Who doesn’t want to think their biggest dreams into reality, but is there any logic behind the idea of manifesting? In this “Manifesting for Beginners” post, I’m going to explain what manifestation is, help you understand why it works, and provide 7 steps you can use to successfully manifest the life you want.
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “manifestation” tossed around, but do you know what it’s actually all about? Manifestation is something I’ve been curious about so in the spirit of intellectual wellness, I’ve been diving into some books about manifestation and listening to podcasts in an effort to learn more about it.
Let me fill you in on what I’ve been learning…
What is manifestation?
Manifestation is based on the idea that everything in the universe vibrates at a certain frequency of energy and that if we can match our energy to that of what we want, then we can attract it into our lives.
I know it sounds kind of out there, I think so too! But keep reading because I’m going to explain it to you in a way that may make sense to your logical mind.
Manifestation is related to the “Law of Attraction”, a philosophy which suggests that like attracts like so that the energy you are putting out into the universe is the energy you will receive back from it.
You may have heard something along the lines of positive thinking begets positive outcomes and negative thinking brings negative outcomes. But do our thoughts really have the power to bring forth positive outcomes simply by thinking positively?
Or maybe someone has told you that if you put your dream out into the universe, it’s more likely to come true? There has to be more to it than that.
I’ve come to understand manifestation as a practice of focusing our thoughts, beliefs, energy, and efforts on what we want in order to attract into our lives the aspirational outcomes we desire.
I believe it has everything to do with where you focus your energy, how you show up in the world, and being intentional in creating what you want in life.
Does manifestation work?
Could you actually manifest your dream job or even your dream partner?
Although I don’t think simply believing in something, saying it aloud through affirmations, or repeatedly writing it down everyday in your journal can magically bring it to fruition, there is definitely something behind this manifestation idea.
Research related to the growth mindset shows that when you believe you can do something, you actually are more likely to be able to do it. But that is because when we truly believe we can do something, we are more focused on it and are more likely to direct our time and energy into efforts that work towards this goal.
So that is the key element with manifestation. Manifestation is not magic, it takes work.
It’s unrealistic and even dangerous to expect that by simply thinking about what you want, you can “will” it into being.
People who believe this fallacy will be disappointed and are missing the true reasons why the idea of “manifestation” does have the potential to make their dreams come true.
7 Steps to Successfully Manifest Your Goals and Dreams
To manifest what we want in life, we need to believe we can achieve it, be focused and consistent in our efforts, and ultimately engage in the behaviors that bring about the outcomes we desire.
Use these 7 steps to start manifesting the life you want to create.
1.) Get clear on what you want
The first step is to know exactly what it is you want to manifest in your life and set clear and specific goals.
If you’re unsure of what you want, you can’t expect much of anything, right? It’s kind of like aiming for a target that is blurry or keeps shifting. You’re never going to hit it.
To help you figure out what you want, tune into your intuition and listen to what it is telling you. I have a journaling guide you can use to help with this.
2.) Ask for what you want
Once you have set your clear and specific intentions for your goals and dreams, the next step is to ask for it. You can think of this step as putting it out into the universe.
There are various methods of manifestation, which I will go into in a follow-up post, but to get started you might want to simply write it down in your journal, pray or meditate on it, visualize, or speak your intentions out loud.
3.) Start taking action
Understand that knowing what you want and asking for it will only get you so far. You will not see any results until you start taking action to work towards your goals.
Consistent daily action in the direction of what you want will lead you to it. Therefore, the next step would be to consider what actions you can take to reach your goals and then build them into your routine.
Also, start making choices and living your life as if you’re already that person who has what you want.
4.) Practice gratitude
A key component of manifestation is to operate from a mindset or energy of abundance, rather than scarcity.
Therefore, you must maintain focus on whatever it is you want to manifest, not on the fact that you don’t have it yet, or the lack thereof.
You can do this by having faith that you’ll get all that you want in time and being grateful for what you already have. This includes expressing gratitude for everything in your life that is getting you closer to what you desire.
5.) Let go of resistance
You cannot create what you want in life if you are being held back by limiting beliefs, fear, and/or negativity. It’s imperative that you work to let all that go.
A limiting belief is any belief you have about yourself that holds you back from being the person you want to be, as it limits your growth and potential. Limiting beliefs are based on fear and often manifest through negative thought patterns and self-talk.
In her book, “Super Attractor”, Gabrielle Bernstein suggests a practical method for letting go of resistance. It is called the “Choose Again Method” and teaches us to first recognize the thought or behavior that is holding us back, then forgive yourself for this negative pattern, and last “choose again” or reach for the next best-feeling thought.
I also have some suggestions on how to work through fear, which you can read more about in the post linked below.
6.) Check in with yourself
Make sure you check in with yourself regularly and evaluate if your mindset, and energy, are what you want. If not, make a shift. Remember, a key element of manifestation is the philosophy that the energy you put out into the world is the energy you get back.
Even if you don’t believe this, think about it this way –
How you decide to show up in the world everyday is going to impact how you experience things. So if you set your tone to be one of positivity, you will be more in tune to perceive positivity in the experiences and interactions you have throughout your day.
You can experience the same sequence of events as somebody else, but your experience of them could be completely different based on your perception.
7.) Have faith and trust the process
At the end of the day, it’s imperative to have faith that through focused energy and consistent efforts, you will manifest what you want in life. The steps you take do not matter as much as your belief in the process because this is what will keep you driven and moving forward.
Eyes on the prize.
“Manifesting for Beginners” final thoughts:
After reading this post on manifesting for beginners, I hope you have a better understanding of manifestation and how to use it to create the life you want.
Manifesting is not putting a desire out into the world and waiting for it to happen. It is setting your intention and having faith that you’ll get there as you do those things that get you closer to the life you want to have.
The onus is on you to make it happen, not to expect the universe to deliver it to your doorstep.
Do you think it’s possible to manifest your dreams into reality?
What do you think? Comment below.
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.