Published on December 15, 2020

7 Ways To Manifest Positivity To Actualize Desired Outcomes

7 Ways To Manifest Positivity To Actualize Desired Outcomes

In the Greek view of craftsmanship, what separates the skilled artisan from the craftsman was the craftsman’s ability to articulate the goal of the work to be done versus simply demonstrating a mechanical ability to perform a particular task.

The Greek word for this is technê—the root word of the term “technique.” To help actualize your desired outcomes, you’ll have to learn how to manifest positivity.

According to the Greek philosopher Plato, a craft is defined by its goal, which requires knowing the intended result. Fully developed, “knowing” how to accomplish a goal based on understanding the goal before acting was then articulated in an account by the craftsperson. The account was used to inform and guide skillful practice—to achieve the desired outcome of the project.[1]

Technê is distinguished not only by the craftsman’s ability to give an account of the desired outcome of the result envisioned, but it is also distinguished by the end goal to benefit the welfare of its object. In this case, you are the end object—the recipient of your skillful actions upon yourself.

Your personal welfare is the result you must envision before you apply processes, tools, and techniques to make a change in your life—that is, to understand what is to be done before you plunge headfirst into doing it. Your improved condition, gained through the application of skillful technê in your actions, is the benefit you receive.

If you ask people, “what are your desired outcome?” regarding anything they would like to improve in their life, they will likely answer you with a description of an “end-state” they consider to be a positive change from their current or present state. But for you to achieve this “end-state,” manifesting positivity is key.


For example:

  • To be financially wealthier (than I am right now)
  • To be physically stronger, bigger, or slenderer (than right now)
  • To feel happier (less stressed) or mentally (emotionally) better (than now)

As you can see, it does not take much for most people to describe an alternative “end-state” they would like to inhabit. However, understanding the goal or the “why” (the reason) for this desired change and being able to clearly describe it—as in the Greek (and others) view—marks the difference between those who are recognized as craftsmen and craftswomen versus those who perform tasks mechanically—without understanding the desired outcome to be achieved.

Considering what we have just described, below are 7 techniques used by trained master craftspeople around the world for Imagineering the creation of a “masterwork”—also known as a masterpiece.

1. Recall a Moment of Achievement

We have all had moments of achievement—a time when a sensation of power, strength, and positive energy flowed through us. Craftspeople in many trades have been trained to use a thinking tool we call Imagineering to re-ignite the release of this positive energy on demand.

The goal is to reset their mental and emotional state to a place of strength they recognize from experience. We call this “getting in the zone.” There are many techniques to do this. If you have ever been in the “zone,” you know what I am speaking about. Changing your state as we describe here, is a learned skill that is acquired by study, observation, and practice until it becomes second nature.

2. Envision the End State

Trained craftspeople in any profession, vocation, or occupation learn techniques of how to hold an image in focus in their mind long enough to create a replica of what they see. Whether in a drawing, a paragraph on paper, a voice recording, etc., it is a model—a map of the desired result. Positive energy development is the result of this exercise. Therefore, to manifest positivity is to envision the end state.


Positive energy is easily recognized by the sensations it triggers, mental clarity, and a change in breathing rhythm and heart rate—a feeling of excitement often resulting in a smile and a sense of happiness or well-being. Think about a moment when you see clearly the end goal to be achieved, followed by a feeling of confidence, and understanding. You are experiencing positive energy.

3. Use a Recipe

Some people are intuitive cooks. They grab whatever they find in the refrigerator, mix, and match the ingredients at the stove, and voila! See what comes out. Some people are quite good at it. But not in every situation. A recipe is a guide for ensuring you will have predictable results most of the time.

In time, this expectation of a positive outcome builds positive mental energy and confidence in the accuracy of your predictions. Once you gain confidence by relying on solid recipes, go inside yourself and create new, original recipes. Then, follow them.

Recipes have a beginning, middle, and end. They have defined borders. They have defined parts. They can be assembled and disassembled to understand their connections. Recipes help you understand the world. Using a recipe allows you to manifest positivity.

4. Clear Your Workbench

In ancient workshops—and even to this day—if your workbench were cluttered and in disarray, you would hear about it from the workshop master. Have only one work project on your workbench at a time and focus on that work alone. Focus results in clarity of mind. Clarity of mind creates positive power. If you are working on two projects simultaneously, have two workbenches.

This fundamental management principle of The Way of Craftsmanship is alive and well in many places in the business world. A cluttered and untidy workplace can lead to low productivity, worker dissatisfaction, and re-occurring accidents. They follow systems like LEAN 5s to reinforce this.


