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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest

Manifestation is so exciting. But what if you don’t know what to manifest?

When you first discover the Law of Attraction, it’s hard not to get drunk on your own potential.

But I’m the first to admit there’s also a dark side to this kind of power.

Sometimes we think we don’t know what we want to manifest.

It all seems so overwhelming and scary!

What if I pick the “wrong” thing?

What if I don’t like what I manifest?

What if there are just so many things I’m interested in that just I don’t know what to choose?

So please don’t feel like a giant weirdo if the LoA has got you freaking out just a bit!

While it might seem like everyone else in the world knows EXACTLY what they want to create, that’s not the reality.

There are always times when the answers don’t come so easily or where inspiration fails to strike.

Despite the glossy and Instagram-perfect appearances, no one has it all figured out!

Everyone’s just doing the best they can with the information they have.

Creating your dream life is a lengthy process and (not usually!) a magical overnight experience.

So with that in mind, here’s a guide to help you figure out what’s truly bothering you so you can face your fears head on and start making progress again:

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest: An 8-Part Guide

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #1:

Forget Finding The “Perfect” Intention

Back when I was picking my major in college, I was all kinds of freaked out by what I should pick. Which of course is perfectly understandable! It’s a big decision; you will have your degree forever so the pressure is on to make sure it’s the RIGHT one.

I wish someone back then had told me that there’s no such thing as the perfect decision!

We largely go into panic mode because we don’t want to make a mistake.

We get so freaked about by being “wrong” that we just don’t do anything. It’s important to realize that taking any action is better than choosing nothing.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #2:

We Only Learn By Doing

We’re all just making the best decisions that we can at the time. And we certainly don’t learn by thinking or researching or panicking while laying on our bed in the middle of the night.

We only learn by doing. Now that we know there aren’t any “right” and “wrong” choices, we can start moving forward and taking action.

Think of this as pure data collection: every choice you make simply gives you more data about what to do next.

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Manifest

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #3:

You Don’t Have To Keep It Forever

Another common block when it comes to manifesting is thinking that you’ll have to hold onto your manifestation wish forever.

But that’s totally untrue!

Gifts tend to be highly associated with a lot of Puritanical judgment. But you can opt out of all that icky-feeling judgment! There aren’t any old-fashioned gift-keeping rules when it applies to your own life!

It’s common to harbour a lot of guilt around gifts and some of us (myself included!) tend to attach all that stuff to our metaphysical gifts too.

But all that guilt and drama is ENTIRELY our own invention. Which means you can also choose to opt out of it!

In other words, it’s definitely okay to manifest something in, play with it and move onto the next thing. You don’t have to keep a gift sitting around on a shelf just in case your great-aunt surprises you with a visit!

There won’t be any hard feelings from the Universe! The whole idea here is to pursue feeling good! So don’t be afraid to honour that. You certainly won’t be punished for continually upgrading your life.

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #4:

You Were Meant To Grow

Nobody is meant to stay the same forever! We’re constantly expanding, just like the Universe itself. It’s actually unnatural for us to get in a rut! Stagnation goes against our very way of being; that’s why it feels so weird and icky.

As this ever-evolving being that you are, you’re constantly learning new things about life. And that means your desires will be growing and changing too. Which also means that you get to ask for new (bigger! better!) things.

Bigger and better things are in fact the whole point! So don’t worry about being greedy and asking for “too much”. Again, all that weird judgment comes purely from our own blocks and limiting beliefs.

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Manifest

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #5:

Desires Expire

If you manifested the six-figure job with the corner office but suddenly feel like it’s stifling you, it’s totally OK. You get to change your mind. You get to sell all your stuff and move to Costa Rica if you want to! You get to enrol in design school or yoga teaching training or open a dog rescue.

Your life is entirely up to you! Don’t force yourself to keep living out your old desires if they’re not longer lifting you up or they weren’t what you imagined them to be. We’re meant to be happy! So keep focusing on finding that happiness.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #6:

Finding What Doesn’t Work Is Just As Important As Finding What Does

Another common side-effect of manifesting (which I talked about here) is that sometimes the thing we want doesn’t feel as good as we thought it would! Those expectation hangovers just give us some more valuable insight about what we really want.

So if something truly doesn’t light you up, then now you know what doesn’t work–and you can go off in search of what will.

You’re not psychic! Any new experience that you try to draw in will always have an element of the unknown! And even the things that we truly want often come with a new set of problems.

So if you don’t feel exactly as thrilled as you thought you would, it’s okay! There’s no real way of knowing how you’re going to feel until you actually get there. It’s all just a big learning experience in the end, so take it in and move on to your next target!

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #7:

Take A Break

No matter what’s going on for you, it’s important to remember that not knowing exactly what you want is NOT the end of the world! Give yourself the grace of some time to figure it out.

Look at it this way: if you’d never dated anyone, it would be kind of difficult to choose the kind of person you’d want to be with forever! (Yes, some people manage to do this but most of us do NOT!) Manifesting can be like casual dating: testing out the many MANY options available to you until you figure out what clicks.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Manifest Step #8:

Take Tiny Steps

The best advice is to stop panicking about the big picture and just give yourself the space to explore what’s coming up for you! Follow your curiosities. Notice what you’re attracted to and what you’re not that into anymore. Concentrate on manifesting what’s currently catching your fancy. Then see how that works out for you, make any necessary adjustments and keep moving. It may not sound as glamorous as attracting miracles overnight but a slow approach is much more manageable for most people.

Manifesting doesn’t always have to be about attracting crazy big new things into our life! Sometimes the idea of making big leaps is just downright exhausting. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t push yourself! Take it slowly for the time being. And don’t worry because sooner or later, you will be inspired to go for the BIG things gain.

I hope this helps you improve your manifesting practice! Let me know how it works out for you.

Jenn Stevens The Aligned Life

PS Looking for more? You might also want to check out this post about how to experience a quantum leap or this one about choose your words to change your life.

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