How to manifest – Step 2 of 3: Take action before you’re ready
As with any dream or desire, once you know what you truly want and why you want it – in other words, once you get clear on your purpose and intention – it stands to reason that you will have to do something in order to get what you want. In the second installment of my “How to manifest” blog trilogy, I’m going to take you through step 2 and what you must do in order for your dream or desire to take shape. I’ll also debunk some myths that get under people’s skin and often stall or even put a stop to the manifestation process.
Step 2: Take action before you’re ready
When I decided to write a book, I had no idea about publishing. I had no contacts. I had no house in the Hamptons to escape for extended periods of time in order to write. I was busy. I had a full time job. I was building a house. I was studying. But I woke up every morning knowing and feeling my purpose and intention. So I made a plan.
…start where you are
Every weekday morning, iPad in hand, I headed out the door an hour-and-a-half earlier each day and found a quiet spot in a local coffee shop. Before work, I made time to write and I enjoyed it. In fact, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee and mellow background cafe music, I really looked forward to this little ritual.
To manifest your dream or desire, you’ve got to take action. That’s the first manifestation myth debunked – manifesting isn’t just about focusing on what you want; you must also take action. Having an action plan helps turn dreams into achievable goals, however it often holds up a lot of people. It frightens them. Action plans makes everything seem a little too concrete, and if you’re a perfectionist you’ll spend far too much time worrying about the nitty gritty details and preparing ground rather than taking action on your dreams or desires. You might even miss crucial opportunities that come your way – opportunities that you attracted just by setting your intention.
In my workshop I’m running with Amanda from Finding Eco – Finding an Inspired Life – we’ll get specific about and share with you the actions we each take to manifest our dreams and desires.
No matter what you do, just do something every day that brings you a step closer to your goal. You might find, like me, that getting into a routine that you look forward to each day helps. To manifest your dream or desire, you’ve got to take action.
….use what you have
Nothing is perfect, but imperfect action beats perfect inaction every time. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Find inspiration in others. Know that if they can do it, you can too. No one in this world has what you have. I had my diary and my experience, and what you have is your intention and purpose.
…do what you can
To manifest your dream or desire, you’ve got to do what you can. We are what we repeatedly do. By connecting to your purpose and intention, and taking action each day, you’ll be alert to and attract the right people and opportunities into your life.
I’d been enjoying my weekday writing ritual for a few months before I came across a notice in the local paper about a writers’ workshop. Three big publishers were coming to my town to talk about pathways to publication and providing opportunities for attendees to pitch their stories. I went. I pitched. I was asked by two of the three publishers to submit my full manuscript for consideration. It was an incredible experience and opportunity and I learned a lot. I thought, yep, as soon as my manuscript is finished I will submit it to these publishers. A few months later, a friend told me about another opportunity – a Hay House writer’s workshop. I booked in. It was incredible to be surrounded by hundreds of people who were equally as passionate and inspired as I was – I actually felt a little out of my depth(!) but just soaked up the experience.
Then, I came home and worked with a graphic designer to create a book cover. I pinned it to a board next to my computer and I see it every day.
Then, earlier this year I was working with Ella from Calicove Creative Studio on a rebranding project for Inspired Mood. I mentioned that I was writing a book and trying to think of ways to communicate what it was about. I said I’d thought of doing a video and Ella said her husband and business partner Brad made amazing videos. So I met with Brad and after a couple of meetings and one filming session during a lunch break from work one Tuesday, we made this video:
You won’t believe what happened three weeks later…