I agree with you. However, I do believe that if you put out a vibration that matches what it is that you desire, eventually it will come to you. I have put this practice into action! If you do not keep the vibration, or switch from "already having" to "lacking" of that paticular desire, then it will not work. Keeping positive is a form of doing.
If you just sit around and expect something to come from nothing, then it will not happen.
The biggest killer against the secret is "doubt." The mental blocks we all develop that keeps us from manifesting our desires. Scripture holds true to the secret as well. "You can have anything you desire, if you so believe." But most "want" yet lack belief they can obtain. We live in a society of "want, want, want", but lack knowledge of how to obtain beyond that. Many live paycheck to paycheck, and are trained that if they desire, they must have adequate funds in the bank to make the purchase. What we are not taught is 1. How to allow and not want. 2. How our emotions affect the outcome of what we desire to manifest. As is any magic "The Secret (intent) is the underlying foundation for witch craft) emotions determine the outcome. If someone is seeking a "love spell" to manifest their true love, but they are full of darkness from past relationships, the outcome will manifest the darkness, and not what they desire.
The "EFT" (emotional freedom technique) has been known to be helpful in clearing up negative energies, so someone can obtain vibrational alignment with what they desire. But you are right.... you cannot win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket.
The Secrete is only HALF of the law. YOU are the other half. What I mean is that when you wish for something the universe can only work WITH you, not FOR you. It is up to YOU to work for it yourself. The universe will help along the way.
I certainly felt like they only put emphasis on thinking good thoughts and everything you've ever wanted will happen. Specifically, they didn't talk about doing hard work. They implied that siting around while thinking good thoughts will make your desires come to you... Nothing happens for anyone without hard work...