Manifesting Goals: Mind Work

 



PART FIVE

Manifesting Goals: Mind Work


Introduction

‘Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’

   - NAPOLEON HILL


When trying to manifest your goals, it’s important to keep a high vibration. Feelings are returned on a like-for-like basis, so it’s crucial for you to master everything you’ve learned in the previous sections of this book.

However, without doubt, your beliefs are fundamental when it comes to manifestation. If you don’t believe in something, you’ll rarely see it in your life. So let’s spend some time exploring the importance of our beliefs and how they affect our reality.


The importance of positive thinking

Positive thinking is the act of choosing ideas that empower you over those that limit you.

I’m certain that a positive mind gives you a positive life. Let’s just analyse that statement from a purely logical angle, without any mystic correlations. If you view something as negative, how can it also be positive at the same time? Therefore, how can one ever evaluate life as being positive, from a negative sense of perception?

A positive mind is greater than a negative mind. Positive thinking is the act of choosing thoughts and actions that support us rather than hinder us, and it brings the best outcome in any situation.

For example, a cricket batsman needs six runs to win a game from the last ball. If he’s fearful and believes he can’t hit a six to win the game, he probably won’t attempt it, so he won’t manage it.

However, if he picks an empowering thought such as I can hit this six, he’ll try, and have a chance of succeeding. Either way, the batsman can be bowled out – but the mindset is different. The empowering thought creates a possibility, while the limiting thought eradicates his chances.

A negative thought such as You can’t do it, will discourage you from taking steps towards achieving a goal. Obviously, you’re then less likely to achieve the goal.

A positive thought such as You can do it, will allow you to try – giving you a greater chance of achieving your goal.

One thought restricts you, while the other moves you closer to what you want.

Believing that something is impossible means you’re too focused on the barriers to success. I remember a child telling me that he couldn’t play top-level football and therefore wanted to give up on his dream. He had no reason to believe in it because he looked at his life and saw the task as unrealistic; it seemed impossible from where he stood.

His friend was at a similar skill level but had a completely opposite attitude. When I asked the more optimistic youngster why he believed he could reach top level, he told me about other footballers and their success stories. He saw the task as realistic because his focus was on possibility, not impossibility.

I do this all the time to give myself hope and to change my perspective. When I had no home, a lot of the things I’ve since achieved might have seemed unrealistic. But I was inspired by people who’d had tough starts in life yet gone on to achieve incredible things. I said to myself, ‘If they can do it, why can’t I?’ I ended up changing my focus to what could be done, rather than what couldn’t be done. Every great accomplishment in the world has grown from the idea that it’s possible.

Every single one of your thoughts is either helping you move forward in life or holding you back. Positive thinking is about favouring the one that moves you forward. And it’s never too late to change your thoughts and reshape your beliefs to support, rather than hinder, yourself.

You can’t move forward with thoughts that hold you back.

Your mentality is your reality

‘Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.’

 - HENRY FORD

The philosopher Immanuel Kant pointed out over 200 years ago that all our experiences, including all the colours, sensations and objects we perceive, are just representations in our mind. Reality is only based on individual perception.

Think about this: if you asked 100 different people to describe a large rock in five different ways, someone hearing those descriptions might believe there were 500 different rocks. Of course, it’s in fact the same rock perceived in 500 different ways.

Our perception of the world is rooted in our beliefs. These beliefs are our individual truths that build our subjective realities. All human beings are basically just belief systems. A belief is a feeling of certainty about a particular thing; it’s a passive knowing. We live our lives based on the beliefs that we’ve acquired through our experiences and accumulation of knowledge. Consequently, we all view the world differently.

It’s useful for our personal growth to be open to the beliefs of others, and to be willing to change our beliefs if we’re convinced that an alternative way of looking at something provides a more accurate and empowering view. But we shouldn’t change our beliefs just because of others. Instead, we should question our own beliefs and ask ourselves, ‘Do my beliefs help me live a life I truly love?’ and ‘How many of my beliefs are my own – and how many were given to me?’

Your mentality forms your reality. So the next time someone tells you you’re being unrealistic about your goal and to come back to reality, realize that it’s only their reality that they’re talking about, not yours.

Believing in something is the key to seeing it. If you don’t believe in it, it’s not true to you so it can’t be your reality.

