How to Manifest Your Desires

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Do you feel like you’re working way too hard to manifest upgrades in your life? If so, you’ve probably got the process completely backwards, as most people do. The good news is, that’s about to change. Once you apply this concept, you’ll be on the road manifesting anything you want, and it’ll be fun! 

Here is your complete guide on how to manifest what you want. The steps are the same whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

What Is Manifesting

Manifesting is the process of turning thoughts into things. Take a look around. You’ve manifested everything in your life based on your thoughts. You’re so good at manifesting that you often don’t realize you’re doing it. You might be reluctant to believe that you’re creating unwanted experiences, but stay with me for a moment while we explore how manifestation actually works. 

How Manifesting Works

The universe operates by Law of Attraction. Your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions broadcast a signal to the universe. Then, the universe replies by sending you experiences to match your signal. This happens every time, without fail. So, if you have a strong belief that you’re unworthy or incapable of creating the life you want, you become a magnet for experiences that reinforce your belief. You are not being punished! If you can’t seem to manifest your desires, you’re simply sending out the wrong signal. Don’t underestimate the power of your mind, my friend! 

Once you start choosing your thoughts, you have the power to start creating what you want with intention. This goes for any topic from love or financial abundance to radiant health.  

The Secret to Manifest What You Want

There are three basic steps to manifesting anything and here they are:

  • Ask
  • Expect
  • Receive

If you’re not getting the results you want, you most likely need to adjust your approach to step 2. Let’s explore each step in more detail, so you can pinpoint exactly where you need to improve your manifestation skills.

Step 1: Ask

The first step in the manifestation process is to clearly identify your desires. This step is fairly easy because it happens naturally as you go through life, especially when something unwanted happens.

When you have an undesirable experience, you immediately become aware that you’d prefer something different. For this reason, don’t ever regret your challenges in life because they serve a very important purpose for manifesting: they offer clarity.

Sometimes it helps to create a vision board or collage of what you want to manifest, so you have something tangible to focus on. Other times, you know just what you want and can conjure up the image in your mind. Do what works for you.   

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What Do I Ask For?

When you feel negative emotions as a result of an unwanted situation, that’s your intuition giving you insights about what’s important to you. This intuitive guidance helps you get super clear on what you want in life, so you can fine tune future experiences. 

The most successful manifestors use their ‘step 1 experiences’ as fuel for upgrades. 

Think of something that’s recently happened that you didn’t like. What did that experience teach you about your personal preferences? Here’s how you can use your negative emotions to come up with your focus for manifesting. Fill in the blanks of this sentence: 

“When I felt __________ it blessed me with the clarity that I want more __________ in my life.”

The second part of the sentence is what you’re going to focus on manifesting. This exercise shifts your focus from the problem to the solution. Think about the people you admire, who seem to get everything they want so easily. Are they constantly complaining? No! Your manifestations are a reflection of your mindset, and this simple fill-in-the-blank exercise will shift your perspective from victim to hero of your own life.

Step 2: Expect The Best

Now that step 1 has offered you clarity about what you want, step 2 of the manifesting process is to conjure up the feelings that go along with receiving your desires. This step is the bridge between asking and receiving, and it can’t be skipped!

At this point, most people get the manifesting process completely backwards, by not allowing themselves to feel satisfied until after they get what they want. As a result, they only experience happiness if/when they ever get to step 3, and it’s always fleeting. Step 2 is all about getting happy now!

You need to feel the joy of receiving your desire before it physically shows up because your emotions are a magnet for your experiences. Are you willing to release your negative emotions now that you know they’re blocking your upgrades?

When you’re just getting started, staying positive while you’re waiting for your desires to unfold is easier said than done. So let’s explore ways to help you feel satisfied, joyful, and abundant now, as a means to your happy outcome. It takes practices, but you’ll experience far more joy in your life as a result. 

Trust The Manifestation Process

The law of attraction works every single time. Take comfort in this knowledge because it means you have unlimited power to make positive change for yourself. 

Think of it this way: when you buy something online, that item becomes yours the moment you click. You know without a doubt that it’s just a matter of time before it physically appears on your doorstep, right? You don’t keep reordering it because you’re afraid it won’t be delivered.

Life experiences work the exact same way. So once you express your desire for something (step 1), get into the mindset that it’s on its way to you. When you do this, the universe will have no choice but to match your upgraded signal with delightful new experiences. 

Heal Old Wounds

Let’s say you’ve asked for more financial abundance in your life. What’s your relationship with money right now? If you start to feel frustrated or depressed when you think about finances, you have a healing opportunity that needs to be addressed before you can attract more of it into your life.

Money should feel like a welcomed friend, not something that’s always out of reach. All financially abundant people have these traits in common, so adopt them for yourself in order to manifest money:

Step 2 Examples for How to Manifest Money

  • Pay your bills on time and with joy
  • Express gratitude for every dollar you have, no matter how small 
  • Help those less fortunate by donating old items, your spare time, or anything you have plenty to share
  • Treat yourself when you can
  • Repeat positive money affirmations like these
  • Celebrate other people’s financial success
  • Expect abundance from unexpected sources
  • Acknowledge and appreciate when your needs have been met
  • Do sacral chakra healing, because that’s where your beliefs about money live
woman holding cash

This is the most important step in your manifesting work because it puts you in the mindset to attract upgrades into your life.Here are a few more examples.  

