How To Manifest Anything You Desire In Life

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I'm answering a question I get asked IRL a lot: How to manifest anything you desire in life? Yup, you read that right, manifest anything in your life! Sound to good to be true? Well it isn't! I do believe it's important to get in the right mindset before you start manifesting and learning how to set intentions for manifesting can seriously help out too BUT even if you don't do those things, you can manifest something into existence instantly (and probably already are!) and you'll learn that in this post! I've lived the seven steps I am going to share with you today and they really have allowed me to manifest anything I desire in life! I promise that if you practice them and make them a part of your lifestyle, you will attract what you want! But you really have to work them!

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A little background if you're new around here: Before starting my own business, and then this blog, I worked a 9-5 as a substance abuse counselor on the road to burn out. Realizing where I was headed, #burnoutcity; I became the poster child for self-care: yoga at lunch, morning meditations, daily exercise, nutrition packed well-balanced meals, but I was still miserable.

So miserable in fact, that I got myself fired twice because I was such a “joy” *sarcasm* to work with! Getting fired was the best thing for me because it was a wake up call. I knew I needed to listen to the voice inside of me and launch my own business. At 24 years old, I was in the midst of a full-blown quarter life crisis. I had just earned my master's degree not even two months before all of this blowing up in my face, and found myself questioning whether I wanted to stay in the industry. What type of business would I even start if I went off on my own?!? How would I support myself?

The hubs (then boyfriend) pulled me out of my tailspin one night. He sat me down and had me list all the characteristics and qualities of my dream work life. Number one, was being able to stop to watch Ellen every day. Number two, I wanted to help others, #priorities ?. The list went on and on from there. Everything was written out. From what my daily schedule would look like, to the things I did and didn't like in past jobs. With a super clear vision of what I wanted, and didn't want in a career, I decided to get back into my daily meditation and daily yoga practice.

For 40 days, I started and ended my day with a meditation using May Cause Miracles by Gabby Bernstein, I set hourly pop up reminders on my phone to refocus on what I was trying to manifest. Started a daily journal to get all the blocks and dreams out of my head and into the Universe. And guess what?? It worked! That year, I made just as much as a life skills coach as I did in my 9-5, and only worked a third of the amount of time! That was 2014, it's now 2020, and each year, my business has been more and more profitable, and I've gotten clearer and clearer on my vision. I've truly lived and learned the power of manifestation firsthand and I'm sharing the secret to manifesting with you! Before we get into my 7 steps to manifest anything you sure I want to answer a FAQ:

What does manifestation mean spiritually?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, spiritually means “relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” With that in mind, manifestation essentially means bringing something into existence in the material or physical world through our thoughts, energies, feelings, beliefs, and desires.

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List of 7 Steps To Manifest Anything You Desire:

Step 1: Clarity.

If you didn't pick that up by my little story, then here's a reminder: you need clarity on what you're trying to manifest in order to manifest anything! The more clear you can be about what you're asking the Universe for the better. 

Example of writing a manifestation:

I want to help millennial moms with finding and developing sustainable, profitable careers they are passionate about and teach them all about #adulting and momming in terms of parenting hacks, money saving tips, and create a home they love (affordably), while still getting to binge Netflix, travel the world, and enjoy their platonic and intimate relationships. All of that was actually part of my original vision when going off on my own in 2014 (because #realtalk: that's all the things I wanted to know too!).

Example that's not going to work: I want to help millennials adult.

… uh, okay cool, good luck with that.

Clarity is key. Get clear on wants, don't wants, all the characteristics, qualities and tiny details! In fact, writing down what you want can help you manifest faster when working with the law of attraction!

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Step 2: Dump limiting beliefs and blocks.

Before getting into how to ask the Universe to deliver and all that jazz, you have to get rid of all the things holding you back. Manifestation is about energy, and we need to clear some in order to manifest faster and with success.

We all were given messages as children. Some were related to our careers or finances or relationships, and we internalized those messages. These messages allowed us to create trust with the Universe (re: faith) or fear that we will never have or be good enough. Before you can truly make that vision you had come true, you need to acknowledge all the things holding you back.