However, in their personal lives, people seem to abandon this idea quickly or do not have the same support as they have at work in maintaining a professionally managed workbench. Doing this in your personal life will have a big impact on maintaining your positive thought.

5. Know Your Skills

By this stage in the process, you have before you the desired outcome and have articulated the reason—the goal of the desired end-state you envision. Now, you must acknowledge whether you currently possess the skills required to complete the work you have set yourself to accomplish.

This honest assessment differentiates the skilled craftsperson from those who believe they can achieve anything simply by cultivating a positive mental attitude. Most people fail with this approach, abandoning project after project. However, those who achieve their desired outcome through the application of learned skills are rewarded with the prize of a positive mental attitude as the result of the skillful execution of their work. These are the people who can manifest positivity in their craft.

6. Manage Your Tools

If you have ever tried to do something with your bare hands and wished you had not, then you will understand the importance of this guideline. Tools can be tangible objects that you will use when working on a particular project, whether it is a hammer or an app on your mobile device. A tool can also be intangible such as a repetitive mental exercise—a “mind-tool” used to sharpen your ability to focus.

As you ready yourself to begin your work on any project, be sure you know which tools to use and that you have trained (i.e., practiced) using them on your workbench before you apply them to yourself.

Remember, your welfare is the result you must envision before you apply processes, tools, and techniques to change your life.


7. Pace Yourself

Pacing does not mean going slow. It means deliberate control of your speed and energy output. When you release your energy in a measured manner, you are more likely to complete the desired outcome and manifest positivity. If you get trapped into thinking ‘fast’ means ‘good’, then you greatly increase the chance of sloppy work, disappointment, and abandoning your project prematurely—never having achieved the desired outcome.

You Are the Craftsperson of Your Life

Your life is in your hands. Will you release control to chance encounters with fate and the forces of life to randomly bend and shape it? Or will you follow your intuition, piecing things together and hoping they stick? Or will you become the skilled craftsperson of your life, shaping it with deliberate care—through the application of learned skills, improved over time—and make a masterpiece of your life?

It is a choice for you to make, and it is a recipe for you to follow. If you want to reach your desired goals, you have to manifest positivity first.

“Neither talent without instruction, nor instruction without talent can produce the perfect craftsman.” —Vitruvius, Architect and Engineer

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[1] Charles Collins: The Way of Craftsmanship

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If you are like most people, you probably have big goals and dreams that you would like to succeed in — you want to be the top in your career, live a healthy lifestyle, or flourish in your relationships.

Everyone dreams of a positive future, but most people don’t realize the secret to a truly successful life:

You determine your future in the way you spend your everyday moments. If you want to be a successful person, you must consistently develop good daily habits. As Aristotle pointed out:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.

Building positive daily habits is a huge challenge, but can you imagine the amazing things you could accomplish with just a little commitment and determination?

Creating lasting, healthy habits is the real key difference between people who are successful in life and those who are unsuccessful.

You might be wondering which specific habits make the biggest difference. Not to worry, I’ve compiled a comparison list to help you get a jump start on a successful future.

1. Successful people embrace change. Unsuccessful people fear change.

Change is a constant for all of humanity, and it is important that you develop a positive relationship with it.

When unexpected or unwelcome changes arise, ask yourself how you can embrace it instead of running away. A few practical ways to reverse a change-fearing mindset include:

  • Take a moment to recognize and address any fears associated with the upcoming change.
  • Communicate with a person you trust about your negative feelings toward change.
  • Practice positive thinking, which you can read about in the next section.

2. Successful people exude joy. Unsuccessful people think, say and do negative things.

A joyful, positive disposition can seem like a distant reality in today’s cynical world, but it may be easier to achieve than you think. All you have to do is notice the good things around you and practice being thankful.


Mindfulness and gratitude are not just buzz words – choosing a positive attitude can honestly change your life. Many studies have found that thankfulness leads to greater happiness. Furthermore, research indicates that gratitude may even have a lasting positive impact on the brain and overall mental health.[1]

3. Successful people forgive others. Unsuccessful people hold grudges.

As a human being, you have likely been offended or hurt by others plenty of times. Don’t give in to the temptation to hold a grudge. Let it go.

Note that forgiving someone does not equate to giving up your boundaries (which are very important) or even admitting that the offending party is right. You should choose to let go for your own peace of mind.

4. Successful people track progress. Unsuccessful people just criticize.

Some kinds of criticism, such as constructive criticism, are good for personal and professional development. The kind of criticism I’m talking about is the pessimistic, nagging, unhelpful variety. This is the kind of criticism in play when you are unfairly harsh to yourself or others.

