“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.”

Manifestation. The buzzword which has been the talk of the town a lot recently. And all for the right reasons. But, are we rightly educated on this highly popular concept?

Everything we want to achieve in our life starts out in the mental dimension first, before it can show up via our actions in the physical world. We think it (visualize), we chew on it (analyze), and then put efforts to bring it to fruition. That’s how it works, right?

The process of manifesting begins soon after the stage of visualization, where a person imagines their future selves accomplishing goals or dreams. The ability of our brain process to generate mental images that help in the designing of our future is known as visualization.

What Manifesting is and What it isn’t?

“It’s our intention. Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it. Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.”

Jim Carrey

As life coach Mel Robbins puts it— Manifesting is preparing your mind, body and spirit to help you take the action to get what you want. In other words, it is like a training you undergo to get to your desired goals. It’s like socializing and rehearsing your mind to help you take the steps before you actually take the steps. What you do while manifesting is that, you remove the obstacles of self-doubt, resistance, caution, minutiae and overwhelm. Taking the action is all what it boils down to, in the end.

What manifestation isn’t—

• It’s not expecting or wishing for your thoughts to come true.
• It happens when your thoughts genuinely motivate you to “perform the necessary actions” in order to get those things.

Now, as we have our concepts cleared on manifesting, let’s look at how we can manifest whatever we want in our life in 7 proper and scientific ways—

1. Affirmations:

You need to act as though you “are” that something already in order for you to believe that you can become it in the near future. By bringing pictures of the future “you” into the present, whether through how you dress, how you speak, or how you behave in certain situations, you can validate your thought process and deceive your mind. For instance— If you want to be a successful lawyer, you will have to start dressing up like one, take active interest in debates around you, and start to speak in an assertive tone. Start by telling and repeating to yourself- “I am…..” (insert you dream identity) every day. Paste the words on your bathroom mirror or a cabinet, and there you are! You match energy in this way to achieve your goals.

2. Meditation practices:

Undoubtedly underrated in the journey of manifestation is the practice of meditation. Regular meditation practitioners are considered to have a better connection to their highest selves and a balanced state of mind, body, and spirit. According to studies, deep breathing exercises and meditation helps us overcome the initial obstacles to manifesting, such as fear, self-doubt, reluctance, overwhelm, and various anxieties. It helps to focus the mind and relax the overthinking mind.

3. Scripting:

A potent way to begin your manifesting journey is with scripting. Writing down, say, 5 things that you genuinely want out of life in your journal each morning when you wake up is all that is required in this simple exercise. It can be the same five things everyday or different on different days. Regardless of how outrageous or impossible they may seem in your thoughts right now. The important thing is   that you are writing things down with a pen on paper. You’re allowing yourself to fantasize without boundaries by doing this. Additionally, giving your dreams a definite form and some power by writing them down every day.

You are sending signals to your brain that you deserve those things, that you “do” want them. On the other hand, if you’re not writing them down, you’re not completely honest with yourself about what you really want and thus allowing your fears, anxieties, and self-doubts to party whenever they want in your mind, and nobody would want that, isn’t it?

4. Power of Objectivity:

This includes considering your position from the viewpoint of the person you admire the most—the one who is braver, more inventive, or more effective—and from whom you would most like to learn from. It’s removing yourself from the situation, inserting this person you idolize, and thinking— what would this person do in this particular situation? Immediately you will notice a mind shift, a gush of energy, a bold new perspective flowing through you. It’s amazing how that works. You’ll start developing strategies for handling the situation right away.

5. Visualizing the steps and “not the end goal”:

This is the step where most people get stuck in their manifesting journey because popular opinion pushes us to believe that we need to visualize the reward or the end goal. People tend to lose focus when they reach this phase because they entirely overlook the reality that the end objective can only be attained through certain milestones and through putting in that hard work.

This also explains why creating vision boards is ineffective because the final result is what you put on them. If you only think on your ultimate goals, such as taking your ideal vacation or landing your ideal job, you will quickly lose motivation and sense of direction. Exactly at that point manifesting comes into play.It’s about crossing the bridge between your dream and your end objective, not about getting there. It involves seeing yourself completing the work, which motivates you to really do it. It’s only through your actions that you will get the result that you want.

6. Feel what it feels like doing the work:

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice”

William Jennings Bryan

Being aware of how you would be moving toward your goal is a very undervalued but crucial stage. Feeling that emotion makes the mental images more vivid, further reduces your resistance, and eventually motivates you to act. You will start to feel a sense of pride that you’re doing the work. This feeling of pride then acts as a booster. You not only have to feel the steps, you have to feel the pride it will bring to you.

It’s almost like a training run before a marathon. You don’t visualize crossing the finish line. You visualize the steps it would take to cross the finish line.

Which gets us to our last point…

7. You need to “do” the work:

The last but most crucial step, which no one would advise you to take. Yes, the time has come to do the task you have imagined doing throughout your manifesting journey. Surprise! Because you’ve already pictured the stages and the effort you must put in to achieve your objectives, it won’t be as challenging as you initially believed. And now all that “training” will help you in achieving your goals. Your journey toward manifesting would be effectively finished at this point.

We saw here that manifesting isn’t about hoping or wishing things, it’s actually thinking about the steps that would lead to our dreams or goals and completing them one by one, just like putting together pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

As the actor Jim Carrey said, and I quote,
“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality, what we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying… that I’m the proof, that you can ask the universe for it. Because life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. How do I know this? I don’t. But I’m making a sound, and that’s the important thing.”

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