Example: I want to manifest the relationship of my dreams!

Not going to work: “Well, I wrote out the dream partner for me in life. I even visualized him, our wedding day, our kids, and growing old together! I know exactly the characteristics I'm looking for now and won't waste my time with losers, now he should instantly appear in my life, right?!?” 

Going to work: I wrote down and got super clear on the characteristics of my ideal partner. Then I asked myself, could I offer these characteristics to a partner today? In doing so, I realized that I don't have unconditional love for myself, so how can I truly offer that to someone else? For the next 30 days I'm going to journal and bring awareness to my negative self talk and limiting beliefs that tell me “I'm not good enough” and start working on those. I have to take care of me before the Universe can take care of me if I want to manifest something into existence instantly! 

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Step 3: Ask the Universe

Yeah… probably should've saw that coming!

So, now that you are clear on the reality you are manifesting, working on creating open channels of manifestation energy by removing the limiting beliefs and blocks, you can begin putting it out to the Universe.

>> Pay attention to how you are asking the Universe for these things! <<

A lot of people make the mistake, without realizing, to ask the Universe for things in a “scarce” or “victim” mindset. What do I mean by that?

A person with a scarcity mentality:

“Oh please please please Universe help me find my dream partner by So & So's Wedding! I can't wait any longer! I will do anything, and I know you are going to take care of me, but can we speed this up?!?”

Clearly, this person doesn't really believe the Universe is going to take care of them, or they wouldn't be making a desperate plea, bargaining, and putting a timeframe on when they want their demands met. Its comes back to the scarcity mindset; the idea that if I don't have a date by So & So's wedding, then there just isn't someone out there for me! Whether that's what someone intended to say or not, it doesn't really matter because it's the energy behind the words.

A person who is on the road to manifesting:

“It would be great to meet someone by So & So's wedding, but I know there's a plan for me and I'm willing to wait for the right person. I trust the Universe is going to take care of me when the time is right. Today I ask for self-love to fill me up so much it overflows onto love for others and attracts the right people into my life.” …Big difference, huh? In this example, the person understand the 3 parts of manifestation.

3 Parts of Manifestation:

  • Attract,
  • Create,
  • Manifest

When willing something to happen, you have to realize that our thoughts manifested our reality. Meaning the energy and vibrations we attract, we create more of, and ultimately become our manifested reality. 

I always get asked, “how to manifest anything instantly?”

And the truth is, you already are. Your entire reality is a manifesting based off your thoughts and perceptions. This 7 step process to manifest anything you desire in life is design to help you clear our blocks from the conscious and subconscious mind, in order for your to attract more positivity and become a magnet for your deepest desires.

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Step 4: Take Action.

The Universe isn't just going to drop all of your hearts desires at your doorstep. Follow these steps based on the law of attraction and do the work if you want anything to manifest itself! Get into a daily practice of taking a step towards clearing the way and working towards what you're trying to manifest.

To continue with the “life partner” example:

Don't just wake up and ask the Universe for a partner every day.

Do put yourself out there. Take yourself on dates. Invest in becoming the type of partner you want to be with. Go on 52 dates in 52 weeks, heck start a blog about it to hold yourself accountable if you need! Chances are the pizza delivery dude isn't exactly what's on your list of “dream partner” so you have to actually put it out there that you are looking to meet people!

*Since we are on the topic of relationships, highly recommend “Get The Guy” by Matthew Hussey!

Identify one to two daily action steps you can take for whatever you are trying to manifest! Even if some days that goal is to actively trust the process, and rebut negative or doubting thoughts that creep into your mind (because they will).

Step 5: Acknowledge What You're Receiving

Listen, I get it, we live in a fast-moving environment today, but the old adage, “stop and smell the roses” really comes to mind when manifesting.

You see, if your mind is focused on what you don't have it's doing the opposite of the 3 parts of manifestation (attract, create, manifest).

If things aren't working as quickly as you'd like, you will miss out on the small victories. So celebrate those small wins to attract and create more of them on your manifesting journey!