As we know from the Law of Vibration, when we believe in negative things, we experience negative things. These negative experiences continue to reinforce the initial beliefs, making you an even bigger believer in them. And an unhappy truth can become even truer unless you decide to change your beliefs.


Understanding the subconscious mind

It is your subconscious mind that is responsible for your beliefs. All that you perceive is a result of what you accept as true in your subconscious mind.

The conscious mind thinks, the subconscious mind absorbs. Your conscious mind is your garden and your subconscious mind is like deep, fertile soil. Seeds of both success and failure can be planted in this soil without any discernment. Your conscious mind plays the role of the gardener, choosing which seeds are sown in your soil.

But most of us allow both good and bad seeds to fall within this soil. This means that limiting ideas are among those constantly taking root in our subconscious, since they’re repeatedly sown there. As the subconscious doesn’t evaluate these ideas, they gradually reshape our beliefs. This means fearful, jealous and power-hungry individuals will constantly feed bad seeds into your mind that will limit your potential in life. You might be told to ‘Wake up’ and ‘Be realistic’.

Deeply habitual thinking that stems from undesirable subconscious impressions will lead you away from your true goals in life, but the truth is, once you mute the noise of the world, you’ll realize there’s nothing you can’t do.


Going beyond thoughts

If you can’t change a situation, change your perception of it. That’s where your personal power is. Either be controlled – or be in control.

Growing up, I lived in a somewhat racist neighbourhood. Put it this way: if I wanted to play outside, as kids did back then, I’d spend the first half-hour fighting at least two or three kids. Eventually, I’d be drawn to fight their older brothers, too.

When they told me to go back to my own country, I was offended. This was my country and it was my right to be able to play outside. I remember thinking that no one should have the right to belittle me because of the colour of my skin. This thought built up so much rage inside me that, although I didn’t like fighting, I felt – ironically – that fighting was the only way I could defend my freedom and create peace. Every time someone was racist towards me, my automatic response was violence. My violence was born from anger, which is a defence against pain. Yet I wasn’t a violent person; I’d often physically hurt kids and then right away I’d feel guilty and ask them if they were okay.

But the notion of violence creating peace is a misconception we commonly observe on the news today. When I won a fight, it only encouraged more people to get involved. Soon enough, I stopped playing outside because the drama wasn’t worth it.

Our brains are clever. They want to make life easy for us and to do as little thinking as possible. (This might sound a little strange, especially if you’re a chronic overthinker.) So the brain is optimized to make subconscious decisions based on previous emotions attached to experiences. This autopilot behaviour created by repetition allows us to move through our day without having to relearn processes, such as driving, and without having to think through all the minutia of daily life.

However, since our subconscious mind has no awareness, it can unwittingly hold us captive to unhealthy behaviour. The fact that I felt bad every time I reacted violently to the abuse I was subjected to made me realize that I wasn’t my reactions; I was conditioned to react like that by my past experiences, and I didn’t question my reaction because I lacked awareness.

You are not your thoughts. You are the witness of each thought.

By this principle, I never actually thought, ‘I am angry’; I was simply aware of this thought and emotion. By cultivating this awareness, we can learn to make better decisions as to how to act.

How we perceive an event determines how we experience it. Events are neutral, but we give them labels. When a bad event happens, take a pause – and then observe your thoughts. This is making the unconscious mind conscious; replacing thought with awareness. Only once you notice your thoughts can you make a choice as to how you respond. Meditation is a powerful tool for honing this skill.

Look at any disempowering thought as not really you and let it pass by. Or select a more empowering thought. For example, if you’ve just lost your job, you could focus on the thought that says you’re going to be unemployed and broke, which will make you feel hopeless and lower your vibration. Or you could focus on the opportunity to find a new job that pays more. The second thought will make you feel better and raise your vibration.

This is the practice of living consciously: unlearning and reconditioning the mind so you can have more freedom to be who you really are. It’s not a quick process, but with dedication it will allow you to shift from a cycle of negative thinking to a new mode of positive thinking.

In short: rather than trying to control external events, concentrate on controlling how your mind responds to them. This gives you back your personal power and is the key to a happy life.

Your goal isn’t to get rid of negative thoughts; it’s to change your response to them.


One thought is all it takes

You’re only ever one positive thought away from a more desirable outcome.

Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics, with applications over disciplines including physics, biology, economics and philosophy. It suggests that even a tiny difference in initial parameters can lead to complex and unpredictable results. This is often known as the butterfly effect: the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in the Amazon could cause tiny atmospheric changes that, over a certain time period, could affect weather patterns as far away as New York.

