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.
Your reticular activating system (RAS), 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.
One of the biggest mistakes I see when people are trying to manifest something in their lives is not having a self-belief.
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.
It can take time and effort to manifest your greatest desires, so it is essential to keep your vibrations high.
Below are a few tips to guarantee the latter:
- Optimize your environment for the mood and emotions you want to feel;
- Eliminate or distance yourself from people who lower your vibration or put you in a negative state;
- Make time for activities that bring you joy and happiness; and
- 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. 
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.
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.
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.
More on Manifesting and Achieving Your Dreams
- 10 Principles for Success to Live Your Dream Life
- 7 Ground Rules of Setting Goals (And Reaching Them)
- Not Making Progress? 3 Ways to Get Moving Again
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