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Published on August 17, 2020

How to Manifest Anything You Want and Achieve Your Dreams

How to Manifest Anything You Want and Achieve Your Dreams

Manifestation is a hot topic in this ever-growing personal-development-conscious world and culture we live in. Some people see manifestation as a woo woo, hyper-spiritual practice that focuses on bringing into your life that you energetically align with. Others view manifestation as a result of hard work and extreme action. Still, many fall somewhere in between and ask, “How to manifest anything I want?”

Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, there are a few practical, actionable steps you can take in order to manifest anything you want.

Keep on reading to learn how to do that.

1. Seek Clarity

The first step in the manifestation process is seeking clarity. Whether you see it as a spiritual or actionable process, the core concept remains the same: you bring what you desire into your life.

If you’re not clear on that, then how can you expect to manifest it?

That would be like taking a road trip, hoping to end up in a specific destination, but refusing to define where it is.

It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, does it?

Well, if you’re hoping to manifest a specific outcome but don’t know what it is, how will you ever know if you’ve manifested it?

By seeking clarity, you gain direction. You take the guesswork out of wondering if you have manifested your desire and provide a clear target.

Furthermore, it allows you to eliminate distractions and focus your attention on the desired outcome.

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Your reticular activating system (RAS),[1] a part of your brain that acts as a filter, will start to hone in on the information that is relevant to your goal and discard the information that is not.

By being crystal clear on what you’d like to manifest, you’re letting your brain run in the background while you’re consciously putting in the work.

If you want to learn more about your RAS, check out this Lifehack vlog:

2. Align With Your Goal

It’s all good and well to sit down and create a list of the things you’d like to manifest. However, if you’re not aligned with the steps required to make it happen, your list essentially becomes a wishlist.

If you truly want to understand how to manifest anything you want, you have to understand alignment.

Alignment means ensuring that your morals, values, ethics, and energy are in line with your desired results.

For example, if you would like to manifest a million dollars but think that money is the root of all evil, you are not in alignment with what you’d like to manifest.

Similarly, let’s say that you want to have a better, healthier body. If you are not mentally and emotionally prepared to put in the amount of work and effort required to achieve your desired outcome, you won’t realize it.

So, in order to manifest something in your life, you have to make sure that you are in alignment with your goals first. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself disappointed, lacking the motivation, or self-sabotaging in your pursuit.

3. Believe

One of the biggest mistakes I see when people are trying to manifest something in their lives is not having a self-belief.

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Would they love to realize a dream? Absolutely! But do they actually believe that they can? Uh, no!

That’s the problem.

When you seek manifestation in life, you must believe that it is actually possible to happen.

Now, to be clear, I am not saying that you should only attempt to manifest things that you are 100% certain you can do.

Manifestation, just like goal achievement, is a process of growth. You should become a more evolved version of yourself in order to manifest what you desire.

There should be a certain level of uncomfortability that exists when deciding on what you’d like to manifest. But you can still be confident in yourself to show up and do the necessary work to see your goals occur while also feeling a bit overwhelmed by its grandness.

If you cannot believe in your abilities, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

4. Keep Vibrations High and Resistance Low

So much of the process of manifestation — and goal setting, for that matter — is about your mindset and perseverance.

Notice what I said there: “the process of manifestation.” Many people forget that manifestation is a process, and a time-consuming one at that.

In this society we live in, a lot of people fall victim to believing that things should come easily or instantly. However, because manifestation requires growth and development, it definitely doesn’t come easy or happen instantaneously.

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It can take time and effort to manifest your greatest desires, so it is essential to keep your vibrations high.[2]

Below are a few tips to guarantee the latter:

  1. Optimize your environment for the mood and emotions you want to feel;
  2. Eliminate or distance yourself from people who lower your vibration or put you in a negative state;
  3. Meditate;
  4. Exercise;
  5. Make time for activities that bring you joy and happiness; and
  6. Get plenty of sleep.

By doing some or all these things, you’ll find it so much easier to maintain a high vibration.

Moreover, resistance can either be internal or external. The tips above are crucial in getting rid of resistance that blocks you from moving forward or causes you to quit. E.g., limiting stories, physical exhaustion, negative people, etc. But regardless of where it is coming from, you need to break through the resistance in order to manifest your greatest desires.