You have to acknowledge the victories if you want to continue to find trust and faith in the process. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to signs from the Universe that it has your back. It could be someone acknowledging a change in you, a quote on social media that was exactly what you needed to hear that day, or even a smile from a stranger that warms your heart. Stay open, be present, and take note as the law of attraction is working!

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Step 6: Keep Vibrations High

I am an energy person. I believe in attracting what you're putting out into the Universe. It's crucial to stay at a high vibration and positive place if you want to manifest your dreams.

Limit negative self talk or negative conversations and people around you. Pay attention to when jealousy or comparison gets you down, and switch out those tasks for things that give you confidence and inspiration. A daily mindfulness practice is essential. It's also why I recommend starting with something like A Course In Miracles or May Cause Miracles (the “millennial” version of ACIM), to get you in the habit of a daily practice. Really there are tons of apps out there for meditation and inspiration today, that there's no excuse to not take a mindful moment every day.

Step 7: Repeat.

Look at all the steps above, and repeat them. Work them. Manifestation is a practice that you need to continue to work.

Some sample questions to help you revisit and repeat the above:

Revisit your vision, and ask yourself, “can I make this clearer?”

Revisit your blocks or limiting beliefs and ask, “how can I let go of this resistance? Are my thoughts or mind manifesting something different?”

Revisit your how you're asking the Universe for support and ask yourself, “how can I ask for the characteristics or qualities I need to manifest my dream rather than the tangible dream itself?”

Revisit your action steps, and ask yourself, “am I stagnant? how can I challenge myself?”

Revisit how you're acknowledging things, and ask yourself, “did I stop celebrating my wins? how can I be more present to the signs that the Universe has my back?”

Revisit your vibrations and ask yourself, “am I doing something daily to keep my vibes high? am I hanging with the wrong tribe?”

Revisit your repetition of all of this and ask yourself, “how can I up level this or bring in more support from others to get a deeper understanding of manifesting?”

I'm keeping my positivity and energy levels vibing high! I have faith you will manifest your desires into existence!

Do you have a manifestation practice? How do you manifest anything in your life? Let me know in the comments!


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List of 7 Steps To Manifest Anything You Desire:

  1. Clarity

  2. Dump limiting beliefs and blocks

  3. Ask the Universe

  4. Take Action

  5. Acknowledge What You're Receiving

  6. Keep Vibrations High

  7. Repeat

Updated on June 18, 2020

101 thoughts on “How To Manifest Anything You Desire In Life”

  1. Hey Rachel ? These tips are so enlightening! Thank you so much for sharing them! And yeah i do agree that getting clear on wants, don’t wants is key to manifesting what you want, and definately taking action!
    Thanks again for sharing these amazing tips?

    Lindsay |

  2. These are all great tips. Instead of Universe insert God for me 🙂 I think having a mindset of change and really focusing on what you want and taking action to get it is what works. Thanks for these ideas, great post Rachel

  3. This is a great post. It’s so hard to stay focused in todays world with all the distractions of life. Taking time to meditate and set your intentions can make such a difference. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I LOVE and needed this so much! Taking action is usually my biggest problem and I never know why. I’m such a procrastinator, but with life it’s more so needing that extra push!

  5. I love that watching Ellen was your first priority, haha! But this post is seriously so great. I bookmarked it + I will share it on Twitter!!

  6. This is really such a great post! I completely believe in all of this and that’s the reason I started my blog- because it’s my passion which I am not getting in my current 9-5

  7. This is such an inspiring and well written post. I think the main takeaway (though you don’t outright say it) is that to manifest anything takes patience and we have to get out of our “instant gratification/results” mentality as well.

    1. yes! It really takes practice! i look at a lot of the woo-woo spiritual stuff as a muscle, you have to constantly work it and practice to get better and for it to come more naturally. The recovery time when you’ve gone off course because shorter when doing so. But if you’ve been a “couch potato” for a long time, it’s going to take a little longer to see the results yo udesire!

