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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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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 Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

How to Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

I’m going to tell you the secrets on how to start taking action on your dreams. When you decide to turn thoughts into action, there are specific, actionable steps you can take to move forward.

The first thing I want you to do is think back to when you were a child. Our childhood selves hold many of the secrets to realizing our real life dreams. Think about what you loved to do most and how you told yourself it was possible without worrying about what might get in the way. I’d like you to reconnect to your imagination and playfulness.

By taking the following steps, you’ll do some playing and storytelling to reveal your dreams and start making them come true.

1. Tell Your Story

Your life story is unique and has brought you here today. The next chapter of your life is in your power to write and to realize by taking action. Not everything that happens to you is in your control[1], but the actions you take and how you choose to feel about what happens are in your control.

Finding out what our future lives and dream lives might look like can be done effectively through the eyes of our childhood selves.

Can you remember what you loved to do most as a child? Maybe you enjoyed collecting things like me–I always had a collection of pebbles in a carrier bag that smelled of seawater nestled under my bed. Perhaps you loved taking care of your pets: I had a dog, a tortoise, and many guinea pigs. Or maybe you were really great at making stuff.

You can use the instincts, passions, and skills you had as a child to fuel your progress toward your adult dreams.

I’m inviting you to really think about what you wanted to be when you grew up[2] and the memorable activities you enjoyed as a child, the ones that gave you a real sense of freedom and excitement, or the pursuits that you truly lost yourself in.

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What we call getting into our flow state[3] as an adult is what came naturally to us as children. So, go back there now and think about how that felt. It may clue you in to what still remains true and important to you today.

2. Define Your Dream

The first secret when you want to start taking action on your dreams is to know what they are. This sounds obvious, but so many people only have a loose definition, such as: “more free time,” or “more money.” Busy people know there is something else to life apart from slaving away for a job, or a boss they don’t like, but if you’re too busy to even know what your dream looks like, how can you make it come true?

Once again, I’d invite you to connect to the optimism and playfulness of your childhood self. Go back to thinking about what your dreams involved at age seven or eight. Some of those may still be what you want today.

Now, write down what it is that you want and when you want to achieve it. Note down how you’ll know when you’ve got there and made this dream come true. How will you measure your success? Be as specific about your goals as you can.

A study at the Dominican University in California[4] proved that writing down your goals, accountability, and commitment are three key ingredients to successfully achieving our goals and learning how to take action.

This step also involves building motivation for the steps to come. If you need help in that area, check out Lifehack’s free Ultimate Worksheet for an Instant Motivation Boost.

3. Picture Your Dream Coming True

Think about exactly how it will feel when you start taking action and ultimately achieve your dream, the sense of freedom and excitement. Imagine it in as much detail as you can with all five senses. If you’re finding it hard to imagine a different life, imagine a childhood memory with all its sensations.

As a little girl, I loved to ice-skate, making huge swirly patterns across clean expanses of beautiful glistening ice. The feeling of freedom, of trust in myself to balance, of speed. It felt very immersive, the coldness and my breath turning into little clouds in front of my face.

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Imagine a childhood memory like this, and then imagine the future you want, with as much detail and attention paid to how it looks, feels, tastes, smells, and sounds.

Draw, paint, speak, or write your future story.

If you loved to create pictures like I did as a child, or write stories, or play on the computer, use your natural creative skills and what you love doing to map out your exciting future. You could create a picture, vision board, written story, or audio file.

Then, let’s put that future story somewhere you can easily access it. Make sure that you include a timescale for when you want to achieve this dream by, how you will measure your success, and what you need to get there. If possible, start breaking your dream down into small, manageable steps.

4. What Part Do You Play?

You can’t control everything, so you need to be realistic about your role in taking action and making your future dreams come true. Think about where you need help. During childhood, we were not afraid to ask for help from a parent, friend, or sibling to realize our dreams and plans.

