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Last Updated on August 20, 2020

5 Ways to Manifest Anything You Want in Your Life

5 Ways to Manifest Anything You Want in Your Life

It may seem like it’s hard to make something big happen for you, but it isn’t as complicated as you may think. All you have to do is get your mind in the right place and you can learn how to manifest anything.

Maybe you’ve been working toward that big promotion for years, or you’ve been trying to figure how to ask out a special someone, or maybe you just really want enough money to buy a new sofa for your house. Whatever it is, big or small, you can manifest it if you check your thoughts and work toward your goals and heart desires.

Before we start talking about how to manifest anything you want, we need to know what it actually means to manifest something. Let’s start there.

What Does It Mean to Manifest Something?

The process of manifesting refers to bringing something into your physical reality through your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs[1]. Now, that definition only goes so far because if making something appear were as easy as thinking about it, we would all be living lives of luxury.

Thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are supposed to be the groundwork that get you started on your goals in this case. When you begin to bring to mind what you really want, it helps you focus on the ways to get there. Eventually, that thing will become reality for you. This is how manifesting works!

Here are some steps to help you as you learn how to manifest anything you desire in life.

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1. Ask Yourself What You Really Want

What is your goal? Is it to spend more time with your family? Is it to make more money? Is it to have more power or influence? Think about what parts of your life are bringing you fulfillment. What’s giving you a reason for being?

Don’t concern yourself with what’s the easiest here. The best kind of happiness isn’t effortless; it requires real work. Just figure out what makes you feel proud of yourself at the end of the day. When you find what that goal is, pinpoint it and then make it your mission to reach it.

If you’re not sure what you want out of life, it may be time to write down a list of your values. This can help point you toward what you care about and the kind of life you want to live.

2. Visualize

Once you have an idea of the things you want to manifest in your life, it’s time to start visualizing it[2]. Picture yourself where you want to be. It looks good, doesn’t it? Keep that picture in mind as you make steps towards your ultimate goal.

Keep in mind that as you’re moving forward, that visualization might alter somewhat. Sometimes your goals shift, and sometimes they even change completely. Don’t be afraid to go with the flow if you identify a better path for yourself, but you should always have some kind of image in your head of where you ultimately want to end up.

It can even literally be a picture. You might be more motivated if you have a photo or drawing of yourself achieving your end goal. You can look at that everyday in your office or home or study and think about how sweet the actual moment will be.

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If you’re not sure how to start the process of visualization, check out this article: 13 Visualization Techniques to Help You Reach Your Goals. 

Meditation can be particularly helpful for visualization as it creates space in your mind for the images that will help you manifest anything. You can also try vision boards if you like to be able to see your goals on a daily basis.

3. Take Action

Once you have a clear image in your head of what you want and where you’re going, it’s time to start working toward it. This may require admitting to yourself that you’re not waiting for the right moment, you’re just stalling.

The longer you think about taking on a big task without committing to it, the scarier it becomes to get the project off the ground. Even if you don’t know what the best first step is, you need to hurry up and get on that ladder! It might be a shaky climb at first, but you’ll eventually get to the top if you persevere and just keep moving.

Do your best not to look at it as one big step or project. Break it down into smaller tasks that feel manageable. For example, if you want to get a new job in an area very different from where you are now, the steps may look like this:

  1. Go back to school for a new degree or certificate OR complete free online courses to develop skills
  2. Create an impressive, polished resume
  3. Look for job openings in the area of interest
  4. Apply to as many jobs as possible
  5. Interview
  6. Accept the job offer that best aligns with your goals and values

4. Cultivate Gratitude

Recognize what you have and try to cultivate a sense of gratitude around it. Express your gratitude by not taking the gifts you have been given for granted. If you’re reading this, you probably have opportunities available to you that billions of people don’t, so make the most out of them.

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Mementos like your wedding ring or your smartphone or even your pair of shoes should be a constant reminder that you should be doing more to make the best out of your life. Not everyone has a chance to learn how to manifest anything like you do. Remember that, and pursue your dreams in full force.

Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, one of the most popular books on the law of attraction[3], discusses gratitude quite a bit. She says:

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”

Feeling grateful for things you have will naturally bring you more things you want[4]. Sometimes striving isn’t the best option; sometimes it’s better to simply stop and feel amazed at how much your life has already offered you.

If gratitude doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry! Many people have trouble with this as we’re living in a fast-paced world that values constant movement as opposed to taking a breath and just feeling grateful for what we have. You can try starting a gratitude journal to shift your thoughts naturally toward gratitude.

5. Stop the Limiting Beliefs

Don’t let your doubt fester; treat it like germs and wash your hands of it. Remind yourself constantly that your limitations are minimal compared to all that you can accomplish. You can do and achieve so much if you have the dedication to actually do it.

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Don’t overthink things; just go full steam ahead. Even failures will offer you incredibly useful life lessons that you can carry forward as you learn how to manifest anything you want and get back on track towards your goals.

You learn from the failures, you grow, you try again, and again, and eventually you succeed. The only losers are quitters. Don’t be one of them.

If you do fail, take a moment to make sure that what you’re working toward is what you really want. If it is, give it another go. And another, if that’s what it takes.

The only person who can stop you from achieving your goals is you. So get out of your own way!

Final Thoughts

When you’re learning how to manifest anything in your life, it’s important to start with the positive emotions and thoughts that will put your head in the right place to begin your journey. Once that’s done, you can start the physical work of going after your goals through planned steps. If you find that your motivation fades in the middle, go back to those thoughts and feelings to check in with where you are and what you’re working toward.

As long as you start manifesting your dream, you’re already further along than most people. Identify what you want and manifest anything in your life.

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Featured photo credit: Rachel Dsouza via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] The Law of Attraction: Manifestation Guide: How To Manifest Anything You Want In 24hrs
[2] Harvard Business Review: Visualizations That Really Work
[3] Rhonda Byrne: The Secret
[4] The Journal of Positive Psychology: Gratitude and health: An updated review

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

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