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March 11, 2022 - 13 min read


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Law of attraction breakdown 

How can I start manifesting?

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If you believe you can, you can. You've probably heard that from some well-meaning supporter at some point in your life. There's nothing you can't do if you set your mind to it.

The question is: do manifestation methods work?

These platitudes are well-intended, meant to help. Especially when we're young, their simple, positive message can help us overcome fears and self-doubt that can be limiting.

This type of encouragement has gained popularity as a mantra in an idea known as manifesting or manifestation. Manifesting is based on the idea that you can think your dreams into reality. By having a clear vision and focusing on it through a variety of manifestation methods, you can attract your dream into your life.

In reality, we know that just thinking about something we want — or chanting about it  — is unlikely to achieve your goals. Yet, in life, we do tend to go where we focus. Our mindset shapes our thoughts. Our thoughts shape our behaviors.

If you believe you can, you can. This type of mantra is sometimes called the law of attraction. While it won't attract your dream into being, visualizing what you want is a simple yet effective manifestation method to help you achieve your goals.

The power of positive thinking is no joke. Our mindset determines how we see the world and take advantage of opportunities. 

Knowing how to manifest your goals can be a first step to making those dreams a reality. We’ll explore how it works.


Law of attraction breakdown 


Like attracts like. What you put out into the world is what you get back. Your mind is like a magnet, and the energy you give off will return to you. That's the idea.

How does this actually help? It's hard to hide your mood. When you are gloomy and pessimistic or cynical, it shows in your face, body language, and choices. This applies to both positive and negative thoughts. When you are excited, engaged, and optimistic, that shows as well.

In general, people choose to spend more time around others who bring out positive emotions in them. And research shows that people who have a positive mindset are more productive, creative, and better at problem-solving than their peers.

In other words, if you are putting out positive vibes, you are set up to perform better, and you are attracting other similarly well-equipped people who may prove to be useful allies, mentors, or colleagues. 

That doesn't mean you should overdo it on being optimistic and upbeat. Be authentic. It’s not easy being upbeat 24/7. 

Achieving your dreams is possible — first, you have to believe. 

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How can I start manifesting?

Sometimes it’s hard to look ahead, especially when we're constantly dealing with work, bills, family, and our thoughts. But planning for the future, and getting excited about it, is good for our mental health. When the world seems unpredictable, we just have to keep our vision flexible and be ready for change

Fortunately, many effective manifestation techniques help you focus on where you want to be in the future. Here are some ways to get started: 

1. Make a vision board

Piecing together your goals with images and words on a vision board gives your mind the freedom to wander. Hang up your board somewhere you’ll see it every day. Seeing your vision board is a great reminder to keep going. 

2. Start journaling

Journaling gives you a safe space to record your thoughts, worries, and goals without judgment. You can always be yourself on paper. You can keep a gratitude journal, where you remember what you’re thankful for, or a manifestation journal to focus on what you’re hoping to achieve. 

Journaling is great because you can read back and reflect on how far you've come and the goals you’ve met. 

Scripting is another journal-type manifestation practice. This method tricks your brain into thinking you've already accomplished your goals. Write a journal entry from the point of view of your future self. Describe how you feel: you got your dream job, met your soulmate, or earned a six-figure salary. 

When scripting, it’s important to keep the following practices in mind:

  • Stay in the present: Visualize your dream life as if it’s happening right now and write about what you want in the present tense as if you already have it. Be as detailed as possible to make the practice more convincing. Think about all the senses: what do you see, feel, smell, hear, and taste?

    For example, if you want to manifest a new job, imagine an office that smells like fresh paper, is filled with beautiful green plants, and has a comforting sound of chatter in the background. Feel the fabric of your new office outfit and taste the first sip of coffee in the morning. 
  • Manifest love and gratitude: Don’t only think about what you want — dedicate positive energy to being grateful for what you already have. Reflecting on what you’re thankful for now is a vital way to promote positive thinking. It can be as small as appreciating a weekly check-in with a good friend or as big as owning your own home.
  • Leave what you don’t want behind: Successful manifestation focuses on positive thoughts. Scripting helps you visualize what you want to bring into your life, which means thinking about what you want and not what you don’t.

    For example, if you want a new job, don’t consider why you want to leave your old one. Think about how you’ll feel walking into the new one.
  • Connect to your emotions: Focus on your feelings when imagining getting what you want. Letting yourself sit in the happiness will motivate you to reach your goals.


3. Say positive affirmations

Ever heard of the Wonder Woman pose? It’s when you stand in a superhero position and chant positive things to yourself. I’ve got this. I’m worthy of my dreams. I’m continually learning. I will succeed. 

It may sound hokey. But for people who struggle with self-criticism and automatic negative thoughts, it is an effective way to retrain thought patterns.

Superhero position or not, repeating positive thoughts daily trains your mind to think positively more automatically. It’ll help boost your self-confidence. Practice repeating affirmations every morning or before stressful events like tests, presentations, or hard conversations. 

4. Try the pillow method

Write down your dreams and put them under your pillow before bed. The theory behind this method is that the last thoughts of the day modify your subconscious beliefs gradually but profoundly. Your dreams will improve and you'll wake up feeling better. 

Does putting them under your pillow do anything special? No. But writing things down before bed can help clear your mind, and having a positive bedtime ritual can shift your mindset.


5. Go outside the box

There’s nothing wrong with staying in our comfort zones. But by getting curious and stepping outside those boundaries, you’ll grow and learn. You will discover new opportunities. Start with small steps and work up to larger ones. 

Thomas Jefferson said: “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” These words ring true. Taking action ensures progress.

6. Surround yourself with positivity

Being around like-minded and supportive people will help you maintain a healthy mindset.

When you fail or make a mistake, you'll have a safety net ready to catch you with open, loving arms. That’s better than being greeted with negative energy.

While a positive support system is great, forced positivity isn't helpful. Toxic positivity is when people force an upbeat attitude and refuse to see any negatives or downsides regardless of what is happening around them. 

Real life has ups and downs. Peaks and valleys. Some days, you will be afraid or unhappy. Unexpected obstacles and setbacks will happen. Surround yourself with people who can be there with you and help you find your way back up.

7. Practice the 369 manifestation method

This numerology method is popular and easy. Write down what you want to manifest. You’ll do this: 

  • 3 times in the morning 
  • 6 times throughout the day 
  • 9 times in the evening 

If you believe in numerology, by all means use this simple trick. Inventor Nikola Tesla believed these numbers were divine and could unlock the universe’s secrets.

For everyone else, the 369 method is a reminder to touch base with our intentions and purpose throughout the day. Consistently writing what matters to you can help solidify your sense of purpose and direction. Your intentions shape the direction of your thoughts and actions. 


8. Walk the walk

The phrase fake it till you make it holds some truth when manifesting your dreams. It takes courage to believe in yourself and continue despite obstacles, but it’s always worthwhile. 

Start planning your dream life today

Manifesting methods are an easy way to start building your dream life. It doesn’t matter what method you choose — what matters is that you have the conviction to follow through. 

How you think and feel impacts what you do. Manifesting will be challenging some days, but that’s okay. Keep going, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you can dream it — and then put in the hard work necessary to achieve it — you’ll succeed.

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Published March 11, 2022

Maggie Wooll

Managing Editor

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