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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When you make a mistake, you quickly forget all the wins and praise lauded on you over the years. Make one measly mistake and it’s all you can think about. And, unfortunately, you may carry it with you for a lifetime. This is normal, but not healthy.

Mistakes happen, and the wise know that that’s how you learn. Stumble and fall, and get up again—it’s the cycle of human development from toddlerhood. Still, when you make mistakes, this experiential wisdom can fly out the door. Your first reaction may be, “I’m angry at myself.” This may also be the exact phrase you use in your Internet search for answers. First, know that you’re not alone. Second, there are numerous ways to cool this heated emotion and get yourself back on track.

So, sit back, take a deep breath, and consider these ten things you can do when you’re angry at yourself for your mistakes

1. Remember, You’re Human

Everyone makes mistakes, and you will, too. Once you’ve realized that you are a part of this imperfect group called humans, you’ll feel better about your journey. In fact, when you’re angry for making mistakes, consider it a rite of passage. You’ll inevitably fail at times, say things that you shouldn’t, or fall short of expectations. Not to be glib, but rather honest—this is life. It’s being human. So, whatever mistakes you’ve made before and whatever ones you will make in the future, they’ll help you grow as a professional and as a human.

2. Get Your Anger in Check

Anger is a troubling emotion because it clouds your judgment and logical decision-making process. It’s also incredibly unhealthy. Anger fuels a spike in your blood pressure, increases stress and risk of cardiovascular disease, and suppresses your immune system. Additionally, unmitigated anger can fuel dangerous outcomes including violence and addicted behaviors.


You need to learn how to manage your anger. By admitting aloud, “I’m angry at myself,” you own your state of mind. Now, check it. Don’t let it fester and grow. Remember, mistakes are manageable, but untethered anger is not. If you don’t get your anger in check, it can have a negative impact on the rest of your life.

3. Vent and Get It Off Your Chest

One way to get your anger diffused is to vent. There’s nothing more liberating than sharing how you feel with the world. But take note—venting on social media isn’t a wise idea. It can derail your personal and professional life if you go off on someone or indulge in a self-deprecating rant.

Instead, find a trusted source to vent to. This could be anyone from a friend to your pet. Just tell them, “I’m angry at myself.” Get off your chest all the bottled-up emotions weighing you down. The company of a trusted group of friends or even a support group is a great place to vent. These collectives are designed to listen to whatever is weighing you down.

You might even find the best place for you to vent is a journal. Writing down how you feel and what you’ve learned from this experience is not only a great way to vent but also gives you a place to park your thoughts and emotions for later reflection.

4. Get Up and Get Moving

Exercise and activity are great ways to exhaust the “I’m angry at myself” emotion bubbling within. Take a brisk walk or attack the weight bag or consider cleaning out the closet or garage. Occupying your mind, body, and soul with productive physical activity is the next logical step in freeing yourself from this burden.


There is nothing more liberating than working up a healthy sweat. You’ll find that physical activity will instantly diffuse your anger and that a spike of endorphins gives you clarity. Once you’ve found a healthy way to exercise your adrenaline, you’re ready to step into a logical space and examine what went wrong and how can you manage things better next time.

5. Seek Counsel From Others

When you’re angry or dealing with any heightened emotion, your judgment is clouded. It’s hard to find your way out of the forest. Seek counsel—whether it’s in the form of a friend, family member, or professional—and tell them, “I’m angry at myself,” and layout why. They’ll listen and will help you sort through your anger. They may also offer advice on what you could change moving forward or how you could get past self-berating. Their authentic positive affirmations and willingness to listen will be the best antidote for your anger.

Keep in mind, it’s not a sign of weakness to seek out professional help, especially if anger is an ongoing reaction you experience to setbacks. A counselor or clinician is trained to help you unearth the root of such emotions and help you explore why they are triggered. Moving forward, you’ll have the skills to better manage your emotions and explore alternate and more thoughtful paths when mistakes occur.

6. Tamper Down Your Inner Critic

Don’t let mistakes flair up that inner voice that says, “I’m not good enough.” While you’ll wonder if it’s true and for a moment (or two) believe your inner critic, stop yourself from heading down that victim slippery slope. Giving in to your inner critic can halt your progress. You’ll succumb to the doubt and always wonder, “if I tried again, would the same results occur?”

That kind of paralyzing fear will get you nowhere. Instead, recall the words of your counsel and your inner wisdom—mistakes will happen. So, announce aloud, “I made a mistake. I’m angry at myself.” Then park it there, shut off the engine, and walk away. The next day, get up and get back to life, and don’t let wasteful, inaccurate, and self-sabotaging inner dialogue slow you down.


7. Learn From Your Mistakes

I’d like you to go back to the idea that mistakes happen and that they happen for a reason so that you can learn what not to do. “I’m angry at myself” should be the motivator to get it right. Stop and explore where the lesson is here. What is one thing you won’t do moving forward? What else did you take away? Perhaps there are people you need to speak with to smooth things over. There may be some course corrections that you need to make to move forward in a more positive direction.

Recently, I participated in a pivotal career conversation that didn’t go well at all. “I’m angry at myself,” I thought, for speaking too much in the moment to try and make things right, where silence would have been the best alternative. I learned from this mistake. Instead of overtalking, sometimes just pausing and listening is all that is needed. Moving forward, I’ve practiced more restraint when needed and have walked away from my professional conversations with better results and more confidence.

8. Take Time for Yourself

“I’m angry at myself” is one of the better motivators to get happy with yourself again. How? Exercise, reset, relaxation, and healthy distractions are just some of your gateways into a better headspace. Too often, people believe that the best way to get over something is to jump right back into it—whatever it is—or wherever your mistake is rooted. While this does work for many, some need a little time and space to sort it all out—and that’s okay. Separating yourself from the situation for a while and taking a mental health break can do wonders to cleanse your spirit. It may also give you some greater clarity.

Right now, you may be too close to the mistake(s) to gain a clear perspective. Remember, it’s okay to step back for a while and clear your head without feeling guilty about taking time for yourself. This mental reset will put some space between you and the mistakes so that you can come back refreshed and in a better state to step up and move forward.

9. Practice Relaxation Skills

Deep breathing, yoga, and meditation can do wonders to help you relax and reduce your heightened emotions. Just like exercise, you may discover that this form of release and restoration will not only help you work through your anger but also help you clear your head and restore your confidence. This may also be the time to build your own personal relaxation practice so the next time you make a mistake, you can step into your healing and restorative practice space and quiet your mind, body, and soul.


10. Forgive Yourself

“To err is human, to forgive is divine.” We know this to be true, but don’t always practice it. Forgiveness is the true path to healing. You’ve probably have heard many stories about how this process has helped people come back from a very dark place including recovering from illness.

Forgiveness is powerful and is the only way to move forward. So, I’m going to leave you with this final challenge: how can you transition “I’m angry at myself” to “I forgive myself?”

Final Thoughts

When you find yourself stewing about all the “woulda, coulda, shouldas” that accompany the overarching thought “I’m angry at myself,” you have no more excuses to wallow in the derailing emotion of anger. Experimenting with one or all of the above strategies can help you shorten the period between making a mistake and having a moment of enlightenment. The reckoning that you’re human, you have people that believe in you, you have resources to support you, and you have a golden opportunity to learn and move forward should be all you need to make tomorrow better and your future better.

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