How to Manifest – 7 Steps That Work!
Want to learn how to manifest?
I was 27 when I read Wayne Dyer’s first self-help book “Your Erroneous Zones”.
Yes, you read it right – Erroneous, not Erogenous…still has me smiling after all these years. Clever man…since his book went on to be a top-seller.
New to Wayne at the time, I read his biography on the back cover and it said something like this, “Wayne believes… loves… travels… and spends half his time at his Maui beach house writing his books”.
Immediately, I had this feeling-thought desire:
“I’m going to have a house in Maui one day. I’m going to write in my house overlooking the ocean”.
Fast forward 14 years later, and in June of 2012, I moved to Maui and Bali. I’m in Canggu, Bali right now, writing to you on my laptop, looking out at the ocean, with my two Balinese kittens fighting over my toes :)
Miracle? Coincidence? Lucky break? Nope. Deliberate manifestation that YOU can absolutely do as well.
So how can you start consciously designing more of your life?
1. Know that you can manifest a life you love.
Manifesting a life that you love is not for that “somehow special” person. You absolutely can do it too. However, you have to believe you can. Read books, watch YouTube videos of people that you admire, hang around people that inspire and motivate you, so that you have examples of people who have done it.
Although I was hugely loved, I didn’t come from a “you can do anything” environment as a child. So, I had to surround myself with people who had created amazing lives (mostly through books :-)) to open my mind to the possibility of what could be created.
There are countless stories of people who have gone from rags to riches. And since you’re probably not in the rags category… what is really stopping you from creating the life you want? Only you… trust me on this one.
2. Get crystal clear on what you want.
It’s so much easier for everyone, including the universe, to give you what you want, when you know what you want. And when you’re clear, you won’t be pulled in a zillion different directions, which diffuses your energy.
Don’t worry if you want a lot of things or you’re scared that you’ll pigeon hole yourself. You can add to and evolve what you want over time.
For example, I didn’t even know where Bali was on a map when I was 27, let alone that I would want to be live part time in Bali AND Maui. I only knew, at that time, that I wanted to live in Maui. It then expanded to Bali. And now it’s expanding to Australia…or maybe Europe…hmmm…. :) Your wants are meant to expand and evolve. And you’re allowed to change your mind.
So, what do want right now, for this year? What’s alive for your right now?
Action Step: Quickly jot down ONE thing for each of the following categories:
Health & Fitness
Passions + Creativity
Life Goals / Material Things
Travel / Adventure
Did you do it?
That’s totally normal, because you’re rushing to read the rest of the “secrets”. :-)
Don’t go any further till you write 1 thing for each category…I promise it works.
I want to help you get clearer and clearer about what you want to manifest for your life and NOW is always the best time.
3. Feel the feeling of having it.
This includes writing down what you want (goals), but more importantly, write as if it’s already happened, because that’s what creates the FEELING.
And it‘s the FEELING that galvanizes energy. As Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it”.
Write what it FEELS like to be living the life you want. It’s the FEELING that changes you vibrationally and pulls what you want more quickly to you. Plus you get more excited about life. And that is extremely ATTRACTIVE – to everything and everyone around you.
Stay connected to what you want every day . Use visual reminders of what you want your life to look like. Imagine and FEEL your life as if it’s already happened. For example, in March of 2012, when I got another gut feeling, “I want homes in Bali AND Maui”, I started putting screen savers up on my computer of where I wanted to live in Maui and Bali, so I could SEE and FEEL it every day.
4. Take consistent action every day.
Do you want to have a healthy, fit, vibrant body?
Do you want to be making a 6+ figure income?
Then you have to take daily actions that support your goals. Manifestation of a fit, healthy body and making a 6+ figure income doesn’t come from visualization alone, it comes from moving towards what you want to create every day.
If someone tells me manifestation doesn’t work for them, I know they are either not clear on what they want, they are not taking any action towards their goals, or allowing enough time.
One of the BEST things you can do to manifest more easily, is to ask yourself this question:
“What would a person who has “xyz” DO?
Who would they BE?”
Then do and be those things…this amplifies your manifestation abilities hugely because you actually BECOME the person it takes, to have the things you want.
