In last week’s post, I introduced you to the concept of manifestation and how you can use it to manifest goals and dreams. You might recall that a key element in manifestation is to get crystal clear on what you want and a powerful way to do this is to create a manifestation list.
In this post, I will tell you exactly how to write a manifestation list that will help you effectively define, focus, and work towards bringing your greatest dreams into your reality.
What is a manifestation list?
In addition to including the goals and dreams you want to achieve, it can also consist of intangibles like how you want to feel and the emotional states you want to attract into your life.
If you were to imagine the best version of your future self having everything you desire, what would this look like?
Why should you write a manifestation list?
A well thought out manifestation list will actually help you manifest goals you want to achieve.
This is because if you take the time to brainstorm your desires, write them down, and prioritize, you are helping yourself gain clarity on what and where to focus your energy.
By putting pen to paper, you are signaling to yourself (and the universe) that you are committed to achieving your goals by dedicating the time and effort to writing them down, rather than simply verbalizing them or even typing them.
Writing your manifestation list on paper tends to be more thoughtful and intentional than a quick note on your phone or laptop.
Furthermore, a written list that you can refer back to will help you reflect on your progress and hold yourself accountable.
Let’s get started with some simple and actionable steps you can take to create a manifestation list of your own.
7 Steps to Write a Manifestation List:
1.) Brainstorm ideas
For the first step, you are going to brainstorm ideas for what you want to manifest. Ideally, you’ll want to do this in a dedicated journal, but any notepad or paper will work.
When you’re brainstorming your goals and desires don’t censor or edit your thoughts. Use stream of consciousness journaling to write whatever thoughts come to you.
If you’re feeling blocked, you might benefit from asking yourself some self-reflection questions that focus on your future.
Try not to get held up on whether or not you think your goals are realistic at this point or let your limiting beliefs take over. Simply jot down whatever comes to mind when you think about your future and what you want in your life.
2.) Prioritize and refine
Now that you have a long list of what you want to manifest, it’s time to organize it.
Go through your manifestation list and prioritize 1-2 goals that are both important to you and those you feel ready to work on in the immediate future.
Keep in mind that your greatest desires and what you are ready to work on might not always line up. Even if something is one of your biggest goals, your intuition (or even plain and simple logic) may be telling you that it’s not the right time to try to manifest this desire in your life.
For example, you might want to start your own business, but your children are young and currently need a lot from you. Thus, this desire may need to be shifted down the list as something you will focus on a few years from now.
After refining your manifestation list in this way, you will have honed in on what you want most in conjunction with what you’re ready to prioritize first.
3.) Get super specific
Once you’ve defined the 1-2 goals to work on manifesting first, it’s time to build from there.
Dive deep into these goals with as much detail as possible. If it’s a business you want to start, visualize your future self who already owns this business.
How much time do you spend on your business? Do you have a staff that you manage or do you work solo? What does your work day consist of? Where is your workspace located and what does it look like?
Think about how you might feel and act as this business owner and get as specific as you can.
4.) Write in the present tense
It’s important to write your manifestation list as if you have already achieved these things in your life. Basically, you want to write your manifestation list as if it’s your current reality.
Instead of “I am going to own a 6-figure business”, change it to “I am a 6-figure business owner”.
5.) Start taking action
As I talked about in my “Manifesting for Beginner’s” post, in order to manifest goals, you must be willing to work for them.
Manifestation is not magic.
You cannot write your manifestation list and then sit back and wait for the universe to make it happen. The universe will support your endeavors only when you start to take action towards your goals.
Think about the “mini actions” you can start taking and the habits and routines you need to develop to bring you closer to your bigger goals.
Then start doing these things and be as consistent as possible.
6.) Stay positive
When working towards manifesting your goals, try to steer away from focusing on the fact that you don’t yet have what you want. Instead, use positive affirmations, and a gratitude practice to maintain a positive outlook.
Consistently recite your manifestations as affirmations in the present tense and by doing so, you’re almost tricking your mind into believing your manifestations are already true. In the least, you’re keeping your mind focused on what you want to bring to fruition.
It’s equally important to express gratitude for the positive aspects of your life and especially for everything that is getting you closer to what you desire.
Gratitude, affirmations, and self-confidence are powerful tools to stay focused and grounded in positive energy.
7.) Assess and adapt
The last step is to periodically review your manifestation list and assess whether your desires and/or priorities are still the same.
Make sure to check in with your progress in working towards manifesting your goals, as well as if your energy and mindset is where it needs to be. If you feel you need to change course or shift anything around, make sure you do so.
When manifesting what you want in life, it’s important to reflect often and openly and be ready to adapt if necessary.
What will be on your manifestation list? What are your goals, dreams, and desires?
I hope after reading my posts on manifestation, you now have a better understanding of it and how to write a manifestation list of your own.
Leave a comment below and share what’s on your manifestation list. I’d love to hear from you!
Carly is a wife, mom, and former NYC fashion industry executive turned writer and life coach. Through her writings on littlevoicebigmatter.com, she shares practical advice, heartfelt insights, and actionable resources to inspire and support women in motherhood, relationships, wellness, and life. Carly also helps women create better balance in their lives and live with more joy, purpose, and connection every day through her coaching.