For example, imagine we repeatedly fired a cannon ball from a particular position and angle, with the exact same conditions each time. Using mathematics and physics, we could calculate where the ball will land each time. It’s predictable. However, if you change anything in the slightest way – such as the position, angle or air resistance – the ball will land in a different place.

Similarly, if we change just one thought to a more positive one, and we really believe in it, we change our whole perception of the world. This new perception has the power to change outcomes.

We cannot rely on our environment to create new outcomes; it’s not usually within our control. However, as the cannon barrel in your life, you can easily fire a ball at a different angle or from a different height, so that it lands further away or in a different place, simply by changing your thoughts. This is within your control.


Changing your beliefs

It would be nice to change your beliefs overnight, but this is an astoundingly difficult thing to achieve. As we’ve established, our beliefs are dug deep into the soils of our subconscious mind. When we accept notions without question, we live with them for most of our lives. Some of these ideas make sense to us, but don’t empower us. They limit our potential in life.

The first step is to identify which core beliefs you want to change. For example, one of my core beliefs was: ‘I can’t change my future, so I’ll never be able to achieve big things.’

These beliefs didn’t make me feel good, but if I’d tried to change them right away, I’d have felt as though I were lying to myself. After all, these beliefs were my truth. But why did I think they were the truth?

When I confronted my restricting beliefs, I discovered that I believed what I did because of what I’d been told by someone I looked up to. They’d told me that everyone is given a specific life and we have no control over it whatsoever. Apparently, some people were just born lucky and others weren’t, and we have to accept it. We shouldn’t waste our time trying to create something different. It was explained much more subtly than I’ve described it. However, not only was this ideology fed into my mind from a young age, but it was also reiterated by everyone around me. And so I believed that I had no power to change the course of my life.

As I got older and things got harder, my own beliefs saddened me. I felt I had no alternative and I must live like this because that’s what was intended for me. But

I didn’t want to believe this – I wanted a way out.

I started to question the validity of my beliefs. I also became sceptical about how credible the source of these beliefs was. Sure, they came from someone who was respected and everyone around me confirmed them, but none of these people were the type of person I aspired to.

In my late teens, I wanted to be rich and famous, so I decided to study people who were rich and famous, and see if their beliefs were different from mine. These individuals thought limitlessly. They seemed like positive people, too. They talked about charity, respecting other people, being healthy.

Escape your mental limitations. Don’t spend your life being imprisoned by a belief system that limits your potential and prevents your dreams from coming true.

When I started looking at people who’d accomplished some of the greatest achievements on our planet, the theme seemed to be the same. I also studied some of the most admired spiritual leaders. I found many who stated that our beliefs create the life we experience.

I realized that what I’d been taught wasn’t necessarily false; it was true for the person who’d told me it and for others around me. When I looked at the lives of those people, there was a common theme: struggle. They had no reason to believe otherwise. Life hadn’t treated them well, so all they’d known was hardship.

Our rational brains try to make sense of life around us. If someone offers a theory that resonates, we accept it as our truth. When I was told that life would be difficult, it was much easier to believe than to question it. I took it on as a truth because it fitted with my life experiences so far.

Our beliefs are like a lens we use to view life; we see what we convince ourselves is true.

With this realization, I knew that if I could change my beliefs, I could change my life. I wanted to know if there were people out there who were born into circumstances like mine but still managed to achieve great things.

Not only were there countless cases of such people, but also many of them were born into worse situations than mine. Reading their success stories disproved everything I’d been conditioned to believe. They helped me to build a solid case against my own rational mind, using evidence. The more stories I read, the firmer my resolve became.

I could now accept a new belief: I can change my future and achieve great things.

The key point here is that if you want change your belief, you have to disprove your current belief by finding enough evidence to support the belief you wantThere are always success stories out there that will assist you in this process.


Repeating affirmations

What you verbalize will eventually materialize. You have the power to talk aspects of your reality into existence.

Don’t underestimate the power of affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that describe what you wish to achieve. Simply saying something over and over again, with great conviction, creates a belief deep in our subconscious that this statement is true.

