So, you decided to give manifesting a go to help you achieve all your success and abundance. There is so much information out there and you are making vision boards, writing down your goals, meditating and generally being happier. But you still aren’t seeing any results. It makes it difficult to stay grateful in the present and maintain your faith in the universe when this happens. But these are exactly the times when it’s so important to maintain your practices, keep clearing your limiting beliefs and have faith.
But, since manifesting takes time and practice I do recommend doing some troubleshooting often because ultimately a practice so dependant on our emotions is bound to have setbacks which we need to identify and re-align. Becoming a master of manifestation really involves being guided through the steps required to manifest your dreams if you are going to see results come to you, it’s hard to see things about yourself when you are really close up to the circumstances (not impossible, it just takes more discipline). So if you are still struggling after doing some troubleshooting you might like to check out Modern Manifestation – my upcoming course where I walk you through every step in applying manifestation in a practical way to your modern life.
So let’s dive into the most common problems while you assess whether these are holding your manifesting back. Be real and honest with yourself, I know I have made all these manifesting mistakes all at the same time at some time or another. The key is to keep being honest with yourself and keep doing the work.
9 Common Manifesting Mistakes
Focusing on the wrong things
This is the most basic and broadest problem that occurs when manifesting. The law of attraction works very specifically with our subconscious to generate the reality that we desire. The more that you think about something, the more you attract that to your life. When you are starting out with manifesting, goal setting and success building it’s easy to focus on the wrong things. While you are planning your goals and your success it’s easy to look at everything that you don’t have, wish you had or won’t have until “one day” in the future. This kind of thinking completely undermines manifestation because you are only to draw in more of that wanting energy instead of having energy and not actually manifest your desires.
So instead, make sure you are thinking about the thoughts that you want to have in your reality and how you already have them and the things that you are grateful for now, every single day to attract more gratitude and draw in that success that you desire.
Not having a clear desire
If you don’t have a clear desire then the thoughts you are putting out into the universe and implanting in your subconscious are going to be all over the place. You might be thinking happy thoughts and about all the things that you want, but you need super clear clarity on exactly what it is you want for the universe to bring it to you.
You cannot expect to have a reality appear that you can’t very clearly describe or imagine.
The more specific you are in your desires, the more you are going to work towards those specific outcomes and the more you will attract those outcomes to you.
Brainstorming, journaling, list making and comparing the life you have now to your ideal life and what those changes actually look like all help to give you clarity.
Not clearing all your blocks
We all have blocks, and a lot of them. I was one of those people who thought I had maybe just a few big blocks in my life but once I started paying attention I found I had hundreds. And they keep popping up again and again. So if you think you don’t have many limiting beliefs to work through – think again! I am positive you do.
Clearing blocks is not a fun task and can be really emotionally draining, but it is essential to the success of your new reality. And the more you start to clear the more you will see results and actually love tackling those niggling little beliefs that are holding you back.
If you were embarrassed by having money when you were younger then you are most likely going to subconsciously repel having money now in your adult life. If you have no formal education in the field you have chosen you will be more inclined to stay hidden and fear your own talent. If you don’t think you deserve happiness, a partner, a nice house, a holiday or a pay rise, then you are likely never going to have those things.
Whatever your blocks are you need to work on them continuously in order to manifest successfully and keep going back over new blocks as they emerge. I really suggest working through a fear exercise for all your biggest goals so that you start to remove those blocks as soon as possible.
Not working on your technique every single day
Especially if you don’t truly believe that manifestation and the law of attraction works you might just forget to apply your techniques and visualisations. This is a huge manifesting mistake. You have to keep participating in this for as long as it takes. This is part of the journey and without constant forward momentum and constant work you will never apply yourself enough to see results. You must find a way to have faith in the process and faith in yourself. Even if it’s just fake it till you make it kind of faith.
If you find it hard to make time for the techniques every day then just choose one and stick to it, condense it down and just remember to fit it in whenever you can. Make your success a priority and do this for yourself. Jotting down your 3 biggest goals and how they make you feel every morning doesn’t need to take long. And you can even wait until bed to do your visualisation technique every night. Just stick to something and I swear this will start working for you!
Listening to your ego over your intuition
So, so easy to be distracted by shiny and new things. Often things that we don’t even want or need. If you let your flow of energy and concentration wander to things that others have, or instagram shows you then you are sabotaging your success.
Instead, practice listening to the voice inside you that sounds more genuine and often a bit more scary. Follow your gut and be content to repel the norms of society and social media.
Follow your heart and you will not go astray.
Not being grateful and happy in your present moment
This took me so long to stop doing! This was my number one manifesting mistake when it came to manifesting for a long time. I always had the mentality of wanting more, of knowing that I didn’t have it but I needed it. This absolutely destroys the law of attraction’s power for you. You must live in a place where you feel like you already have the success that you desire, because those feelings are the ones that you are going to attract. Otherwise, you are merely going to attract more wanting, needing and not having! The best way that I have found to overcome this is through gratitude journalling. Listing things that you are grateful for, even if you don’t have them yet, and letting that feeling manifest for you.
Maintaining a negative vibrational energy
Do you ever just feel down? Do you ever let yourself stay down and just put it down to a bad day? This, while a completely understandable, reasonable and human condition is not healthy for manifesting success. Like item 6 said, you want to feel like what you are attracting. Feeling down is unfortunately only going to lead to more disappointment and sadness.
To help combat this – have some exercises such as journalling, a playlist, meditation, or a photo of a beautiful and happy memory on hand that you can use to help pull you out of that negativity and back into a positive vibration. This is essential to manifesting and sometimes really hard to combat. So work on it gradually, but just realise that every time you feel down you aren’t attracting to you the life you want to have.
Forgetting you are manifesting all the time
Sometimes we think that manifestation can just be turned on and off when we want. That we are only manifesting when we decide to. But the truth is that we are manifesting constantly. All that manifesting means is that our minds are shaping the reality around us. So every thought that we have, whether they are intentional or not is shaping our reality. We are always manifesting, every single second of every single day. I wish that everyone understood this and that I had understood it earlier. But too often we forget that and allow our thoughts to be passive, unintentional and uninspired. We let our days be dictated by world news events, rude customers or little things going wrong.
To fix this, remember to be in control of your thoughts and intentional about the thoughts you have. Actively remove negative thoughts from surfacing and replace them with inspired thoughts.
We all sit and dream about the future – that’s why you are actually reading this and in search of more abundance and success in your life. And thinking about the future isn’t harmful to your manifesting if you are doing it practically and realistically. When you start to get caught up in that future and how you don’t have it yet, you want it now, and wondering when it will arrive it starts to work against your manifesting. This is something that I do all the time and the manifesting mistake that I need to work on the most. Yes, it feels so good when you are thinking about how much you are going to be able to do/have/be when you are rich or happy or in a new house or on holidays. But in order for the law of attraction to work really well, you need to be able to feel that way about now. When you get caught up in future tripping try and bring yourself back to a grateful present by paying attention to the things around you, making a gratitude list or just saying “this is my present, and I accept it”. Those are pretty powerful words, but if I am any example it still takes time and practice!
You might find that you are struggling with all or just some of these common manifesting mistakes, but there is always a chance to improve, it just takes practice. If you want more guidance and help in getting your manifesting technique exactly right, clearing your blocks and increasing your frequency then sign up to hear more about my upcoming course – Modern Manifestation – where we go through all this and so much more to take you from struggling a success magnet! Sign up here.
Have a wonderful day and manifest something awesome!