Updated: Oct 20
Manifesting is bringing something tangible into your life by cultivating the experience of what you want to feel, then living and believing in that experience so it can become a reality.
An abundance mindset helps you manifest anything you want because it starts with a deep belief that you are enough, that you have enough, and that you’re deserving of the things you have in your life.
It’s a strong feeling of security and confidence in yourself. A belief that you already have everything you need to be successful. That anything you want is available to you.
That deep belief is the foundation for manifesting. Manifesting is about making everything you want to feel and experience a reality for you – through your beliefs, emotions, behaviours, and effects.
Manifesting isn’t about asking the Universe for help, then stepping back and waiting for what you want to just fall into your lap. You must do the work. You must take powerful, aligned action to achieve your goals.
Remember: your thoughts create your reality. If you believe you’ll never be good enough to go after your dream job or start your own business, you’ll behave in a way that gets you that result. In other words, you likely won’t act toward your goals.
On the other hand, if you believe that you have enough knowledge, wisdom, strength, and guidance to achieve your goals, you’ll feel confident enough to take powerful action and manifest those goals.
Here’s how to manifest anything with an abundance mindset:
Step 1: Get clear on what you want
If you’re not clear on what you’d like to happen in your life, the Universe won’t know how to help you. The first step to manifesting with an abundance mindset is to decide what you want.
You’re the only person who knows what’s on your heart or what your biggest dreams are. So, it’s up to you to own it! Set an intention or create a goal for yourself. Use the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound) method to get specific about what you want.
There’s really no limit to the things you can manifest. From a new home to a new job to a new relationship, it all starts with getting clear on what you want.
Step 2: Believe you can have it
Once you’re clear on what you want, you need to believe you can have it. You started this by choosing an attainable and relevant goal in the first step. The second step is to use your abundance mindset to cultivate a deep belief in yourself.
Remember: an abundance mindset comes from a deep belief that you are enough. That you have the knowledge, resources, and guidance to achieve anything you put your mind to.
That belief comes from a deep sense of self-worth. A belief that you are worthy and deserving of everything you have in your life by virtue of being a human alive on this Earth.
You don’t have to work hard, or earn a certain amount of money, or get a certain degree to be worthy of something. You are worthy because you’re alive. You are worthy of everything you have in your life. It just takes time to believe that.
To improve your belief system or sense of self-worth, try repeating a mantra or affirmation like I am worthy of what I desire. You can write it down or practice saying it out loud in front of a mirror.
Believing in yourself is a critical component of manifesting anything you want, so if you’re having trouble here, make this practice part of your morning ritual.
Step 3: Concentrate on how you want to feel
Now that you’re clear on what you want and you believe you can have it, you need to concentrate on how you want to feel once your goal is achieved.
Remember: your beliefs create emotions, which create behaviours, which create effects; and the affects you get serve to reinforce your beliefs.
Because your emotions predict how you’ll behave, it’s important to consider how you will feel when you’ve manifested what you desire. Concentrate on this future feeling; really feel the emotions in your body. Does it feel like excitement? Peace? Joy?
If you’re serious about manifesting and achieving what you want in life, pay attention to your emotions. If you’re feeling depressed, hopeless, or afraid, it’s unlikely that you’ll take the action needed to make your dreams a reality.
Instead, concentrate on the positive emotions you’ll feel when you manifest your new reality. When you’re happy, excited, confident, or courageous, you’re more likely to take a big risk, step outside your comfort zone, ask for help, or do the things you’ve been avoiding.
Your emotions create behaviours. Think about what behaviours or actions you need to achieve your goal. Will you take that action when you feel down or afraid? Or will you act when you’re motivated and enthusiastic?
Your emotions matter. To concentrate on your emotions, start with identifying how you will feel when you manifested your dream life. Then, create a mental image of this in your mind – this is called visualization. Visualize yourself expressing this emotion and pay attention to how it feels in your body. Practice this each morning as part of your morning ritual.
Step 4: Make your ask
Now that you’ve decided what you want, believe you can achieve it, and concentrated on the emotions you’ll feel when you have it, it’s time to make your ask!
Ask the Universe for what you want. Really put it out there. You can do this by saying a mantra, writing it in your journal, or creating a vision board of your goal. Or all three!
Here’s a secret: manifesting isn’t about you and what you want. It’s about what’s in the highest and best for everyone.
