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Last Updated on November 27, 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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9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

Having a dream and being a dreamer are two different mindsets. Dreamers are drifters just floating through life with no real plans. One who has a dream, is a doer on the path towards achieving their goal.

Once you decide to remove your head from the clouds, tackle the obstacles that faceyou, and organize a plan of attack, you become a doer. If you are ready to put in the work, here are 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing.

1. Accept responsibility for your own actions

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

It is the most unattractive thing to hear someone constantly wine and complain about their life. Especially when they blame the world for their problems. The whole universe is probably against you, does not care about you, and will deceive you. This does not make any actions, or lack there of, on your behalf their fault. Say this statement out loud, “I am in control of my behavior and choose how to react to circumstances.” Say it everyday. Nothing is more true than that statement.

You can, and need, to start actively controlling your thoughts and emotions. Learn to control your rage when you are angry. When a negative thought slips in, push it right back out. This takes practice because we have been programmed by our environment to behave and think in certain ways. Fight to change your negativity, or you will remain a bitter and miserable person. Use your aggression in a positive way by working out, or put it into your work.

2. Give and receive love and forgiveness

“Learn how to fill your day with POSITIVITY. Think of how your ideas CAN work, not how it won’t work.” -Steve Harvey

Once you harness your inner power of controlling your thoughts and emotions, it is time to start focusing on positivity. The best way to start is by accepting others and forgiving the people who have caused you pain. Giving love and forgiveness really isn’t about giving at all. It is about you healing by letting go of negative relationships. If these people really love and care about you, they will fight for you. If you walk away and never hear from them again, you know they never cared, so why should you? Your grudges make you focus on people who do not deserve your time or attention. Anger leaves you feeling irrational, depressed, deceived, sad, regretful, and lonely. Learning to truly forgive those who hurt you will lift a thousand pounds of burden off your shoulders. You will free your mind and be able to start working on your dream.

3. Accept yourself

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Now that you are focusing on living a positive life, it is time to look in the mirror and love what you see. Physically and mentally. No one is perfect. It is time to accept that you will never be what society expects you to be. Follow your intuitions. Do not let someone else dictate your life. That only leads to a boring, predictable, miserable, and mediocre life. Do what makes you happy instead of just dreaming about it. Love yourself flaws and all.

4. Choose who you surround yourself with wisely

“We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”

This journey will end many relationships in your life. The people who are not supportive, who are negative, and who use you, need to go! At first you may feel lonely and insecure. If you focus on you instead of them, these feelings will go away. It is time to move on. It is time to let go. The ones who truly care about you, respect you, and accept you for who you really are will stay. They will support you throughout your journey. These relationships will become more valuable to you than ever before. If you have given your all to a relationship, and they do not give back, stop chasing after them the next time they leave. You will thank yourself in the long run.

5. Learn to ignore the negativity from others

“I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

Now that you are starting on your journey, you will have people who will try their best to pull you down. That’s why the steps above are necessary to complete before starting. If you have prepared yourself for the haters, you will be able to rise above. It is easier to criticize others than work on yourself. Knowing this gives you peace about where you are in life and where they are. You are obviously ahead, even if it doesn’t look like it to others. Keep moving on and let them talk.

6. Carefully layout your plans

“Failure is not the opposite of success, inaction is.” -Rois Liano

Freeing your mind from your emotional baggage gives you room to focus on your dreams. Now that you have a clear picture, it is time to take action. To be a doer, you need a game plan. Write your end goal at the top of a sheet of paper. Below, write out the steps you plan to take to get there in an organized, realistic fashion. Say your goal is to become a nurse. Your first step should probably be volunteering at your local hospital to see if you would really enjoy it. Next maybe list the schools you are interested in applying to. The third step could be to gather your necessary paperwork to apply to colleges. See what I am doing here? The sum of all the little tasks you do equals your goal. Lay it out in daily, weekly, monthly tasks that will get you closer to your dream.

7. Do SOMETHING, ANYTHING

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

Many people will get to step 6 and stop. Your plan does not come to fruition magically. You have to now take action to get yourself there. So start researching, traveling, volunteering, writing, calling, interviewing, working out, or whatever opportunity you can find to get you moving forward. You may have to take on many different hats to get you there. Start where you can, do whatever you can, this is where the physical work begins.

8. Embrace failures and detours along the way

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

We all have epic failures in life. It is time to stop viewing these failures as an end all. Failure is an inevitable part of success. Ask any highly successful person if they’ve ever failed, and they will tell you they have 100 times. Failure only means to try a different way. Start viewing failures as a positive experience. How can we learn without failing? Failures result from trying. People who avoid failures at all costs are content with a mediocre life. We are not these people. We want true happiness and inner peace. I remember going to work in a past career and absolutely dreading it. I now think about work and feel peaceful and happy. It’s still hard work, it’s just work that I am passionate about.

As you begin the journey of pursuing your dream, it may change a little, or a lot, along the way. Your passion is already programmed inside you. Uncover your God-given gift through this process and keep moving forward no matter what may come.

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9. Network and use resources to your advantage

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” -Chris Grosser

You will realize, eventually, that you need others to help you get to your goal. Whether it is in absorbing information and experience from them, or getting recognized for your talent. Look online for good informative websites, look for classes or lectures where you can learn and connect with others. Drop the pride and shamelessly promote yourself with your work and/or knowledge. Whatever you can find, whoever will help, take it seriously. Opening one door can lead to many more opportunities.

Start at step one. Do not pass go and do not collect $200. If you commit to these 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing, you are facing your fears head on and taking a leap of faith. Congratulations, your life will now truly begin. Please note this will be hard and sometimes not fun. Stay focused, but don’t forget to take time to clear your mind and relax along the way. I hope you now feel inspired to step out of your comfort zone, and risk being happy.

“Dreams are like floating down a lazy river. The path to success is like riding a roller coaster. Find the courage to get on the roller coaster, and stay on the ride until you puke.” -Margaux Daughtry

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