Toss unfounded criticisms aside and consider tracking your “wins” or your progresses, no matter how small. Take mental notes or keep a progress journal.

If you have a solid sense of what you have achieved, you will be less tempted to be hard on yourself.

5. Successful people share information, data and ideas. Unsuccessful people hoard.

If you have useful information or generate brilliant ideas on the regular, your first instinct may be to keep it all to yourself for personal gain and solo recognition.

Instead of hoarding bright ideas, share them with your team. Your talents will be on display for the team, and the team will be able to support you and make your ideas a reality.

6. Successful people are humble. Unsuccessful people talk more than they listen.

Humility is key. The ability to listen to other people, really listen and understand, is essential to success in both work and relationships — and to listen you have to be humble.

Everyone has experienced the frustration of being in a one-sided conversation. When someone approaches you with a question or concern, put your own world aside for just a moment and give them the kindness of your full attention.


7. Successful people take risks. Unsuccessful people take the easy way out.

The next time your heart is racing and you want to walk away, consider embracing the risk. You never know what might happen if you take a chance.

Embracing risks looks like accepting the speaking engagement even though it seems a little scary. Success takes the courageous route, not the easy route.

8. Successful people learn, improve and read every day. Unsuccessful people stop learning.

Instead of binge-watching a show tonight, save an hour before bed to read a book and expand your mind.

Unsuccessful people are afraid to be flexible – they don’t challenge themselves to learn new things. Avoid this pitfall by exposing yourself to new thoughts and ideas every day.

9. Successful people handle problems well. Unsuccessful people act before they think.

The next time you run into a problem or even an emergency, try to work through your initial panic reaction with a few deep breaths.

Instead of acting rashly, think through your next actions as quickly but as logically as you can.

Learning to handle problems thoughtfully is an absolutely essential tool in the successful person’s toolbox (that’s you!).

10. Successful people accept responsibility for their failures. Unsuccessful people blame others.

Along with a previous tip about humility, this is one of the hardest things you’ll ever learn to do – but also the most rewarding. When you’ve failed, you must fight the urge to pass the blame. Successful people are able to fail honestly and gracefully.

And, hey, don’t feel bad about failing. Some of the most successful people in the world have failed too many times to count. It’s all a part of the process.

You can check out this article for more tips on how to fail well:


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11. Successful people work with passion and commitment. Unsuccessful people have a sense of entitlement.

A short and sweet lesson for you:

You should never expect to achieve the things you want without working hard.

Follow your passion and stay committed to pursuing it. Work hard and stick to your habits every day. You’ll earn your reward.

12. Successful people spend time with the right people. Unsuccessful people think they already know it all.

A lot of people miss out on useful relationships and information sharing because they think they can do it all alone.

Spend time with people who inspire you, spur you to be a better person, and remind you that you can’t go it alone.

13. Successful people make to-do lists and maintain proper life balance. Unsuccessful people waste their time.

Ah, time management. Unsuccessful people never master the art of organization and planning.

Here are a few tips for you when it comes to time management:

  • Make to-do lists. Seriously, this will help you. Make time to do it every morning, evening, or whenever you are able.
  • Keep track of your time. Are you happy with the way you are currently balancing things? What changes can you make?
  • Keep a calendar full of your long-term goals (see next tip).

14. Successful people write down goals and think long term about their burning desires. Unsuccessful people get distracted every day.

Why is it so important to keep a long-term goal calendar? Here’s the deal:

The things you are passionate about today need a backbone.


Give your passionate ideas sustainability by writing down goals and staying on task instead of succumbing to distraction.

15. Successful people compliment others. Unsuccessful people try to bring others down to their level.

There is no greater confidence than saying “no” to sudden jealous or envious feelings and choosing to sincerely admire someone’s talents instead.

Unsuccessful people live in a world driven by competition, but successful people know that building people up is far more rewarding than bringing them down.

16. Successful people want others to succeed. Unsuccessful people secretly hope they fail.

In the same vein as the point above, this tip is all about good intentions.

Care for the people around you. Encourage them toward their successes. Hoping that others fail will not help you at all.

17. Successful people know their purpose and mission. Unsuccessful people don’t know what they want to be.

The last thing that differentiates successful people from unsuccessful people is one of the most important:

Keep your mission in mind.

Don’t be swayed to and fro by passing emotions and events. Know who you are and pursue your dreams wholeheartedly.

Final thoughts

Above all, stay confident. Truly believe that you can be and are successful. Strive to prove it in your day-to-day habits and activities!

What are you waiting for? Choose one of the habits above and get started today.


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[1] Berkeley University of California: How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

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