel like the next logical step.  And in my personal experience, that is exactly what I have found to be true.  Let me give you some examples.  I’ll start with some extremes, and then go to the more subtle, explaining how I use this knowledge to my personal benefit.

Let’s say that I receive an e-mail from one of my favorite motivational speakers, Brian Tracy.  This happens every day, by the way, because I am on several of his lists.  And let’s say that this offer promises that I’ll make one million dollars by this time tomorrow if I simply purchase such-and-such product.  Do I bite?  No. Why?  I’m just not in a place yet, vibrationally, where I believe that making one million dollars overnight is possible.  It doesn’t seem logical – for me.  Now, I know other people have done it and do it.  And rest assured, I’d certainly like to do it, but my belief system is not there yet.  Why?  I don’t know – that’s another blog post!

Now, let’s say that I get another e-mail, this time from Tom Antion.  And it reads something like this:  “Debra, learn how to double your website traffic in 24 hours.”  Again, a purchase is required.  Will I bite?  Probably.  Especially if I’ve been thinking about and wondering about ways to do that.  What’s the difference?  If I’ve been thinking about how to increase my website traffic, and I get an e-mail from a trusted source, it feels like the next logical step; an “answer to prayer,” sort to speak.  Doesn’t that make sense?

These two different programs could cost exactly the same amount; I would still be more likely to purchase the second than the first.  The first simply seems too good to be true, while the second feels like the next logical step.

Here’s where it gets tricky.  Let’s say that I have been dreaming and thinking thoughts like, “Boy, I’d really like to figure out a way to make a million dollars overnight.”  Then this e-mail lands in my inbox.  What is one to do then?  Well, it all boils down to that next logical step and how I feel.  If I’m really in tune with my inner being, I will know whether or not to bite.  And sometimes, we can know that we’re being lied to, but we take the “opportunity” anyway.  That’s how a lot of us get burned, but let’s take a minute to talk about that.

If you purchase something with the thinking, “This is not going to work.  Things like this always backfire on me – it’s always too good to be true.”  Guess what will happen?  Yep – you’re going to get exactly what you expect.  But if you make the purchase thinking, “This is it!  I can feel it!  I am going to be a millionaire!”  Then you’ll probably get exactly what you expect as well.

Now here is something interesting that happened to me recently.  I decided to self-publish my motivational book, Wake Up and Create the Life You Want.  I had asked my inner being for guidance on exactly how to go about it – there are so many options out there.  About a day later I found an old NSA note about InstantPublisher.com.  I checked out the site and became so excited!  Everything was falling into place – it felt like the next logical step; the thing to do.  My only hesitancy was in their promise to ship the books in “less than 7-10 working days.”  I thought, “That doesn’t seem possible.”  It would have been nice had the books shipped in that amount of time considering I had a seminar coming up and I would have been able to offer a printed copy of my book to the participants, but the time frame was very close.

At any rate, I began the process and decided that if the books arrived in time – great – if not, I wasn’t any worse off than I’d started out.  It has now been 15 business days since I placed my order and according to their website, my books are just now “ready to bind.”

I knew going into this that the 7-10 days-promise was “too good to be true.”  However, doing business with this company also seemed like “the next logical step.”  Jerry Hicks would probably say that since we create our own reality, I’m getting exactly what I expect from this company.  I think he’s probably right.  I’m finding it more difficult to get upset with others these days now that I understand how my own feelings and vibration control so much of what happens around me.  But that’s a good thing, since getting upset with others never seemed to do any good anyway!

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from this is that life is not about either/or; life is and, and, and.  You will always want more and you can always have more, one logical step at a time.  You can have your cake and eat it, too.  How?  Eat the cake and then bake another one!  If you go through life thinking, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too – that’s too good to be true!”  You’re going to miss out on a lot of cake.  Instead, start thinking, “I know – I’ll eat this cake, and then bake another one.  Yes!  That feels like the next logical step!”

See?  Good.  I knew you would.  Now, back to that million dollars . . . .

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6 Comments so far

  1. Stephen Hopson November 21, 2007 6:22 pm


    You hit it on the nail with this one! The title of this article is probably on a lot of people’s mind, including my own.

    I’m a big believer in the LOA and the importance of getting in tune with my intuition but often wondered where I would draw the line.

    Sometimes I’ll be thinking of how to get to the next level and then I’ll receive an email or hear about something that might be related to steps that will get me to the next level. Then I’ll have doubts, wondering if I attracted that piece of information or if it’s just another one of those “too good to be true” things.

    Great article! Have a good turkey day tomorrow. :)

  2. Debra Moorhead November 22, 2007 2:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Stephen. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Connie Ragen Green November 23, 2007 12:54 am

    I am in Tom Antion’s mentor program so I am happy to hear that you would purchase from him. I was just at his retreat center in Virginia and it was just amazing. I have also heard Brian Tracy speak several times and have his CD’s. Brian is inspirational; Tom is making me rich.

  4. Debra Moorhead November 23, 2007 10:35 am


    Thanks for sharing that! I know that Tom’s programs are very hands-on and always hear good things from his students. I know that Brian’s programs are good, too. I just pulled those two off the top of my head to use in the examples.

  5. vsio November 24, 2007 11:06 pm

    I like your blog, It is useful for me. Thank you!

    V Sio

  6. Alan Eames October 4, 2010 1:14 am

    Hi Debra,

    I loved this post. You perfectly expressed the junction between “too good to be true” and “the next logical step.” And you managed to put into the mix the middle ground of “too good to be true, but too much potential benefit to perceived risk to pass it up.”

    Two thumbs up!

    All the best,

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