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Manifesting is the internet’s latest buzzword. This isn’t a new idea, though. The “law of attraction” has long since been around. The idea behind both of these is that a positive mindset will create a positive future. We will show you how to manifest through journaling quickly and easily today so you can get started immediately.
While manifesting might sound like make-believe, there is science behind it! As mothers, we are pulled in a multitude of directions. Between balancing self-care, our kid’s care, family dinners, daily life, and all the activities of motherhood, it’s easy to get bogged down mentally. Manifesting is a powerful tool for rewiring how you think with many methods. In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to start manifesting through journaling and even supply some journal prompts to get you started.
What is Manifestation
In short, manifestation practice is using the power of positive thought to create positive outcomes. This can be done by recognizing the positive in your current life to see it better in the future. Some even suggest that putting that positive energy out into the universe creates that dream life you often think of. Your manifesting intentions can be anything from personal growth, a new job, more money, or better physical health.
While science can’t verify if we actually create our future through thought alone, it can confirm that the manifestation process is good for our health. People who meditate have seen significant improvement in their mental health. This change in our behavior can be the so-called catalyst for a better future.
The manifestation journey involves slowly switching from a negative mindset to a growth mindset. Notice how we didn’t say positive mindset? That’s because manifesting is more than just good vibes; it’s about taking continuous small steps toward your ideal life. The idea is that you will get positive results by visualizing your future self and making positive choices.
What is a Limiting Belief
Many people think of the future in a negative light, “I will never achieve this” or “I’m not good enough.” This is an example of a limited belief. Limiting beliefs keep us from successful manifestation because we don’t take the steps needed to get there.
Let’s take the example of your dream job. This job might be in a completely different career field than what you are currently in. A limiting belief would look like “I will never become that.” Because you think this, you never take the classes and slowly stop keeping current on the topic. Your belief caused the outcome. If you switched to a more positive outlook, you might start some night classes in your desired field or reach out to those currently working there. Positive action creates a positive outcome.
What is the Law of Attraction
Ever so similar to manifestation, think of the law of attraction as the big category that manifesting falls into. Also, and we don’t mean to confuse you, the law of attraction comprises 3 principles. Knowing these sets the guidelines for how to manifest effectively.
Like Attracts Like
They say opposites attract, but more often than not, the opposite is true. We have friends who share similar values and do similar activities. We have a partner that we usually share similar life goals with. We attract a future that’s based on what we think.
Nature Abhors a Vacuum
This is the idea that if you have space, you will fill it with something. Our dining room tables piling up with bills, boxes, and random finds are evidence of this. When it comes to our minds and our lives, we want to try to clear out negativity so that space is filled with good things instead.
The Present is Always Perfect
Funny enough, this law recognizes that the present isn’t always perfect. It’s more about making the present situation as perfect as possible, not implying it already is. We can always do something small to improve our present and future. One dollar saved is a dollar more than yesterday. