How to Manifest Your Desires: Complete Guide + Tips

Do you feel like you’re working way too hard to manifest upgrades in your life? That’s about to change! Today I’m sharing this step-by-step guide on how to manifest anything you desire.

Once you apply this concept, you’ll be on the road manifesting anything you want, and it’ll be fun! 

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. Y

ou 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: Law of Attraction

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.  

If you’ve been stuck in negative thought patterns for a long time, changing your outlook probably feels like a difficult thing to do. That’s perfectly okay! Upgrading your beliefs is a process – I highly recommend you read this article so you can start retraining your brain toward thoughts that serve you better: Best Questions To Ask Yourself Everyday for Self Growth

How To Manifest

Okay, so to answer your question, how do I start manifesting? There are three basic steps to manifesting something:

  1. Ask
  2. Expect
  3. 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.   

vision board in spiral notebook
Here’s an example of a vision board. Print online material or clip images and words from magazines that capture the people, feelings, and experiences that you want to manifest.

Set Clear Intentions

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! In fact, having positive expectations is the secret to manifesting your desires.

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. 

This is the most important step in your manifesting work because it puts you in the mindset to attract upgrades into your life.   

Trust The Law of Attraction

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. 

Start Writing Down Your Manifestation Progress

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. 

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Find your perfect manifestation journal! ✨

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Practice Appreciation

Make it a daily practice to express authentic gratitude for what you already have, trusting 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 write vision board affirmations and pictures from magazines to create a collage on poster board. Or if you prefer, create one on your phone with a free, vision board app like this one by Hay House.

Another option is to just find a comfortable space and visualize in the privacy of your mind. You can do this while daydreaming or during meditation. 

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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.

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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!

Also, understand that this is a cyclical process. In other words, once you manifest your desire, a new one will hatch. This is perfectly natural! From your new vantage point, you’ll begin to set your sights on new things that weren’t previously on your radar. When that happens, simply start with step one again.

What Are Good Things To Manifest

So many people ask this question, and the answer is: anything you want! If you feel positive emotion when you think about having something, then it’s a good match for you.

Most commonly, people want to manifest more of these things:

So I’ll cover some of those topics here, and share some law of attraction exercises to help you manifest each one.

I also want to note here, that often times people think they shouldn’t ask for too much – that they’re being ungrateful for wanting more out of life. This sort of limited thinking will shoot you in the foot! Remember that you DESERVE these upgrades.

How to Manifest Money

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:

Law of Attraction Manifestation Exercises for 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
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How To Manifest Love

You deserve love, my friend! If you want to attract a romantic relationship, there are lots of practical things you can do to prepare.

But my #1 tip for manifesting love is this: focus on loving yourself.

This includes everything, from how you take care of your body to the behavior you put up with from other people.

Because law of attraction is always responding to your thoughts and beliefs, you’re going to attract a partner who feels about you the way YOU feel about yourself. So if you’ve been attracting a bunch of duds, it’s time to start looking for opportunities to love yourself more.

If you need help in the self-love department, read this next: How to Practice Self Love: 11 Life Changing Tips

Law of Attraction Manifestation Exercises for 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 – I highly recommend you try these! It’ll point out exactly where you need to upgrade your beliefs in order to manifest love.
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How To Manifest Health

I have quite a bit of personal experience with manifesting a healthier body. It is incredible how strongly negative emotions can affect your physical wellness.

Your mind, body, and spirit are connected! So if you have physical health issues, it just means you have an opportunity to heal your feelings.

Physical healing can take time to occur, but your body will gradually begin to feel better as you practice these exercises. Remember, it took time for you illness to manifest, so it’ll take time to undo it as well, but it is possible.

If you need inspiration in this area, you can read my story here: How I Reversed My Autoimmune Disease.

I hope it helps you! Now onto our list of activities that will help you to manifest a better feeling body.

Law of Attraction Manifestation Exercises for 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 healing affirmations into your daily routine.
  • Ground your energy daily by focusing on root chakra healing.
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How To Manifest a Job or Career Upgrade

Do you have a clear picture of the career you want that looks nothing like your current reality? Then it’s time to get excited about creating a career upgrade for yourself!