The Universe has a plan and purpose for every being on this Earth. When you manifest, you create something with Universal guidance
The Universe loves working with you to manifest your desires, especially when they’re in the highest and best interest of others. All you need to do is ask!
Step 5: Take powerful, aligned action
Manifesting isn’t about asking for what you want then simply believing or willing it into existence. It takes powerful, aligned action to cultivate what you want.
What’s aligned action? It’s any action you take that’s in line with your goals or what you want to manifest.
For example, if you want to manifest your dream job, aligned action might look like updating your resume or LinkedIn profile, reaching out to recruiters, talking to friends who work in a similar field, or practicing your interviewing skills.
Or, if you want to manifest an extra monthly income, aligned action might look like reviewing your budget to see if you have any subscriptions you can cancel, starting a side hustle, asking for a raise, or paying off your credit card bills. Any of those actions are aligned to your manifestation goal.
When you act, the Universe takes notice. And when you’re living in total commitment and alignment with your goal, the Universe conspires to help you make it happen.
Aligned action doesn’t mean trying to control your life to get what you want. Instead, it’s about letting go, allowing, and being in flow with your goals.
If you constantly ask your friends for their opinions before acting, get hung up on the little things that go wrong, or avoid making big decisions or taking risks, you’re likely trying to control some aspect of your life.
Let go and allow. Once you make your ask, trust that the Universe will conspire to help you achieve your goal. Remember: The Universe has a plan bigger than you can know. And it’s a plan and purpose that benefits others. You don’t need to know the “how;” just concentrate on what.
Letting go doesn’t mean sitting idly by and waiting for things to magically happen, either. That’s where aligned action comes in.
Think about the goal you set for yourself in Step 1 and work backwards from the end date. If you want to manifest something in one year, what can you do each month to get closer to your goal? What could you do each week? Each day?
Then, think about how you can make manifesting part of your daily routine. You might not realize it, but you’re always manifesting. Your thoughts create your reality, and manifesting is nothing more than cultivating your reality through your thoughts and beliefs.
To be more intentional about manifesting, you can start with a morning ritual. Incorporate spiritual practices that energize you or make you feel the way you want to feel. You could read a passage from the Tao te Ching, A Course in Miracles, or other spiritual text. You could spend time journaling or meditating. You could pull a few tarot or oracle cards. The practices are up to you – do whatever makes you feel cantered and whole.
A morning ritual sets you up for a successful day. By spending the first few moments of the day focused on you and your dreams, you’ll have the motivation to apply to a job posting, follow up with a client, launch your new website, or create a budget.
And, as you go about your day and take aligned action, you can keep your manifestation goal at the top of your mind. Say your mantra or affirmation out loud, visualize your dreams coming true, or say a silent prayer.
Step 6: Be patient, persistent and grateful
Big dreams don’t happen overnight, so once you make your ask and begin to act, be patient with the Universe.
The actions you take don’t matter as much as your belief and trust in yourself and the Universe. Believe in your inner wisdom, clarity, confidence, and actions. Believe that the Universe is working with you on your goals.
It’s also important to be flexible. You may not get everything you want in the exact timeframe, order, colour, amount, or way you asked for. When this happens, acknowledge and be grateful for what you receive.
An abundance mindset is about looking for gratitude in every moment, so practice building your faith in the Universe by acknowledging the things you do receive, even if it’s not what you thought you’d receive. Everything happens in its own time, and the more you can focus on the good things you have in your life, the better things will come your way.
If you’re taking aligned action, the Universe will work with that energy to guide you. Pay attention to signs, messages, and the thoughts you have. Then act on those signs. Do some research, reach out to a friend that pops into your mind, or start brainstorming around an idea.
FOD – fear, overwhelm and doubt – can cloud your thoughts and serve as an obstacle to achieving what you want. Practice the BE YOU Mental Model to shift negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to abundant, powerful, or motivating thoughts.
Persistence is key when manifesting. You might not get what you want in the exact timeframe you specified, but don’t be discouraged. Instead, practice persistence by adding an affirmation like, “I am so happy and grateful now that I manifested a large pay raise,” to your phone reminders. Set it to remind you of this affirmation at the same time every day, then when it pops up, take a few moments to breathe deeply and repeat the affirmation silently.
Sometimes, and especially when you’re stressed or feeling like an impostor, your brain needs reminders of what’s important. Setting a reminder in your phone helps you stay on top of your manifesting goals and can give you the motivation you need to keep going.
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