Hiring a Business and / or Life Coach can also help you breakdown any “bad theories” you may have about life and yourself. Coaches and mentors have been a big part of my life through my 30-40’s as they’ve helped me see things I just don’t SEE.
Action Step: what is 1 thing you can be and do every day to support just one thing you want, from the above categories?
5. Keep your vibration high by doing things that you love.
When you are happy and enjoying your life, you literally pull more good (GREAT) to you.
Since we ARE energy, and we pull into our life whatever is a vibrational match – relationships, events – everything.
Ever notice how unhappy, grumpy people always seem to have constant drama and bad things happening to them?
Ever notice that successful, balanced, happy people keep having “lucky break’s”?
Keep your vibration high by doing things that you love and you’ll pull what you want to you more quickly.
One of the biggest things that catapulted my business and financial success, was to start doing what I loved NOW, rather than waiting till I had more time or money. I started teaching dance (an utter passion of mine), which made me happier in my life, which in turned raised my vibration and increased my success in all areas.
When we are happy in our life, we literally PULL things to us. We are ATTRACTIVE and MAGNETIC to everything. Kind of cool, huh?
Action Step: What do you LOVE that you could start doing at least twice a week?
6. Trust the process.
Don’t give up too soon. Trust the process.
Believe in the universe or god/goddess. Believe in yourself. Most people just give up too soon. Be clear about what you want, take action, course correct when you need to, but never give up or settle.
This is YOUR life that you are creating and it takes a little time, but as Napoleon Hill says in his famous book, Think & Grow Rich, “When the riches start coming, they come in FAST”.
The art of manifestation is like anything worthwhile – it takes time, practice, discipline. It’s almost like the universe wants to make sure you can be a good steward of everything it will give to you.
Take home point: do the work, and you’ll receive … ALOT.
7. Be unattached to how it comes to you.
I knew I wanted to be wealthy in my late 20’s.
I knew I wanted to live in beautiful homes in multiple locations. I knew I wanted to love what I did for my work. I knew I wanted all of this, balanced with a life of connection, health and meaning. I knew I wanted to live it, and then from a congruent, authentic place, teach it.
I didn’t know exactly how it would come, but I knew it would come.
Be clear on what you want, and the FEELINGS that you want to experience every day (freedom, meaning, purpose), and then be unattached to how it comes to you. Intention, Attention, No Tension as Janet Attwood so beautifully says in her book, “The Passion Test'”.
This allows the magic to show up…the mystery, beauty and soul-fulness of life.
That’s also why the same Janet always ends her goals with, “This or better!”
Your Action Steps
- Write out these 7 Steps to Manifesting + Design Your Dream Life.
- Post-it note them on your computer, type them into iPhone pop up reminders or where you will see them every day.
- Write down 1 thing that you want in each of the categories above for this year.
- Make dream boards (visual) and write how you want to FEEL on the dream board.
Remember, “the easiest thing to do, is the easiest thing not to do”, as the wise Jim Rohn said years ago.
You and your life are worth taking the time to design your life.
Are you up for Crafting A Life You Love?
Share, tweet and comment below – I love to hear your stories, aha’s, questions and any area I can help in!
Be Happy…Be Vibrant…
I love this! For the first time in a LONG time I was able to quickly write down one thing I wanted to accomplish in the categories you listed above. Its taken awhile, but I am so clear what I want in my life and I’m ready to go get it.
Thank you, Carmen :)
You are so welcome Heather! I am so happy to hear that you are CLEAR with what you want and are READY!
It takes a little bit of time doesn’t it? And consistency after starting this process of writing down what we want, creating dreamboards, naming the “FEELING” that we want to have to when it starts to really coalesce and feel like YES! That’s the life I want – that’s ME.
Especially as adults b/c often we’ve forgotten to dream, don’t give ourselves permission to “”desire” and and in many cases, don’t even KNOW what we want. So we have to practice naming and getting clear on what we want.
So just starting is the best place…and it becomes clearer and clearer every week…until Voila – we know what we want. Then it’s so much easier to manifest.