Whatever we needed, our eager and enthusiastic childhood selves would reach out for support. We’d be resourceful with whatever we had to make our creative ideas a reality.

As adults we also need to ask for support and help, and at the same time to notice what is in our control and what we can do to take action today towards our dreams.

5. Who Can Support You?

If you’ve noticed you need a bit of help, then get your tribe together. Which friends can cheer you on, and which can connect you? Who in your family will indulge in your dreams with you? What about the pragmatic ones who might help you work out what you need to get there?

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Whether you need someone to check in on you and see how you’re progressing, or need a buddy to brainstorm with to help the ideas flow, bring a few of your friends into the plan to help you move forward. Successful people know that the habit of taking action is best built with help.

6. Ensure Your Dream Is Realistic

Maybe the dream you’ve outlined just feels impossible. It costs too much or will take too much time to achieve. Instead of telling yourself “no, but,” try the “yes, and” approach. This is much more representative of how a child’s mind works.

When we were little, we weren’t scared to fail, as failing was not a concept to us back then. Let’s harness some of that kid energy and see how “yes, and” can move us forward when our dream feels unrealistic.

Let’s look at an example: maybe your dream is to have a hit record, and you think you can’t sing, or you don’t believe you have any musical talent. Instead of closing that down, if we “yes, and” it, we can say: “I want to have a hit record. Yes, and there are so many ways to achieve that. Some people have a hit record by working for a music business, and others might design the cover art. Some people speak on records instead of singing… yes, and someone has to write the lyrics or have the idea for the song. Yes, and I know someone who organizes a choir every Christmas at their local bar, and everyone in the bar is on the record. That amateur choir even got on TV as it was so much fun and all the money went to charity.”

So, before you decide your idea is unrealistic, try “yes, and-ing” it to see how you can start taking action on your dreams, even if you think it sounds impossible!

7. Use Small Wins and Rewards

On your journey toward achieving your dream, there will be small wins and important milestones; it’s not just about going straight to the destination. Measuring your progress is important and can be a chance to celebrate.

Finding a way to measure it that is visible can really help. Whether it’s a chart or an app, whatever you choose, following and celebrating your progress is key, and celebrating that win is part of the joy. Being in the process and on the journey is just as important as reaching your target. Celebrate with the happiness of a small child: do a dance, take a photo, tell your friends.

8. Update the Map

You might find the plan you made isn’t working for some reason. Things have changed, and your goals and targets are not working out for you . Let’s look at how you can change things up and put new life and energy into the project.

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Take it apart and put it back together again, but start small. Define the new plan and the new goals, and start on the next phase of the journey, equipped with the knowledge and learning from what didn’t work last time you tried to put your thoughts into action.

9. Make Space

Achieving our dreams might mean losing something else, and that’s ok. It could be a literal swap, such as giving up wine to save money towards the goal. Or it could be something more ideological, like giving up saying yes to everything to make more time to focus on your pursuits. Think about what you can give up to make space for taking action on your dreams.

10. Use Your Superpower

What’s your superpower? Use this to take action on your dreams today! Perhaps you’re awesome at using your network to find solutions to problems. If that sounds like you, then consider picking up the phone and start asking for some ideas and connections.

If you prefer to research, get reading or watching TED talks and presentations to find practical ways to achieve your particular dream. Who else has overcome a similar problem? How did they do it? What can you borrow from what they learned, and what can you learn from how they won or lost along the way?

11. Keep Your Energy up

Remember to take a rest and recharge on the journey towards taking action on your dreams. Take breaks, eat and sleep well, exercise, and listen to and tune in to what your body and mind needs to thrive.

Final Thoughts

Achieving your dreams is unlikely to be an overnight task. It’s more likely to be a winding road with setbacks, lessons, obstacles, and new discoveries. It might take years, but every step, no matter how tiny, can be enjoyed, even the struggles. Maintaining a mindset around enjoying the journey will really equip you to thrive and see those ambitious dreams become a reality.

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