5. Track and Celebrate

Another good way to keep your vibration high and persevere throughout the manifestation process is by tracking and celebrating your progress. [3]

Often, we get laser-focused on the result and adopt an all-or-nothing mentality when we’re pursuing a goal or attempting to manifest something in our lives.

The problem with that is the fact that you won’t know if you’re making progress and may get discouraged because of that. After all, manifestation may take some time.

Think about any racing video game, for instance. As far as I can remember, every game I ever played didn’t just put you on the track and told you to complete a certain number of laps. No, there were checkpoints along the way.

These little markers informed you of your pace, so you knew how close you were to finish the race.

It works the same way in real life. While you’re holding the belief that you will follow through and manifest your desires, you can also help yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually by setting up some checkpoints in the process.

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These checkpoints will remind you that you are still on track to manifesting what you want. And once you hit every checkpoint, make sure you celebrate!

As high achievers, we often celebrate one milestone by immediately moving on to the next. This is dangerous because you slowly turn off the dopamine response in your brain that’s signaled when you achieve your goals if you don’t celebrate.

When this happens, you fall into that vicious cycle of enough never being enough. So, try to avoid that by celebrating after hitting those checkpoints that you have established.

Bottom Line

To review, the first step in the manifestation process is being clear on what you want to manifest. This will give you peace of mind and allow your RAS to work correctly.

After gaining clarity, check in with yourself to make sure that you are actually in alignment with what you’d like to manifest. If you’re not, seeing your dreams take place in reality will feel like an uphill battle.

The next step is to having self-belief. In order to manifest something in life, you have to believe that you can do it. Be honest with yourself and ask whether you truly believe in what you are talking about.

Keep your vibration high and clear resistance, too — that’s the next step in understanding how to manifest what you want in your life. Manifestation is a process that can take time and effort. If you don’t protect your vibration and clear resistance along the way, it’ll be a tough ask of yourself.

Lastly, in order to manifest anything you want, try setting up checkpoints, tracking your progress, and then celebrating it afterward.

That is how you can manifest anything you want.

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Published on September 25, 2020

5 Powerful Self-Care Ideas for When Life Is Stressful

5 Powerful Self-Care Ideas for When Life Is Stressful

Stress doesn’t discriminate. It affects everyone, invariably in different ways. Regardless of how stress shows up in your life, I think we can all agree that it’s present. When it does show up, it takes over the show. It then becomes difficult to stay in the present moment or show gratitude for what and who we have in our life. In the eye of the stress storm, everything is tossed around into oblivion. This is probably when self-care finally comes to our mind.

How Does Stress Show Up?

On a physical scale, stress tends to be behind many of our typical ailments, such as headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, or body aches and pain.[1] When we’re in stressful situations, our body activates our fight-or-flight response. According to the American Institute of Stress, when the body is in this mode due to stress, “the body’s sympathetic nervous system is activated due to the sudden release of hormones. The sympathetic nervous system stimulates the adrenal glands, triggering the release of catecholamines, which include adrenaline and noradrenaline. This results in an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate.”[2]

Why is this important? While our fight-or-flight response is extremely helpful when we’re in situations that risk our survival, not every situation is that dire. However, the body doesn’t know how to differentiate between such scenarios. Rather, we become accustomed to seeing every stressful situation as dire, and essentially locked into this fight-or-flight response automatically. This causes us to burn out because our body is constantly fighting or fleeing from threats that are not causing us any real harm.

On a mental and emotional scale, according to the Mayo Clinic, “Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior.” Everything is interconnected. When our physical body takes a toll due to stress, this has a domino effect on how we process our thoughts and feelings. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see correlations between depression and anxiety when it comes to dealing with stress.

How to Combat Stress?

Below are five self-care ideas for combating stress in your life. Consider implementing them into your daily routine for the best results.

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1. Start a Brain Dump Writing Exercise

When you’re overwhelmed with thoughts, it can become very difficult to stay present and focused. This could affect you at work, in school, or in your relationships. It’s as if your mind were filled to the brim with thoughts that are constantly competing for your attention. If left unattended, this can affect your performance or your state of being. Stress is just brewing!

