What is "Manifesting" all about?
I am sure, as you are interested in becoming successful, you have come across the term "manifesting", or "manifestation". But what exactly does it mean?
The Oxford Dictionary principal definition of "Manifestation" is "an event that embodies something abstract". In other words, you take something that is not concrete, not "real" in the way most people understand this term, and transform it into reality.
The way it is meant in the "personal development and success" world is very similar to this. You have a desire (which is not concrete, but abstract) and turn it into reality.
In the medical world, "manifestation" means the way in which an ailment expresses itself through detectable symptoms. In other words, there is something there which is not visible in itself, but you then become aware of it because it creates something which shows it is there.
Again, this is close to what I believe about "manifestation" when considering success strategies. My wish or desire for something is not visible in itself, but it then creates a result which is very clearly visible.
Notice that in both definitions there must first really be something there, something undetectable but still very definitely there, before the results can manifest. This is certainly the case when considering "manifesting" or "manifestation" as part of a strategy to achieve a certain goal. You cannot simply think it would be nice for something to happen and then assume you have done all that is necessary to manifest it! The seed must be there in the first place if you want the plant to grow.
Actually, it is a jolly good thing this isn't the way "manifesting" works. Imagine the chaos! You have a brief thought that "it would be nice if ..." . Fill in the gap with anything you like. Whatever it is, it may be something you really want, something that is right for you, or it may not.
With most things in life we begin by deciding what we might like to happen. We then think about it and decide whether this really is what we want. If so, we start to make plans to make it happen. And then we start taking actions by following that plan so it DOES happen. At every stage of the way we have the option to change our mind. Even once we have started taking actions we can usually reverse and start again in a different direction if we begin to feel this is not right for us after all. Included in all this is our moral and ethical analysis. Perhaps when we first think of something we would like to happen we don't consider the effect it might have on those around us. I would like to think that I DO consider this first, or at least very early on in the process, but many people only consider this later on - perhaps when they start taking actions and realize that there are negative implications they had not considered earlier. Some people may decide to proceed regardless. Hopefully you are not one of those people! When you recognize that, for example, the goal you wanted to achieve means people around you will suffer I hope you will reflect carefully and either find a different way which will not cause this suffering, or will change your goal entirely.
So it is important that there is time for a "reality" check, time for proper reflection on all the implications, before whatever it is we want materializes. And this is exactly the way manifesting works.
First you have to examine your dream carefully. You must make sure it properly reflects your inner values and that it is something you really want. During this process you will consider not only what it will mean for you but also what it will mean for others. You must spend as much time as necessary embedding your desire for this dream properly. If you have done this properly you will feel an intense emotion when you focus on the dream. That powerful emotion is the "something abstract" that manifestation is going to turn into a real event or series of events.
Having taken the trouble to ensure you are going after the right dream, you must begin to take the actions that will turn that dream into reality. These actions will begin with preparing something physical that will constantly remind you of the dream and why it is so important to you. You will begin turning the "something abstract" into something more physical by giving it a name and writing that down. A name that truly encapsulates whatever it is you want. You will write it down in a way that shows it already has moved from the abstract to a real event. Express it positively in the present moment. State your dream as a goal already achieved. This process is what is often called creating a "vision board" Now all that has to happen is for what you and everyone around you see as "reality" to catch up with true reality.
Do not, though, think that because you have done all this you no longer have to take any other actions. It is most certainly true, as Sophocles said (in 409 BCE) that "heaven ne’er helps the men who will not act", or in the words of Euripedes (428 BCE) "for to the worker God himself lends aid". Do not just sit back and wait for it to happen, but take whatever actions you would take to move towards your dream even if you did not believe in "manifestation". Often, the way manifestation will work is by presenting you with great opportunities. But if you are not doing anything to move towards you dream you will not notice those opportunities and will not take the actions nedded in order to benefit from them.
In this short article I have only touched on the surface of "manifesting", but you should find there is enough here for you to start building on this foundation. Don't stop there though - study all you can on this very important subject and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way to improve your manifesting techniques.