10 Manifestation Tips for Beginners

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Are you new to manifestation and feeling a bit overwhelmed at the process? Manifestation isn’t complicated, but it’s not as simple as just asking for what you want and then waiting for the universe to drop it in your lap (wouldn’t that be nice, though?) If you feel like you’re struggling, try implementing the following list of manifestation tips for beginners into your manifesting ritual.

Common Mistakes People New to Manifestation Make

The basic premise of manifestation and The Law of Attraction is that you attract the things you constantly think about. Sounds simple, right?

The truth is, it’s not quite that easy. For example, perhaps you’re under a huge amount of financial pressure right now. Bills are mounting, creditors are blowing up your phone.

You want to manifest money so that’s what you’ll start thinking about, right?

But unfortunately, try as you may, you can’t stop thinking about how much financial strife you’re in. You worry that you’ve let your family down. You’re stressed to the max.

And thus, according to the Law of Attraction…

I’m sure you’ve already guessed it. You’re focusing on your negative finances so that’s what you’re going to continue to attract.

Another common problem is you think you know what you want, but you’re actually very vague and non-specific about it. For example – “I just want my life to be better.”

Hmm… That’s not very specific, is it? We all want our life to be “better” but how do you, specifically, want your life to improve?

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it’s ok. You’re not alone. Those are common mistakes that people new to manifestation make. And the good news is, you can change how you think (and what you manifest) with the following tips.

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10 Manifestation Tips for Beginners

1. Get Specific

For the universe to provide you with what you desire, you need to be specific.

Instead of thinking “I want to be happy,” visualize exactly what it is you want that will make you happy. Do you want to meet and marry your soulmate? Visualize that person. What values do they hold? What kind of life do they live?

If debt is an issue, instead of thinking “I want to be out of credit card debt”, visualize yourself writing a check that clears the balance of your loan. Think of your credit card statement with a zero balance.

If you want more money, visualize yourself with the specific sum you desire. Think about exactly what you will do with that money.

Make your list precise, all the way down to the smallest detail.

2. Use Visual Reminders

Visual reminders can help keep you focused on what you want.

If you want a new car, find a picture of the exact car you want. Or better yet, go to the dealership and take the car for a test drive. While you’re there, get someone to take a picture of you in the driver’s seat.

If you desire to manifest more money, write yourself a check in the exact amount you want.

Display these pictures somewhere you’ll see them every day. A great way to do this is to create a vision board that you keep in a prominent place, allowing you to see everything you desire all together.

3. Create a Personal Mantra

A personal mantra is a powerful statement that you repeat to yourself over and over again. You may be thinking that a mantra sounds the same as an affirmation. However, while they’re similar, they are not the same.

A mantra is a personal statement that you create for yourself – you live your life by this mantra – it becomes a part of you.

Every time you slip into negative thinking, repeat your personal mantra to help you re-focus and re-align your energy.

You can also save your mantra as a screensaver on your phone, set it as the wallpaper on your computer, write it on your vision board and on small post-it notes that you keep around your house.

4. Reprogram Your Mind

Reprogramming your mind is an essential part of successful manifestation. Programming (or “re-programming) your mind can be a powerful tool for altering your behavior and thus, being better equipped to manifesting your desires.

Despite your best efforts, it can be very easy to fall into your old way of thinking, focusing on the negative and thus falling into a downward spiral. However, it is possible to change how you think by learning how to reprogram your subconscious mind.

Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Use visualization (see yourself as if what you want has already happened)
  • Try subliminal messaging – you can get 5 free MP3’s to try right here
  • Start a regular meditation practice

5. Practice Self-Care

It may be a current “buzz” term, but practicing self-care is one of the most important things you should be doing for yourself.

You’ve heard the expression, “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” right? If you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t have the energy or desire to do what it takes to manifest what you want.

Eating healthy and exercising both constitute self-care, but self-care goes beyond that – taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally are also extremely important.

Negative self-talk can make you depressed and feel unworthy of the gifts the universe has in store for you. Next time you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, remind yourself that you are worthy, and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

6. Use Positive Affirmations

One of my favorite manifestation tips for beginners is to use positive affirmations. In a nutshell, the Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like” or that you attract the things you constantly think about.

So it makes sense that repeating positive affirmations is a habit you should adopt. Regularly reciting positive affirmations can change the way you think, and changing your internal dialogue is a powerful way to manifest your desires into reality.

7. Practice Gratitude

One of the most effective ways to get more of what you want is to be grateful for what you currently have. No, you may not have everything you want right now. But take a good, hard look at what you do have, and start being genuinely grateful for it.

Practicing gratitude is also one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase your well-being and life satisfaction.

8. Start a Journal

On the topic of gratitude, keeping a journal is a simple practice that “allows you to see your gifts in life as new and exciting, and helps you stop taking things for granted”, according to UC Davis psychologist and expert on gratitude, Dr. Robert Emmons. (1)

In addition to being a helpful tool for increasing gratitude, journaling is also a powerful tool for manifesting your desires.

Start by writing a list (be specific) of the things you desire. Now, imagine that you already have them. Write down exactly how you feel. How does it feel to see your credit card balance paid off? What emotions are rushing through your body? How is your life different? Use these emotions as a motivational tool.

Keep track of when your desires are manifested. What steps did you take to achieve this? How do you feel now that you’ve manifested what you wanted? Is it the same as how you’d visualized it?

9. Stop Letting Others Control You

Author Charles R. Swindoll once said:

“Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.”

While it’s important to let go of people who make you feel less than, unfortunately, it’s not possible to completely remove all negativity from your life, especially in today’s interconnected world.

However, you have the power to decide how you are going to react. Don’t let yourself get sucked into the drama. Don’t allow someone else to dictate your emotional state. Don’t be lead down a path that doesn’t serve you.

10. Look for Signs From the Universe

The universe is constantly speaking to us, but it’s up to us to recognize the signs. Sometimes the universe may give us subtle signs. And sometimes they’re a bit like, well, a slap in the face.

Here are some signs that the universe is sending you a message:

  • Not being able to stop thinking about something
  • Recurring dreams
  • Gut feelings
  • Déjà vu 
  • An opportunity seems to “drop in your lap”
  • Number patterns, such as angel number 1111
  • Synchronicity – e.g., someone you were just thinking about calls you
  • Repeatedly seeing the same animal

If the universe is speaking to you, maybe it’s time to stop questioning and start surrendering.

Final Thoughts

It’s absolutely possible to manifest your desires, but like anything good in life, manifestation takes work to master. Implementing these manifestation tips for beginners will help you change your mindset and open yourself up to the gifts the universe wants to give you.

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  1. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/profile/robert_emmons
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