    1. haha so when i do coaching packages obviously mindset is interweaved into sessions and we usually do one dedicated session to it- but honestly its my least favorite thing to coach people on! So much of the work needs to be done between sessions and sometimes people want a magic solution forgetting that its a daily practice!

  8. I love this so much, knowing that we create our own reality I try to keep my vibrations high but there always those times when life can decide to turn for a second but still reminds me that contrast is great to show me that my vibration was in a wrong direction and I need to tweak it and stay happy as much as I can. Thank you once again.

    1. yes! I love that perspective! I notice it happen in my life too, when my vibes get low how everything shifts, and it’s always a good reminder to course correct and revisit some of these steps! and almost immediately things start coming to me again!

  9. I love this! I would say I am lacking in clarity sometimes and tend to skip a few steps.

  10. Amanda Cummings

    Thank you for this! I’m about to turn 22 and I’m still feeling really lost in life. I want to hopefully turn blogging into a full time job but the motivation is really difficult sometimes because blogging is a very saturated market. But this gave me some motivation. Thank you so much!

    Amanda |

    1. yes! If you want to manifest a successful blog, the best advice I can give you is to forget that its a saturated market and focus on what you’re doing and celebrating your victories! if you are consuming too much of other peoples content or focusing on saturation, you won’t make room in your mind/energy field to experience success or wins! If you go through my past blogging posts with this post in mind, I think it would really help you find some motivation!

  11. Ugh, Rachel. This was SO helpful. I’ve been hearing about something similar to this (manifesting and all that jazz), but I’ve never taken the time to sit down and do some research/reading up on it. You explained this so clearly, in a no-nonsense way. I always thought it would be super complicated, but this is definitely something I want to adopt.

    Love: “A lot of people make the mistake, without realizing, to ask the Universe for things in a “scarce” or “victim” mindset.” Pretty sure I’ve been doin’ that, haha. No mas!

    BRB, gonna go stalk all your other posts similar to this one!

    Tendril Wild

    1. yes!! i actually havent written a ton of posts on this side of my life, just because i didnt think people owuld be interested, but the response to Amina’s guest post on the abundance mindset was so good, and people kept asking me about it more afterwards that I decided to write this! Let me know if you have more questions, because I would love to write more on this topic!

    1. I don’t know if its that you need to push harder, but know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in your social media growth. when you’re truly grateful for where youre at, your vibrations will rise and it will make more room for growth!

  12. Elizabeth Johnson

    Love this! So thought provoking. I love how you address clarity. Knowing exactly what you want. I never understood why people got so bent out of shape about not getting what they want if THEY didn’t even know what they wanted in the first place. And take action. Go out and make things happen. Life is hard and takes lots of work. Really great post!!

  13. Ashley Vickney

    Rachel this is one of the best posts I’ve read on your blog! I need to manifest some shizzzz right now, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

  14. I’ve been working more on manifesting and affirmations lately and it’s definitely been working. Have an abundance mindset definitely sets you up for success.

  15. thesophiadiaries

    These are definitely all great tips!!! I totally believe that if you overthink things, you won’t be able to get anything done.

  16. Mira MindOverLatte

    Great guide! I totally believe in positive thinking and positive psychology, Personally, I find that the more I’m grateful for the things I already have, the more blessed I become with the things I wish for.

  17. This is one of the most concise and understandable posts on the law of attraction that I have EVER read. And I’ve read a lot! I read May Cause Miracles and I have it on my kindle again right now actually! I also tried reading You are a Badass but couldn’t get into it because it’s not Gabby Bernstein, haha. It is amazing how you were able to manifest the life you have today! I’d love to hear more of your story from before you sat down and wrote out your vision for your life! Positive thinking and high vibes are such a lifechanger!

    1. Awe you’re too kind Amanda!! I felt the same way about You are a badass!! I thought i was the only one!! I had to stop after a few chapters! yes! I think i may do an insta-live today about manifesting my husband in particular (which was before i wrote out everything).

  18. OMG! I love this post!! You made so many good points about dumping whats blocking me! Thank you so much for this! I am pinning it so I can refer back to it later :)!

