You may have heard the term manifestation, but you might not fully understand what it is or how it works. At the most basic level, the idea behind manifestation is that anything you think about can come true if you set your mind to it. In other words, by focusing on what you want, you can bring it into your life through the law of attraction, which is a natural law based on the notion that like attracts like. When you manifest your desires, you consciously call them forward through your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions.
How Does Manifestation Work?
There's a lot more to manifestation than just sending positive thoughts out into the universe. It takes time, effort, and practice to begin manifesting what you want, and you only get as good as you give. Using the law of attraction as your guiding principle, think of yourself as a magnet that sends energy and vibrations out into the world around you. The energy you receive in return — or attract — is only as powerful as the energy you put into it.
For the process to work, you need to remain positive about manifesting what you want. If you focus on the negative, you will attract negativity into your life and manifest things you don't really want. When you focus on the positive, believe in what you want, and put your trust in the universe, opportunities will come your way that motivates you to take action to begin manifesting what you desire.
Can You Manifest Anything?
Believe it or not, you can manifest anything — love, money, success, and more — as long as you're willing to do the work. Let's look at an example. Say you decide you want a million dollars to appear in your bank account. You think about that million dollars every day for months, years even, but nothing happens. You begin to feel bad about the situation and form negative thoughts. As a result, you fail to see the opportunities and ideas that could help you manifest what you want.
On the other hand, if you truly believe that you deserve that million dollars and are willing to do the work to achieve it, the universe will send opportunities your way to manifest your success. Thinking about what you want is only part of the manifestation equation. Taking action also plays a major role.
How to Manifest Anything You Want
Maybe you tried to manifest the perfect job or Mr. Right, and when it didn't work, you got frustrated and gave up. Like all good things, manifesting what you want takes work. Simply visualizing yourself with a toned body and more money in the bank isn't enough to make it come true. Give these simple steps for manifestation a try to begin manifesting what you want.
Step 1: Get Clear On What You Want
Before anything else, you need to get crystal clear inside your head about what you truly want. Be as specific as possible, and use positive words to describe exactly what you want to manifest. For instance, if you want a job as a high-ranking executive, you might say, "I want to become the vice president of corporate communications for XYZ organization. I will earn $250,000 per year and have a corner office overlooking the downtown core."
Step 2: Make Your Desires Known
Ask the universe for what you want, and do it daily. You need to pour all of your energy into visualizing your desires and seeing them in your mind's eye. Some of the most common ways to do this are through prayer, meditation, or even by writing a letter to the universe.
Step 3: Do the Work
Think about the steps you can take to actively achieve your goals. Is there a course you can complete to help you learn new skills for the job you want? Can you shadow someone who works in a similar role? Taking action is one of the most important steps for manifestation.
Step 4: Stay Positive and Remove Obstacles
Manifesting what you want takes time, so try to focus on the good things in your life. Remove any roadblocks to your success, such as people who often criticize or complain. Push any negative thoughts out of your head, and keep a positive mindset. Trust in the process. When you question your steps to manifestation, you essentially ask the universe to prove your doubts.
Step 5: Acknowledge and Appreciate What You Receive
Take time to look back on your day and identify any signs the universe sends to help you manifest what you want. They aren't always easy to spot, so it's important to recognize them as they come along. For instance, attending a luncheon with your company's CEO may lead to future opportunities within your organization. Once you finally get what you asked for, such as that high-ranking job, reflect on the evidence that supports all of the work you put into manifesting what you want, and appreciate what you have now that you reached that milestone.
Louise Heite is a certified life & business coach, leadership consultant, and holistic wellness advocate who helps founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders fuel their best selves and find breakthrough success.
With a track record of proven results, she helped scale and lead global customer support groups, built strong partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, and headed a crisis management team that brought over 2,000 people to safety. She is passionate about helping high-achieving individuals live life on purpose.