I’ve been into self-development for a few years now, but it’s only recently that I started to look deeper into manifestation and the Law of Attraction.
At first there was so much information out there that I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start. A lot of the videos I watched on YouTube were 30 minutes of rambling and never really got to the point, the websites I found spoke briefly about manifestation but wanted me to pay for more information, even some podcasts that promised to teach me ‘the secrets of manifestation’ were merely a ruse to get me to buy some book or other.
It took me a long time to wade through the bullshit and finally get some real insight into manifestation and how it works, so to save you a lot of time (and some very questionable YouTube videos), I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far and what’s worked for me…
What Is Manifestation?
In a nutshell, manifestation is attracting what you want into your life through belief, vibrations and action.
The Law of Attraction
The simplest explanation of the Law of Attraction is “like attracts like”. Positive thoughts, beliefs and feelings attract positive energy which in turn create a positive reality. Just as negative thoughts, beliefs and feelings attract negative energy which in turn create a negative reality. Our outer reality is an exact reflection of our inner beliefs, energy and actions. To put it simply, we create our own reality.
Ok, I kind of get it, but how do I manifest?
Step 1: Get Clear About What You Want
You might already know what you want to manifest; to earn more money, to secure your dream job, to get fit & healthy. But get specific; how much money do you want to manifest? What exactly is your dream job? What exactly does fit & healthy look like to you?
If you’re like me and you’re starting out with only a broad idea of what you want to manifest and a few different career prospects – something to do with publishing, something to do with film production, a published author maybe – do what I did: sit down with a pen and paper and journal until you get a clear vision of what you really want.
I divided my vision into 2 aspects:
- SELF: health, mindset, relationships.
- MISSION: career, house, finances
Here are a few questions you could ask yourself to help you get specific…
When you envision your ‘best life’, what exactly does it look like?
What do your relationships look like? Are they strong? Healthy? Joyful? Supportive? Do you have good communication with others? How do you act in these relationships? Are you kind and compassionate? Nurturing? Are you a good listener?
What does your health look like? Are you strong and healthy? Do you eat mindfully and nourish your body? Do you have a positive mindset?
What are you like in this reality? Are you uplifted and confident? Comfortable in your own skin? Do you believe you can do anything?
And what does your career look like? Where do you live? Do you go travelling? Do you have a beautiful house? How much money do you make?
Step 2: Change Your Self-Limiting Beliefs
Once you know the specifics of what you want to manifest, write it out as though you already have it…
⁃ I am a confident, uplifted and kind person who has strong and healthy relationships.
⁃ Money flows into my life effortlessly.
⁃ I am strong, healthy and comfortable in my own skin.
⁃ I effortlessly attract wonderful job opportunities.
⁃ I vibrate at an abundant and happy frequency.
⁃ I am a talented and successful… *insert dream career here*
⁃ I am capable. I am worthy. I am enough.
…These then become your affirmations, and if you say them every morning when you wake up, eventually they will become your subconscious beliefs.
Once you believe that you ARE confident, happy, healthy, you BECOME confident, happy, healthy. Once you believe that you are the type of person who wakes up early, works out, nourishes your body – it becomes almost effortless because it’s no longer a decision, it’s just a part of who you are because your subconscious mind knows this about you. It’s like breathing – we don’t have to consciously keep reminding our lungs to breath, do we? They just do, because our subconscious mind tells them to.
Here’s a little science to blow your mind: The subconscious mind is 95% of the brains power. The subconscious mind isn’t our active thinking mind – it’s where our beliefs, emotions and behaviours come from. The subconscious mind controls so much of our behaviours, so if we can harness the power of our subconscious brain – through meditation, through visualisation, through affirmations and changing our beliefs – were working with 95% of the brains power!! (Listen to the MimiBee podcast with Dr. Mallory if you want to learn more about this!)
By changing my self-limiting beliefs, I’ve gone from feeling lethargic, unmotivated, unhealthy, to feeling uplifted, inspired and energised! Never did I think I could be the type of person who meditates, journals, works out and showers before the rest of the house has even woken up yet – but I’ve become her by changing my beliefs and I’ve never felt better!