But from DAY 1 of starting this, life starts getting juicier, you FEEL more on track and more like a creator of your life than just a “reactor”.
Thanks for sharing Heather – LOVE!
Carmen! Great article, “intention,attention, no tension” this is what I live by and I needed this reminder to keep focused! I wrote all my goals down and it really does seem easier to achieve even just after writing them down. Thanks!
I’m so glad you wrote your goals down!
When they’re just in our “head”, they literally swirl around and we can feel overwhelmed and that we can’t achieve them.
The act of writing them down (1-2 things when you’re getting started) moves them out of your head onto paper. This immediately produces clarity and minimizes overwhelm.
WRITING and seeing what your wrote is part of what makes the process so powerful as well.
And finally…you’re giving energy and focus to what you WANT. Whatever we focus on expands – good or bad. Energetically this is so powerful :)
NICE JOB Roxanne! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you SO much for this post! It is exactly what I needed to hear today. I am so fortunate to have grown up with a family that actively practiced and participated in the art of manifesting our desires. For that I am forever grateful! I am so clear and what I want, and I KNOW that it will happen. My biggest struggle is Step 7. I have a hard time letting go and trusting that the way it comes to me, is exactly the way it’s supposed to. I’m working on trying to not get in my own way!
Great article. Thank you for living a heart-centered life and sharing that with others. It’s so inspiring!!
Well said and I totally believe this is true! I love hearing examples of people living their dreams! I started this course when I was 27 (I’m 32 now) as well and I’ve been “doing the work.” The best compliment I received was from my coach when she said I’m walking the talk! I’ve made tremendous leaps from writing things down and being coached. I have my own coaching business, I got married last year and things keep getting better! My husband and I hope to have a home in Maui one day. I’ll keep my mind open for Bali too ;) Keep living your dreams and inspiring others to do the same!
LOVE your post. I read it over twice yesterday. I am also going to type out the 7 steps, take a pic of it and use it as my screensaver on my iphone! If you don’t remind yourself of these little steps and have it in your face as a daily reminder, then you won’t really get anywhere in what you are trying to accomplish in life.
I also tried the exercise you suggested. It felt good to do this. As Napoleon Hill once said:
“First comes thought, then organization of that thought into ideas and plans then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning as you will observe is in your imagination.”
Thank you so much for such amazing blog!
At the time I was reading it, I was at Orlando, Florida. One of my favorite Dream places to be!
It is amazing the experience of living my dream while I was reading and feeling what you talking about ;)
Now I’m putting action on this steps to go towards to create a life that I love! Can’t wait for the summit. Everything is so exciting :D
I was looking for something Inspirational to share for our coming meeting on tuesday and this beat Simon Chan, Tony Robbins,….
I am sharing this! Thanks.
I’m so glad you liked it Younnie and that it’s useful for you! Have fun with it at your meeting! Carmen xo
Carmen, You are such an amazingly, uber authentic, joyous, contagiously, richly, joyous being that vibrates with love. I admire you. (in case you can’t tell) I respect you. I follow you. And I totally love your teaching and your approach to goal setting. You are so inspiring to me as I am on a journey of creating a life of amazing feelings, experiences, and blessings for myself and for those I love deeply. Really love. Vibrational energy. Motivated. Inspired to be better because of you!
What a beautiful message to receive Lynette! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback and much love to you! And remember, it takes one to know one :) Lots of love, Carmen xo
Hi I am still not clear when you mention we have to take action and then let it go. When we take action we expect certain outcome then how to do both things together?
Hi Swati! Great question. You want to be very clear with what you desire, take action, but without being attached to HOW it happens. For example – I might want to create a new online course that I want to have 30 participants for my first launch. I am very clear what I want (to provide business + life transforming content for 30 participants) and then I get into massive action to do so – doing everything in my power to design a valuable course and market it. But I stay open for HOW it will happen and where those participants will come from. I might be doing email, social media, blogs and interview marketing (in action for my goals), but then out of the blue a company wants to partner with me and use my program for their associates. This is something I might never have imagined – and where I’m not attached to HOW it happens (which leaves room for the universe/god to conspire with you). Does that help? Carmen :)