One exercise to get this under control is called a Brain Dump, and it’s exactly how it sounds. Start by getting comfortable with a pen and paper or your favorite journal. Without any special formatting or introduction, just start writing any and all thoughts that come up. Consider your paper a blank canvas onto which you’re going to spill every thought, no matter how small or unimportant. This can look like a laundry list, a jumble of words, or a paragraph. Don’t think too much of how it looks. The idea is to give your thoughts an exit. Once they’re on paper, they’re no longer swimming in your head for attention.

Once you have them written down, leave them as they are. We have a tendency to want to fix our thoughts. Instead, allow them to simply exist as they are — they’re not right or wrong. Consider coming back to this exercise daily or whenever you feel like you have a lot on your mind.

2. Sweat It Out

There is nothing more therapeutic than moving the physical body when it feels the weight of stress. Energetically, we carry our day in our body! If we’ve had a particularly difficult day, that energy is going to feel tense and unsettling. This is why it’s so important to move and really break a sweat!

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,[3]

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“Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.”

Find what exercise regimen works for you, and commit to it for a few days per week. Scientists have also found that even 10-15 minutes of aerobic exercise can have a tremendous effect on your body. Go for a run, take a spin class or a power yoga class, or dance the stress away in Zumba. Whatever gets your heart rate up and breaks a sweat is one of the perfect self-care ideas to keep the stress away.

3. Seek the Care of a Therapist

Sometimes writing out our thoughts and feelings doesn’t seem quite enough. This is common and to be expected. After all, we are complex human beings who want to understand and process our emotions on a deeper level. This is why having a regular therapy session is so beneficial!

In the presence of a professional, we can open up about what stressful situations we’re going through. We don’t have to keep our emotions bottled up, and we know that our honesty will be protected and safeguarded.

Additionally, when we’re feeling stressed, we often want to simply vent and get things off of our chest. Having someone on the receiving end who will simply listen and hold space is a truly healing gift. We can often leave the session feeling more empowered, seen, and offloaded of the stress we brought in.

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Lastly, we may be able to receive guidance from our therapist on a particular situation we’re struggling with. Having someone else’s perspective on something we’re too emotionally close to can be just the right solution.

Here are more self-care ideas from a therapist: Self Care Tips During Difficult Times (A Therapist’s Advice).

4. Interrupt Your Day

This may seem like a derailing technique, but give it a shot! Interrupting your day means introducing something entirely new or random into a routine that is very monotonous or typical.

If your work or school day is the same sequence of events every single day, bringing in an interruption can be quite conducive to your productivity and creativity. This can look like pausing in the middle of the day for a yoga stretch at your desk or in your office. It could be playing your favorite playlist in-between meetings or taking a walk outside for lunch. Not only does this stir up new energy for your day, but it can also de-stress your day.

As I said in the earlier tip, when we’re too close to a situation or conflict, we have a harder time breaking away. We’re so emotionally and mentally invested that we don’t see how that proximity is affecting our health. So, interrupt yourself when you’re feeling stress coming on, and do something fun, random, and refreshing.

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5. Get Some Energy Work Done

Energy work is anything that is being done to improve the circulation and energetic flow of the body. This could be a massage, Reiki session, chiropractic adjustment, or acupuncture. As I said in a previous tip, moving the body helps move the energy that is blocked or stuck. This is why exercise is so important. However, sometimes we need a session where that work is done for us by a licensed professional. In such treatments, we have the luxury to relax and receive the benefits of the treatment. It’s a beautiful way to self-care!

Final Thoughts

Stress is unfortunately a common part of our life. It affects everyone, but to what extent it affects you is personal. One thing is for sure, and that is that stress has a tremendous effect on our physical, mental, and emotional state. This is why regular exercise is so important, as well as mental stimulation and emotional release. These self-care ideas won’t necessarily guard you from ever feeling stressed, but they will help you manage it better.

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Reference

[1] Mayo Clinic: Stress Management
[2] The American Institute of Stress: How the Fight or Flight Response Works
[3] Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Physical Activity Reduces Stress

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