I saw this graphic today as I was doing my morning stroll down my Facebook timeline. One of my friends had shared the photo from another site, and included my signature “Make it a great day!” underneath. The photo really caught my attention because it applies to me so well.
How many times during the day do we think of things we want to accomplish, be they big or small, and then immediately think of all the reasons why we can’t? If you’re anything like me, you probably do that quite often. I have a nasty habit of over-analyzing EVERYTHING! Sometimes this is good, because it ensures that all of my decisions were made after having properly thought everything through and considered every imaginable consequence, good or bad. Sometimes though, doing this boxes me into a corner and stops me from taking action on things that I would like to do because I’ve already thought of every thing that could possibly go wrong.
Yesterday I watched a video from Marie Forleo of MarieTV (if you’ve never checked her out before, I urge you to do so – she has great career and life advice – I love her!) which was called “How to Use Manifesting to Get Anything You Want”. In the video, Marie interviews a woman who is presumably a manifestation expert on ways to use the process to bring about positive changes in your life. The woman, who has a very new-age, hippy-dippy feel about her, talks about willing things into existence by simply thinking positive thoughts, and she asserts that you can have anything in the world that you want if you are positive and focused enough.
Now, before we go into my opinions on manifestation, I’ll quickly explain what it is (since I’m sure some of you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about).
Manifestation is defined as simply bringing something into existence. In the context that we think of using manifestation in our lives, it is using the Law of Attraction to bring about what you want or need in your life. The Law of Attraction states that we attract what we are – meaning that if we are positive people, we attract positive things. Similarly, if we are negative people, we attract negative things.
Basically, it’s a very hippy-dippy way of saying you get what you give to the Universe (or God, depending on what you believe in).
For anyone who has ever heard of “The Secret”, you’ll understand what I mean here. Essentially, manifesting and the Law of Attraction are all about willing things into existence in your life by simply thinking positive thoughts about them and eliminating negative thoughts.
Now, all of that said, I am a believer in the Law of Attraction and manifesting… to some extent.
I don’t believe that God or the Universe delivers everything that you need or want to your door step, simply because you asked for it (like ordering from a giant cosmic takeout menu). I don’t believe that starving children around the world will suddenly make food appear or a person with a terminal illness will suddenly be cured, simply because they asked it to be. Sometimes favor is granted in situations like that, but that is exactly what it is: divine favor, not something they did for themselves. Realistically speaking though, most of those children will continue to starve and that person with a terminal illness will complete this phase of their journey most of the time.
I do, however, believe that manifesting works on a smaller scale. For example, Gabourey Sidibe speaks very openly and candidly about having an unconventional look in Hollywood. She has spoken often about how people in the industry and throughout her life have told her that she could never be a famous actress because she “didn’t have the right look” or wasn’t “image-conscious enough”. To that Sidibe simply states that she wanted to be beautiful growing up, and so she went about life as if she were a beautiful woman. Now, the entire world recognizes her talent, grace, and her beauty, and her “unconventional look” has far more defenders than detractors at this point. She decided she was beautiful and she is, she decided she would be an actress and she is, she decided she would be famous and she is.
Henry Ford said it best: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Manifestation and the Law of Attraction are not some magic way to get everything you want from the Universe by simply saying that you want it. Instead, it is a mindset that allows you to create positive energy within yourself and overcome whatever negativity you can dream up. Being positive motivates you to get out of your own way and start living your life according to your purpose. You already have the tools inside of you; all that is required of you now is that you put those tools to good use working toward your dreams and goals. Understand that changing your mindset doesn’t happen overnight. As with any bad habit, it takes time and focus to overcome negative thinking. Still, with determination and commitment, you will be able to see the positive effects of positive thinking quickly. Focusing your energy on to a few clear goals allows for better space in your mind to reach those goals. When you believe that you have the ability to do something, you’ll be amazed by all the opportunities that are placed before you to do so.
If you want to learn more about manifestation, check our MarieTV’s video below. Then, take a few minutes each day to focus on changing a negative thought that you have into a positive one. You’ll be able to notice the difference very quickly, and I’m sure you’ll have positive results to share with me soon!
Have you ever used the Law of Attraction and manifesting to make something happen in your life? We want to hear from you! Leave me a comment below about whether or not manifesting has worked for you and how you feel about it!
Thanks for reading – make it a great day everyone!