You are absolutely not ‘stuck’, even if it feels that way at times.

Sometimes job hunting can actually drain your energy and become frustrating. This will suck the fun right out of your manifesting efforts! Instead, try thinking of your job search as a rich journey, loaded with opportunity for self discovery and personal growth.

Try these exercises below to shift your vibration. Remember, you’ll attract opportunities you believe you can handle. So anything that boosts your confidence will be an excellent investment right now – even if it’s not directly related to your work.

Your confidence and sense of personal power come from your solar plexus chakra. If you don’t feel self assured, decisive, and empowered, then your solar plexus chakra needs healing. I strongly recommend you check this out next: Ultimate Guide to Healing Your Solar Plexus Chakra

Law of Attraction Manifestation Exercises for Career

  • 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
  • Use job interview affirmations to feel prepared and calm.
  • 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 
  • Read these inspirational quotes by Bob Proctor
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 (ask, expect, receive), 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!

What To Say When Manifesting

The words you choose are shaping your future. In fact you can use them to help you manifest. Positive quotes and affirmations are excellent tools for manifesting. I created these lists by topic so you know what to say when manifesting.. Just keep in mind that affirmations work best when you’re feeling positive and hopeful.

In other words, if you’re feeling doubtful but saying positive words, it’s not going to help you manifest. This is because the law of attraction is never fooled by words you don’t mean! It’s responding to your vibe.

So allow these quotes and affirmations below to uplift your mood and bring you encouragement. Save your favorites so you can repeat them often:

Quotes for Manifesting

I always find it inspirational to read through quotes from my favorite spiritual leaders and industry experts. Here are some quotes for you to explore, ased on what you’re looking to manifest at this time:

Affirmations for Manifesting

If you’re not familiar, positive affirmations are statements you repeat that reflect what you want to manifest. I have put together a bunch of affirmation lists to support your manifesting efforts. Take what you need!

How Long Does It Take to Manifest?

This is a loaded question! While there is no exact answer, you can get a sense for how close you are to manifesting your desires by observing your emotions.

Take a moment now to think about something you want. What’s your first emotional response?

If you feel negative emotions

If you feel frustrated, impatient, and self pity, then you’re a long way off from getting what you want. Why? Because law of attraction is responding to your dominant emotions at all times! You may end up attracting a portion of what you want, or sometimes you’ll end up manifesting your desire and then losing it.

The important thing to remember is no one is keeping you away from what you want. You are never being punished by universe or God – if you’re not getting what you want out of life, it always means one thing: you’re not yet a vibrational match to your desire.

This is good news because you can change that by doing the exercises we talked about above. You are powerful and you can do this! Just be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling, and use the info above to heal your emotions.

If you feel positive emotions

On the other hand, if you find yourself excited and hopeful (even if there’s a little fear mixed in), then your perfectly on tract to manifest your desires. Hooray! You should really take a moment to pat yourself on the back, because most people are unable to feel good about something they don’t yet have. But this is really the only way to intentionally manifest anything.

Your job at this point is to stay positive, notice the ideas that come to you and act on them when you get the impulse to do so. Also, be sure to write down all the little bits of evidence that your desires are starting to materialize. Good things are right around the corner! Just stay in the flow and take action when it feels right.

It all boils down to this: the better you feel now, in the absence of your desire, the closer you are to manifesting it.

There are other ways to tell how close you are to manifesting your desire. If you want to get a clear picture of where you are in the manifestation process, read this: 6 Strong Signs Your Manifestation Is Close

Manifesting Techniques

Here are some of my favorite manifesting exercises – give them a try!

Law of Attraction Books on Manifesting

Law of attraction is such a powerful concept, yet it’s super simple. You can find my favorite inspirational and uplifting books on manifesting with Law of Attraction here: 19 Best Law of Attraction Books To Change Your Life Now

 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.


I hope this gave you a good start on your path toward deliberate creation! You deserve the very best in all things. So stay focused on worthiness and continue to trust the universe. Also, don’t forget you can always ask the universe for a sign.



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Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY, and also holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. Andrea loves helping her readers bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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