I changed ‘I have to workout and eat as little as possible because I hate my body’ (which would inevitably end with me dreading work outs and scoffing my face with crap because I was so hungry) to ‘I exercise and eat nourishing meals because I love my body and want to feel strong and healthy’. ‘I hate early mornings’ changed to ‘I love waking up early and giving myself this time to meditate, journal, move, read & get into the best possible mindset before my children wake up’.
When our beliefs start to come from a place of love, that’s when we start to see real change.
Step 3: Ask The Universe For What You Want
Once you’ve decided exactly what you want to manifest and realised that can have anything you want in life, the next step is to ask the universe.
You’re probably thinking… Um, do what now?
I know, it sounds a little ‘kooky’, but trust me – it works! Since I’ve started asking the universe for what I want, so many random opportunities have popped up that are aligned with my goals – it’s almost spooky!
There are different ways to ask the universe for what you want; you can create a mood board or a ‘vision box’ full of pictures of what you want to manifest, you can write a letter to the universe, or you can simply speak your intentions out loud. Whatever feels right to you.
Step 4: Start Working Towards Your Goals
You’ve specified what you want, you’ve changed your self-limiting beliefs, you’ve asked the universe for a helping hand – now it’s time to align your daily, weekly and monthly actions with your vision.
What would your future self be doing?
If she’s a published author, she’s likely to spend time writing her novel. If she’s a business owner, she’ll be working on her business. If she’s fit and healthy, what is she doing with her days?
Ask yourself, what would she (your future self) do, say, think, feel? It’s about deciding who you want to be and acting as if you already are that person, or deciding what you want and acting as if you already have it.
“Being’ the person who already has, does, and feels your goals, dreams, and desires helps you become that person.” – Angelina Lombardo, author of The Spiritual Entrepreneur
– Step 1: Get Clear About What You Want
– Step 2: Change Your Self-Limiting Beliefs
– Step 3: Ask The Universe For What You Want
– Step 4: Start Working Towards Your Goals
Obviously I’m no expert – this is just what I’ve learned from various books, videos, podcasts; these steps are what has worked for me, and they really have! I’ve lost weight after spending years believing I never could, I’ve attracted job opportunities, I’ve improved the quality of my relationships and my mental health. I no longer wake up dreading my to do list, I’m excited about the day ahead – that’s the power of changing your beliefs, energy and actions! If this blog post can help even one person, it’s worth it!
Influencers & Resources That Have Helped Me On My Manifestation Journey
Mimi is literally the queen of self development. Her podcast – The MimiBee Podcast – has so many useful talks on manifestation and the Law of Attraction (and so many other self development topics). Her recent podcast ‘30 Day Law of Attraction Experiment’ really helped me to gain clarity on what I want to manifest in the next 30 days. Her podcast is free, inspirational & full of insightful talks.
I also subscribe to her website/app – Mimi Method – which is full of workouts, recipes & THE BEST guided meditations. Her guided meditations help you to visualise your ‘best self’, and some are specifically about manifesting. I’ll probably do a full review on Mimi Method soon because it really has made such a difference in my life and is only around £10 per month.
@itschloeslade on Instagram. Chloe’s page is so inspirational, full of information on the law of attraction, and has a lot of useful tips/resources for manifesting. When I was in the early stages of figuring out the specifics, I used her free ‘Week mapping guide + template’ to help me set my intentions and visualise how my days should look to be in alignment with my goals.
@manifestationbabe on Instagram. Her book ‘Unleash Your Inner Money Babe’, which is about £16 on Amazon, is all about manifesting money. It promises to ‘uplevel your money mindset and manifest £1000 in 21 days’ – I’m only a few days in so I’ll have to let you know if it works. However, her Instagram and podcast, which have a lot of information on manifestation, cleansing energy, etc, are free!
Hal’s book – The Miracle Morning – is an absolute game changer! It’s not really about manifesting but it will help you to completely transform your morning and really helps with personal growth which is a key part of manifestation.
Aaron talks about Manifestation on his YouTube channel, Instagram, and his podcast ‘The Aaron Doughty Podcast’. He’s proof of how manifestation can completely transform your life and his podcasts are hilarious.