It’s visible in everyday society. We’re fed certain notions about the world and they’re repeated over and over again. For example, a mother who constantly tells her child that they’re shy will reinforce this idea in the child’s head. The child may not actually feel shy. But, through repetition of this idea, the child might start to believe it. Consequently, the child may grow up to be shy – the mother’s words become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Once again, this leads me to stress the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are feeding you empowering thoughts. This isn’t to say that you should only keep friends who say nice things about you. But it does mean that you should pick people who are supportive, not destructive.

If you keep on being told you can’t do something, you’ll believe you can’t.

Repeating affirmations is a conscious process. It’s the act of sending instructions to your subconscious mind. Once these beliefs are planted, your subconscious mind will do everything it can to bring these ideas into fruition. It’s like writing instructions into a computer program to carry out a process for you. Once the lines of code are in, the program can run automatically to bring the desired result.

From personal experience, reciting statements that I simply cannot trick myself into believing doesn’t work effectively. Going back to my example about changing beliefs, I couldn’t just tell myself that I could change my future and do big things. I had to find proof to challenge my old beliefs rationally.

The same thing should be done before affirming ideas, so that these statements aren’t rejected. This is a much more effective way to use affirmations. Adding substance to affirmations before you repeat them gives them greater power.

Maintaining a high vibration is important throughout life, and I find that if you can say your affirmations during a period when you’re feeling good, they’ll have greater momentum; though repeating affirmations can raise your vibration whatever your mood. Saying something out loud like you really mean it can completely change your state.

Affirmations should be in your own words. Say them in your voice, as if you’re telling facts to a friend. Only repeat positive statements – don’t recite what you don’t want. What we resist often persists, because the energy we exude in avoiding it is also returned to us. So, for example, you might say, ‘I have great confidence in everything I do,’ rather than, ‘I am not nervous anymore.’ And affirmations should be spoken in the present tense.

When you act as if the goal is already the truth, your subconscious mind believes that it is and acts accordingly.

The amount of time you spend on your affirmations is entirely up to you. Anything between two and five minutes a day is reasonable. However, emotional investment is more important than duration, so say them like you mean them.


The power of words

Words can hurt, help or heal. There’s power in everything you write and say. Your message is significant; be wise with it.

In the 1990s, Dr Masaru Emoto carried out ground-breaking experiments on the impact of emotional energy on water. In one study, he wrote positive and negative words on containers full of water. He then froze samples of the water from each container.

Among the negative words were ‘you fool’ while a positive one was ‘love’. Dr Emoto’s thinking was that if our words are energy and water is an absorber of energy, then surely the words would affect the water in some way.

He was absolutely right. The water that had been exposed to positive words formed beautiful ice crystals, with the words ‘love’ and ‘gratitude’ forming the most stunning ones. In contrast, the water exposed to negative words formed unappealing patterns with distorted shapes. He found the same results by verbally communicating words to different water containers. It was clear that our words carry a vibration.

As I mentioned in Part Two of this book, our bodies are mainly made up of water. Now imagine how much our words might affect us.


Set the intention

If you’re unsure about what you want, you’ll end up with a lot of things you’re unsure of.

Before going after your goals, you have to know what you want. You cannot attain that which you’re unsure about. You wouldn’t go into a restaurant and say, ‘I think I want the vegetable curry,’ when placing your order. You either want it or you don’t. 

If you’re confused about your intention, the results that follow will reflect that. For example, if the waiter asks you how spicy you want the vegetable curry but say you’re not sure, you could receive any level of spice. If you then find it too spicy, it would be your own fault because you didn’t give clear instructions.

Setting the right goal is everything. It has to reflect what you deeply desire – not what you think you should want. For many years, the things I believed I wanted were actually only to impress other people. Sometimes I’d achieve these things and feel surprised that they didn’t satisfy me.

Your goals should reflect who you are as a person. They should be the things you think about all the time that you know will improve the quality of your life. Having materialistic desires is fine; only those who have completely transcended their ego don’t have any. Nevertheless, your goals should mean a lot to you. For example, someone might want a bigger house to raise a large family in, so they can share good times together. There’s greater meaning to this goal than wanting the bigger house just to prove how rich you are.

Once you make an intention clear, the Universe will work in miraculous ways. When we put what we want out there, the manifestation process begins and things start to unfold in our favour. Our dreams come to life.

