There’s a lot of talk these days about manifestation. One perspective claims that if you focus hard enough on what you want, it will “magically” appear without any further effort on your part.
While knowing what you want is an important first step, it’s just the beginning. Once you get clear on your desires, you need to support their manifestation by aligning all of your energy—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—and bringing to bear all of your resources: time, talents, creativity, experience and money. My great grandmother used to say, “Pray as if everything depends on God. Work as if it depends on you.” While setting an intention is a powerful catalyst, recognizing and taking the next right step—every step of the way—is just as important.
Easy does it.
The key is to keep your approach simple and relaxed—don’t freak yourself out and sabotage your success by setting the bar too high. Encourage yourself with regular pats on the back, breaks for recharging and spontaneous exclamations of “I totally rock.” Any time it starts to feel too hard, ask yourself, “How am I making this much harder than it has to be? What if this is easier than I think?”
Write it down.
The first step toward “manifesting” your desires is to make your wishes tangible by writing them down. Then go about your business. Revisit and refine your vision periodically to provide space for your first thoughts to ripen and mature over time.
Create a simple plan.
Once the changes to your vision dwindle to minimal tweaking and wordsmithing, draft an initial plan for making your vision a reality. Start with a simple list of the major elements needed to bring it to life. Rest, reflect and let things percolate. Revisit your plan periodically and add the next level of detail for each of the elements.
Refine, rest, reflect, repeat.
Continue this iterative process, putting the steps in what feels like the best order. Now focus on just the initial step. You don’t need a highly detailed plan for each step. It’s important to create an initial list of quick and easy things you can do right NOW to create momentum, experience success and start making progress toward your goal. Your initial steps can be as simple as buying a book to do further research, signing up for a class or opening a savings account. Success with initial baby steps will fuel even greater success down the line.
Find an ally.
As the old saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Without collaboration and encouragement, the natural obstacles you encounter along the way may stop you in your tracks. Involve someone who believes in you and your vision and will hold you accountable while providing much appreciated honesty and constructive input. Be careful to share your dream with those who are loyal allies with a healthy sense of self esteem and not those who might be insecure secret saboteurs. In the early days, your dream is a fragile new life form. Only include others who will handle it with the care it deserves.
Engage a professional life coach.
At times like these, many turn to a credentialed life coach for professional quality collaboration and encouragement. With a clear vision, a simple baby step plan, a trusted ally and copious time for rest, reflection and refinement, you will find that you too have the discernment, resilience and commitment to turn your unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities.
What baby step will you take right now to advance your vision?
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