Ways to Manifest Your Dreams and Achieve Goals
The scene in your dreams opens on a white sand beach. There is an above water villa. The inside is
wonderfully decadent. Just by looking around the room, you know it’s luxurious and exclusive. A happy couple is outside splashing in the water. They are thoroughly enjoying their private slice of paradise.
Sounds good, right? What’s not to like. Whether it be about that trip to Paris, we all daydream the dream house in the affluent neighborhood, the dream job with the corner office.
Know how to manifest your Dreams and Goals
Everyone dreams. But there are a small few who are actually able to make the transition from dreams to reality. We could say it all has to do with the luck of the draw, but that’s not it. The truth is, when you compare the stories of many people who were able to realize their dreams, you will find common threads within all of their stories. The average person CAN reach their dreams (without relying on picking the winning lotto numbers). I am a people person, so I’m going to share some tips on manifesting your dreams.
Tip #1: “See” it to Achieve it
Experts across different fields agree that visualization is key. Many famous success stories credit visualization with helping them to achieve their goals. Jim Carrey had told a story about how, when he was a poor and struggling comedian, he wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars for “services rendered.” He kept that check-in in his pocket as a constant reminder of where he wanted to reach. In 1994, he was paid exactly 10 million dollars for his role in the movie Dumb and Dumber.
Visualization is the technique of holding an image of where you want to be in your mind’s eye (also try to feel the authentic feeling of what it would be like to realize your specific dream). By doing this, you will get your subconscious to kick in and work towards that goal.
Another way to visualize is to create a vision board. This is where you take a poster board and then get some magazines and cut out pictures, quotes, words, graphics that have to do with your specific goal. You can then hang this board on the wall as a daily reminder of where you want to be and how you want to live.
Tip #2: Focus on what you want
This may seem obvious, but many people do this wrong. Instead of focusing on what they want, people focus on what they DO NOT want. The Law of Attraction teaches that the universe does not process negatives, only energy. If you put your energy into thinking, “I don’t want it to rain,” the universe only processes “rain.” So what’s another way to look at this? You could focus your mind on thinking, “I want the sun to shine.” Both thoughts want the same outcome, but one focuses on what you actually want instead of what you don’t.
Another example, instead of thinking, “I don’t want to be overweight,” you can think, “I want to be fit and healthy.” Same idea. But one has a negative connotation, and the other is more positive.
Tip #3: Focus, focus, focus
You’ve set the goal. You can see it in your mind’s eye. Now FOCUS or Follow One Course Until Successful (I threw an anagram in there for you to keep it interesting). By focusing on your goal, you will constantly work towards it. Create a list of small goals you need to achieve to reach the ultimate goal. If it’s your goal to be a homeowner in 2 years, start your research. Where would you like to live? What is the price of the home you are interested in? What’s the minimum down payment needed? How is your credit score? Once you do your research, set small goals that you can reach. Perhaps you need to save $500 per month for 24 months to have enough to put down. Perhaps you need to start improving your credit.
Once you break down what is needed, it will be easier to take all the little steps
necessary to meet the ultimate goal. You can also meditate about your goal. Create a daily affirmation that will help you reach the goal. Don’t relegate it to the “junk drawer” of your mind; keep your dreams in the forefront, and focus and be open to achieving them.
Tip #4: Gratitude is the name of the game
There is a school of thought that says to allow more abundance into your life, you first must be grateful for what you’ve already been given. It makes sense if you think about it. If I’ve given you a bottle of water, and you are not thankful for it (perhaps you’re even disdainful of it), and then you demand a bottle of pop, my response is going to be “No ma’am!”. There is no way I’m going to provide anything to anyone who is not thankful for what they have already been given. The same goes for the “universe.” Why should you be given more opportunities and more successful if you are not grateful for what you already have?
Feel like you don’t have anything? Well, you’re alive and breathing, right? Be grateful for that. By being grateful for what you already have, you open yourself up to more abundance.
Tip #5: Let it Go
The past can act as a leash, holding you to a life you no longer want to be living. If you want something new for yourself, you really have to let go of your fears, worries, and prejudices, even if they are based on past experiences. So something didn’t work out the first time, that’s no reason not to try again (and learn from the past mistake so you won’t repeat it). Many people are holding on to past hurts that they have not left room for new opportunities to enter their lives. An anagram for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Don’t let this false evidence control your life. Let go of heavy feelings and negative thoughts holding you back. Once you do this, you will have a more positive frame of mind and will release positive energy into the atmosphere.
Tip #6: Keep the faith
Nothing happens overnight. Depending on your particular dream, this could be a process of many years to get to where you envision yourself. Are you an undergrad looking to become a brain surgeon? Then you know you have over 10 years to realize that dream fully. That’s a long time before reaching the ultimate goal. Set small milestones along the way that you can celebrate that will help keep you on track. No matter the goal, keep the faith.
The universe is working in your favor; you are focused and visualizing your dreams. It will happen. Everything worth having is worth waiting for.
Tip #7: Work!
The bible states, “Faith without works is dead.” This means it’s not enough to have faith that something will happen. You have to work towards it as well. This is not a magic show, with things appearing out of thin air. Work is needed too. Do you want to be an actor?
Well, you’ll have to go to an audition or two. Want to be fit? You’ll have to eat right and exercise. Want to learn to drive? You need to take a class, or at least have a friend teach you. No matter the goal, you will have to put in the sweat equity and actually work towards the goal. Don’t worry! You’ll make it there.
A famous quote says, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” Define what you want out of life, and use these tips to help you take that first step.
Don’t dream your life. Live your dreams.