J. Cole is a renowned American rapper, writer and producer, who previously had jobs in advertising and debt collecting. In a 2011 interview, Cole claimed that after watching the rapper 50 Cent’s movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’, he was inspired to make himself a T-shirt carrying the bold statement: ‘Produce for Jay-Z or Die Tryin’. In the interview, Cole said he thought he could take a different route to becoming a rapper by first becoming noticed as a producer. He wanted to create an avenue to his main goal, and that’s why he created the T-shirt. 

After wearing the T-shirt in the hope that someone from the music industry or Jay-Z himself would recognize him, it wasn’t until several years later that something amazing happened: with his goal set and his great work ethic partnered with self-belief, Cole was contacted by Jay-Z and was later signed to his record label Roc Nation. Cole has now rapped with Jay-Z on several tracks and produced them himself.


Write down your goals

You are the author of your future. Write about what you desire and live your story.

I once read that if you write down your goals they’re more likely to come true. I was intrigued, so I decided to look into it. I began to unravel all these wonderful statistics from studies and remarkable stories of people who wrote down their goals on paper and ended up manifesting them years later.

A popular example is that of the professional American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick. When he was in fourth grade, Kaepernick wrote himself a letter in which he quite accurately predicted that he would become a professional football player, what team he’d play for, and even his weight and height. Colin isn’t a psychic; he just knew what he wanted, and he was specific about his vision for the future. His ideas eventually manifested into his reality.

When you write down your goals, you turn your intentions into something tangible. Define them in detail, and this will help you to stay focused so you don’t lose your way.

I’ve had great fortune when it comes to writing down my goals. In the past I’ve written very specific details about my goals and they’ve manifested exactly how I wrote them. The way I write my goals is quite specific. I’m sharing these details with you here so you can make use of them, too.


Write down your goals with a pen or pencil

The act of writing down your goals on paper, rather than onscreen, creates what I like to think is a magical impression on your mind. When you reread these goals, in your own handwriting, this impression on the mind deepens, giving greater force to your goals.

Be honest

Write them down exactly as you wish them. Don’t restrict yourself or write them in a way that you think is ‘right’. If you have big goals, that’s fine. Thinking big means you’re open to receiving big.

Write them in the present tense

Just as with affirmations, write down your goals in the present tense, as if you’ve already accomplished them, such as ‘I am a great mathematician’ (if that’s what you want to become). Your subconscious mind will choose the path of least resistance in order to manifest your goals.

Make them positive

Remember, always write your goals down from a positive stance: focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

Write them in your own voice

Write them exactly how you’d say them. You don’t need to use fancy language. These goals are to be understood by you and you alone. Write them in a way that you connect with easily; you shouldn’t have to try to translate them in your head.

Be specific

Write down as many details as you can. The clearer the goal, the clearer the outcome. Remember, the subconscious mind is working from a set of instructions, and the outcome can only be as good as the instructions provided.

If possible, write your goals without a timeframe in mind. Otherwise, when the goal doesn’t manifest when you expect it to, you might be disheartened and become doubtful, which lowers your vibration and pushes your goal further away. However, if you’re someone who is motivated by pressure, a deadline might help you to go into action. It’s your call: if a timeframe would be helpful, include one. If not, don’t.

Set goals you feel confident about. The best way to build confidence is to start with smaller goals. Once you manifest them, you’ll be confident about bigger goals manifesting, too.

Once you’ve identified and written down your goals, say them out loud every day. If you need to make small adjustments to them, then do so. However, changing them drastically and frequently is almost like planting a new seed each time, so keep that in mind. You need to know what you want.


Imagine it to live it

What becomes real in your mind will become real in your life.

Visualization is the process of creating an experience or intention in your mind, before you have it in your life.

Global superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger has made several references to visualizing his goals before he actually achieved them. Michael Jordan, the legendary basketball player, claims that he visualized the type of player he wanted to become before he found success. In fact, top athletes often use visualization. One of the best tennis players ever to grace our planet, Roger Federer, says he uses it in his training regime. These sportsmen are training and performing to perfection – within their minds.

Psychologists Alan Budley, Shane Murphy and Robert Woolfolk suggested in their 1994 book that mental practice results in better performance than not physically practising at all. The brain patterns that are activated when you imagine an action are very similar to those that are activated when you physically perform the action, so visualization can actually train your brain for the event.

When we visualize what we desire, not only do we align ourselves to vibrate on the same frequency as the object of our visualization, but we also influence our subconscious mind in the same way as we do with affirmations.

The brain and the nervous system cannot tell the difference between what is imagined and what is real.