Step 2 Examples for Manifesting Love

  • Purge your home of things that remind you of ex partners like clothes, photos, and so on 
  • Start noticing the behaviors of people in healthy relationships that you admire 
  • Do a cleansing ritual in your home, to clear old, negative energy 
  • Set your intention to forgive, so you can heal old heart wounds. Read more about heart healing right here
  • Mentally and physically prepare for your new partner. If they knocked on your door right now, would you be ready? 
  • Nurture all the loving relationships in your life including family, friends, community, and pets 
  • Focus on creating joyful experiences every day, even if they’re small. 
  • Use these love affirmations
happy couple hugging outside

Step 2 Examples for Manifesting Health

  • Envision yourself enjoying radiant health, every night before you go to bed 
  • Talk to your body and tell it you’ll work together on healing. Remind your body that your cherish it.  
  • Whenever you eat or drink something, set your intention for it to nourish your mind, body, and spirit
  • Integrate easy, natural healing practices into your daily routine, like these
  • Do regular body scan meditations like this one, to stay grounded and present in your body
  • Identify where your energy needs healing and do chakra healing work. To find out, start here.
woman running in the woods

Step 2 Examples for Manifesting a Job

  • Use the skills that will help you perform your dream job in daily life as much as possible
  • Start adding items to your wardrobe that reflect the job you want 
  • Read autobiographies by entrepreneurs you admire
  • Educate yourself more in your area of interest
  • Affirm daily that you are capable of taking on a new challenge
  • Do solar plexus healing to boost your confidence and personal power 
woman sitting on a bench using laptop

These are just a few examples, but the bottom line is that you can’t attract something into your life if the topic sparks self-pity. That isn’t an emotional match to what you asked for in step 1. So start looking for ways to feel good about your desires. By following these steps, you empower yourself to create positive change in your life.  

Do you want to know how to manifest something I haven’t covered? Leave a comment and I’ll update this post!

Look for Proof Your Desires are Manifesting

Once you start improving your thoughts around your desires, you’ll begin to notice evidence that the universe is responding. It will likely start small. Maybe you’ll find  $10 in the laundry, or perhaps someone buys you a cup of coffee.

These little encounters may seem insignificant, but they’re not! They are signs of your progress and power, so celebrate them and keep up the good work.

It’s a great idea to keep track of your progress in a manifestation journal. That way, you can look back and see all the little signs from the universe that showed up along your path. 

woman in jeans outdoors writing in notebook

Practice Appreciation

Make it a daily practice to express authentic gratitude for what you already have, and know that more is on the way. As we’ve said, the key to manifesting what you want is to experience the positive emotions of having it, before it actually shows up in your life. Appreciation is such a powerful emotion.

When you’re preparing for sleep, review the events of the day and count every single thing you enjoyed about it.  This will help rewire your brain to look for the positive aspects in every situation, which will help you become a more skilled manifestor.

Visualize Your Happy Outcome

It’s important to let yourself envision life with the upgrades you want. Visualization is a powerful manifesting tool, because it ushers in all the positive emotions that will attract your happy outcome.

One option is to create a vision board, as mentioned above. A vision board is a collage of images that capture the essence of your desires. You can cut words and pictures out of magazines and paste them to poster board, or if you prefer, create one on your phone with a free, vision board app like this one by Hay House.

Or, just find a comfortable space and visualize in the privacy of your mind. You can do this while daydreaming or during meditation. 

woman sitting on a yoga mat at the beach

Release Limiting Beliefs

Do you actually believe you can attract what you want, or does your doubt outweigh your desire? Make it a practice to clean up negative self-talk. You are absolutely worthy of receiving these upgrades!

If you suffer from low self-esteem, manifesting is going to feel like a very difficult process. But there are steps you can take to heal your solar plexus chakra, which is your center for personal power. You can check that out right here.

Step 3: Receive With Open Arms

If you make these shifts in your mindset, you’ll  improve all areas of your life. When your upgrades show up, take a moment to honor yourself for beautiful work that you’ve done. 

Also know that it’s totally OK for your desires to change once you’ve gone through these steps. Manifesting is a cycle, and new desires will be born as you continue to grow and change. You deserve the very best in all things!

woman smiling and sitting on a swing

Law of attraction is such a powerful concept, yet it’s super simple. Here are some of my favorite inspirational and uplifting books on manifesting with Law of Attraction. Strong desire, paired with positive expectations is the ultimate recipe for manifesting beautiful experiences for  yourself.

Is Manifesting a Sin?

No! The truth is, you are always manifesting your experiences, every day. The only difference here is that you’re aware of what you’re doing, so you can use the power of intention to manifest what you actually want.

Plus, there are so many references to manifesting in holy texts from every religion. Take this quote from the Bible as an example. 

According to your faith, shall it be done to you.

Matthew 9:29

If you have a religious faith, these manifesting steps complement it beautifully. You can apply them in a way that feels right to you. So customize as you see fit!

Some say that every thought can be considered a prayer. Manifesting is all about focusing your attention on the prayers you want answered, and trusting they will be. I hope this helps.



Andrea Scalisi
Andrea Scalisi

Andrea is a certified Aromatherapy and Reiki Master in Central NY. She’s been featured in publications such as Energy Magazine and Forbes.

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  1. Thank you so much for this message. So much clarity and effortless understanding. I appreciate this message and the way you delivered it. The best part about your explanation of the topic is the example of purchasing something online and not purchasing the same thing over and over again until it arrives. This makes no sense at all- that was the perfect example I need to understand, to have a breakthrough. Such a wonderful blessing to have come across your page which directed me to this article. Thank you so much.


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