  19. These are so true!! I think it’s so important to be detailed and clear. I think putting yourself out there and taking action is so important! I see so many people out there complaining about things but yet they never put themselves out there and make things happen.

  20. Tanya Bricking Leach

    I would love to be able to “manifest anything!” Sounds like a magic wand. But your practical advice is right on.

  21. Wow this is a great post I have come across. I think its complicated for me right now as I am pregnant. But thinking positive and having good vibes around does work 🙂

  22. Great post! I love all of these tips! It’s so nice to see them written down and explained. It made everything very clear and provides a concise plan of action to follow. I can’t wait to start implementing this in my life. Also, your journey of having your own business was truly inspiring. I see myself going down that same path but don’t have my vision as solid as I want it yet. But I’m working on it. Thanks for the inspiration, love!
    xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

  23. Love this! I’ve been reading a lot about manifesting lately, but I haven’t seen anyone break it down as clearly and step-by-step as this. Thank you so much! Off to manifest. 🙂

  24. Jessica Bradshaw

    I know these so much. My husband is a big believer in dumping limiting beliefs. He always encourages me to do the same. Great tips!!

  25. I would be really interested to hear more about your past career- I think it’s so interested how you started blogging after doing that!
    Putting yourself out there is so important. Something I’ve been trying to do after moving to a new state a few months ago for work!!

    xoxo A

  26. Rachel I love this post so much! I currently work 9-5 and I can the life being sucked out of me; my boyfriend can see it too. My goal within the next year is to start a blog consulting business and your articles and tips give me so much hope that I can actually make this business and my dreams a reality ❤️

  27. Great tips and very ‘the secret’-ish 🙂 I think the clarity portion is really important and you definitely need to stay positive when going after your vision. It’s all about putting good vibes out into the world (which is one of my favorite things to do!!) and being thankful for every blessing and opportunity that comes your way.

  28. You are ALWAYS so inspiring, R. I loved this post. Saving to share with all my friends and my mom and everyone I know.

  29. As always, la la la love this post, Rachel! Once I began believing in the Universe, my world began changing. I am not religious, so this has become my new belief. And.. boy, it works! Anyone who is poo pooing this “woo woo” stuff is doing is wrong. They also might not be ready to open themselves up yet, which is fine. I wasn’t able to until early this year. The more you continue these practices, the less shitty your life is! That’s because you are able to deal with things and move forward with so much more grace & ease. xx

  30. Corey Wheeland

    This is such an awesome post. I’m all about taking action — and in the direction of all of the things I want! The thing I struggle with the most are those things that happen that are out of my control, but I always remind myself life can have detours, too, and still get to where we are meant to be!

  31. Chandler Larsen

    Yes yes yes!!! I love this so much and can be applied in so many ways. It is so true and I know it first hand. A big thing for me this year was that we wanted to be debt free. I knew I was a big part of that problem so I sat down, identified my why’s for my goal and figured out where my biggest weaknesses were. From there I told EVERYONE about my goal so they could hold me accountable.

    I knew I needed the help or I wouldn’t stay motivated. 8 months later we are almost there. You absolutely have to work for what you want! It’s much more rewarding that way anyways!

  32. Super Millennial

    This is an awesome post! I love “dumping limiting beliefs” and taking action. Those are two topics that I read/listen to often including Tony Robbins. Once I ditched mine and started taking action life has been so much better!

  33. Michelle/

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m a big believer in the Law of Attraction

  34. Christine Martinez

    #2 is the hardest thing for me! The brain is so powerful yet full of doubt. I’m working on breaking through that.

  35. These are all really great steps. I definitely struggle most with dumping limiting beliefs and blocks, but I’m working on it!

  36. Awesome! I’ve really been thinking A LOT about my goals (quarter-life crisis, maybe? Ha ha!), and this post is so helpful!

  37. I definitely manifest, though I guess I’ve never really thought about it that way… but I think the main thing is to be OPEN.

    Case and point, I spent YEARS looking for a new job because I was miserable… but I wasn’t looking very hard. I was afraid about making less money, I was good at what I did, I had it pretty cushy, the hours weren’t too demanding… but god was I MISERABLE.

