by Ainsley Lawrence,
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder
What does the life of your dreams look like? A loving relationship with your soul mate? A big family? A solo adventure across the globe? A healthier work-life balance?
Whatever your dream life looks like, you can’t achieve it without a healthy dose of self-belief, imagination, and hard work — also known as “manifestation”.
By manifesting your best life, you can start turning your dreams into reality. Here are a few techniques to get you started.
You can only manifest your dreams if your environment is conducive to focus, calmness, and visualization. This means you’ve got to start taking care of your immediate environment and need to stay on top of basic housework chores.
You can make decluttering easier by organizing your home thoroughly and sticking to your organization plan. Thorough organization is important, as a clean living environment can help improve the quality of your sleep and help reduce stress and anxiety. This means your manifesting mind won’t wander to the pile of socks under your bed or the pans that don’t have a permeate home in your kitchen.
Manifestation requires great focus and control over your thoughts. This sounds simple at first, but if you’ve ever sat down to meditate or calm your mind, then you’ll know just how hard it is to stay on track and avoid distraction.
You can improve your chances of focusing by handling your physical response to stress and distraction first. For example, if you find it hard to quiet your mind and visualize your future life, you can start by slowing your breathing and listening to your heartbeat. By regulating your physical response to distraction and stress, you calm your parasympathetic nervous system and make it easier to focus.
If you’re still having a hard time focusing, consider adding something new to your manifestation session. For example, you might go on a run or a walk before you sit down to think about your future life. Or, you might start using a vision board that helps you focus your thoughts through language and images.
Consider a Move
What comes to mind first when you start to manifest your dream life? For most folks, it’s a new home in an ideal environment. This makes sense, as many of us live in homes that don’t suit our lifestyle cause undue stress due to noisy neighbors or a lack of access to natural spaces.
You can make manifestation easier by moving to a new home that supports your mental health. This might sound impossible at first, particularly if your income doesn’t yet match your dreams, but even a small change of environment can make a big difference to your mental health and ability to focus on manifestation.
You also need to bear in mind that the pandemic has re-shuffled the current housing market. This means that the best places to live post-Covid should have immediate access to healthcare, outdoor areas in case of future lockdowns, and should have a pre-established sense of community for you to thrive within. You might assume that you’ll be priced out of homes in this area, but it’s always worth searching online — you never know what you might stumble upon.
Even if you can’t secure a permanent move to a new area, consider moving your body to a new space when manifesting. For example, if you usually manifest while in bed — but find yourself daydreaming rather than focusing on your future — then you should consider heading to a local outdoor area like a park, the beach, or a hiking trail. These natural spaces will help you think clearly, and the change of scenery can help keep your thoughts focused on manifestation instead of embarrassing memories.
Do the Work
There’s a fine line between manifestation and laziness. Manifestation is only useful to you if it emboldens you and helps you make the active choices and decisions you need to make to achieve your dreams. So, no matter how badly you want a lakeside villa and an at-home chef, you aren’t going to achieve anything while daydreaming on your couch.
Instead, use your manifestation as a spark that pushes you towards future success by identifying the gap between your current life and the life of your dreams. For example, if you want to live in a certain area or country, perhaps research the house prices in that area, and calculate how much you’d need to earn to make the move. If your heart is set on it, you should pursue promotions at work or start a side hustle to top up your income and start actively working towards your goal of a new life.
Manifesting your dream life is about more than daydreams and hopes. In reality, manifestation is all about leveraging the power of your imagination to push yourself to work hard and achieve great things. Start by taking care of the small stuff: decliner your house, and take proactive measures to improve your focus. You may need to also make major changes to your life, like moving to a quieter, community-driven area where you can network and work towards your dreams with folks who share your passion for success.
About the Author: Ainsley Lawrence is a freelance writer with an interest in balanced living through education and technology. She loves travelling to beautiful places and is frequently lost in a good book.
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