We can take advantage of this. If our brain believes that the ideas we’re feeding it are true, then our life will begin to reflect that, too. If you imagine yourself to be more confident than you currently are and the brain thinks it’s true, you’ll be more confident!


Engage your senses

When we talk about visualization as a process, we don’t mean creating single mental images. You have to create scenes, not pictures. In those scenes you must involve all your senses: taste, sight, touch, smell and hearing.

Go into as much detail as you can. For example, if you want a new car, don’t just picture the car. Put yourself in the car, driving it around. Think about how you feel while driving it; the sound of the car; the sight of other cars on the road; the temperature of the air around you, and so on. Live the experience as if it were true in that precise moment. Get creative with your scenes. Really bring them to life by making them bright, colourful, loud and big. All you need to do is close your eyes and start creating.

It’s important to create a scene that makes you feel good. Your imagination should ignite positive emotions, and this requires a lot of focus, so always do it in a quiet place where you can relax and distance yourself from any distractions.

When I use this technique, I get confirmation that I’m doing it effectively when I start to feel a little tingly. That is, I begin to feel as if it is actually happening and it fills me with excitement.

If you find it hard to create visuals in your head, there are things you can do to help yourself. Vision boards are very popular. Collect pictures and clippings that depict what you want to manifest and fix them to a board. This will help you clarify your goals, and you can place the board in an obvious place in your home to keep you focused on their intentions.

I like to keep a vision board as well as practise visualization. I don’t keep a physical board, but collect images on a personal website and try to spend a few minutes viewing it every day. This has worked well for me. I even manifested my dream proposal to my life partner by gathering images on Pinterest, a popular vision board platform, of how I wanted it to look.

As a teenager, I used to produce music as a hobby. I was a big fan of a group called So Solid Crew, one of the biggest acts around at the time. I had their logo printed onto my school pencil case. In class, I daydreamed about working with them.

A year or two later, a member of So Solid Crew, known as Swiss, released an album called Pain ‘n’ Musiq. I absolutely fell in love with this album and would listen to it day and night. It put me in a trance and I’d visualize myself working with Swiss and creating great music together.

Remarkably, it wasn’t long after this that I did have the chance to work with Swiss; through a musical artist and mentor of mine called Clive, who happened to be friends with him. Eventually the three of us collaborated on a few songs, before just Swiss and I worked together.


The Universe is supporting you

Don’t worry about how it’s going to happen, otherwise you’ll begin to create limitations. Just be certain about what you want and the entire Universe will rearrange itself for you. Whatever the path you might be on right now, it will support you. It will provide you with the signs to get you to where you want to be.

The 13th-century poet Rumi wrote: ‘The Universe is not outside you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.’ Rumi may also have agreed that the only reason the Universe might not be available to you is if you’re not attuned to it. The Universe already exists within you, but it’s not perceivable to you if you’re not vibrating high enough. However, you can bring it to light through your words, actions, emotions and beliefs.

The Universe helps us to create, or rather, to bring possibilities into our reality. It gives you signs to follow and sends you ideas to act on. It’s up to you to respond.

You might decide your goal is to work for yourself at something you enjoy. Then one day you randomly think of a specific idea, like selling your food recipes online. If you don’t think much of it, you probably won’t act on it; you’ll probably just dismiss it as a passing thought.

In the following weeks, you might start coming across bloggers sharing their own recipes. This seems coincidental, so you continue to ignore the signs and instead invest your efforts elsewhere. But by ignoring the signs, you could be missing out on everything you want. Sometimes, we ignore the signs because we think we’re supposed to achieve our goals in a particular way.

All I really wanted to do was utilize my creative skills to change the world in a positive way – and, of course, live comfortably. I used to think that the only avenue for this was clothing. Once I let go of the idea of how it was going to happen, I found myself trying out other ideas. Seemingly casual thoughts led me to where I am now. I trust where they’ll take me next, knowing they’ll bring me closer to where I want to be.

These days, when terms like the Law of Attraction are thrown around, people assume that your dreams will manifest without any effort on your part. But you must take action on the thoughts and ideas that crop up in your mind; the inspiration that the Universe sends you. They’re nudges from the Universe saying, ‘Go this way! Try this!’

Intention without action is just a wish. A goal only comes to life when you decide to pursue it. The Universe is always supporting you, but you must be willing to do your part in the manifestation process.




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