    Then one day my boss said to me “enough. you need to make a change. there is nothing here for you. We’re not firing you but you need to move on”

    Talk about a slap to reality… within 30 minutes I applied to a job. Within 2 hours they emailed me back. Within 4 days I had the interview, and 2 weeks after that I am working at a new job that I LOVE! and you know what, the hours are long, and I’m still learning and I did make less money… until I decided I was worth more and got myself a raise back to above my previous pay grade within less than 7 months of working there!

    ANYWAY, long rambles aside: I think manifesting and clarity are important, but so is not getting in your own way. I think part of manifestation is that you’re acutely aware of the opportunities to have your dreams come true, rather than blocking them with negativity.

    Love this post. want the 7 steps on a tshirt/tote bag!

    Laura @

  38. This is such an informative post Rachel. I have been trying to get into meditation and visualizing my goals but it doesn’t come naturally to me. I realized manifestation is totally a skill that needs to be practiced and I feel like this post breaks down the steps and makes it feel SO achievable.

    1. Thank you! Yes, i think a lot of people think manifestation is all about visualization and this big long meditation, but it can really be done with some simple push notifications reminding you throughout the day on your phone!

  39. I feel this on so many levels! Right now I’m kind of in a rut on the direction I want to go in/I know where I want to go, I just don’t know how to get there. I read this at the right time, so now I’m bout to go manifest a future for myself 🙂

  40. Step 4 and 5 are my favorite, but I feel like step 7 is the most important! It’s one thing to achieve something once, but to be able to repeat it, to continue to push yourself- that’s the most rewarding!

  41. I love this post so much! It really just reinforces my belief that the only thing preventing you from doing anything is yourself. If you keep an open mind and your thoughts positive, you can do/have anything. Make the effort, stay focused, and it will come.

  42. Robert Stukowski

    You have proposed an interesting concept. I done a few of these things already with varying levels of success. Maybe I am missing something important. Either way, thank you for the tips.

  43. Hannah Palamara

    I love this post! Its so inspiring and makes me want to get out and conquer my goals.

  44. Elizabeth Brico

    I would call myself a half believer in this manifesting stuff. I don’t know if I believe in it, but I kind of do. I guess it’s worth a try. I could definitely benefit from being more positive and “celebrating my wins” more, even if it doesn’t pan out and manifest all my dreams.

    1. haha you sound like my husband! I think a lot of manifesting also comes down to what lens you are looking at the world through. For instance, if you look at all your wins, you will continue to find more, if you only look at what you don’t have, you wont notice what you do! it’s all perspective

  45. Love this post so much!! I DEFINITELY need to work on clarity. I seem to just jumble things together and hope things work out hahah.

  46. Valarie Thomas

    Very nice. Just what I need. I’m working on manifesting somethings in my life.

  47. This is the best post ever. I too have worked through this process – and you have nailed it. 3 Cheers to the “Power of Positive Thinking.”

  48. I keep reading about the law of attraction/manifesting and been so interested in it —love this! x

  49. I feel like with some of the examples in the blog post the title should be “How to MANifest anything in your life” haha. But overall! I love the steps you give – this is wonderful advice for personal development.

  50. My boyfriend just came back from a Tony Robbins event and shared a lot of the same sentiments. Especially clarity — without out, it’s difficult to know what you’re working towards and it’s also more difficult to commit to something that feels vague 😛

  51. I love love love this! I have a gratitude journey I write in daily (well, almost daily) but it helps a lot with manifesting each day. People don’t realize the impact on mindset and it’s much needed!!! Thanks for writing this 🙂

  52. Hi Rachel, I do a lot of coaching in this area, particularly with millennials. One of the cornerstones of my work is Ikigai. And I see a lot of similarities in what you’re saying in this blog. Excellent article.

  53. Kelsey Caroline Nagel

    Love these steps! Reminds me a lot of the book “Think and Grow Rich”, all about manifesting your goals by constantly imagining yourself where you desire to be. Of course, it’s not just about thought, the thought should inspire action! Great post!

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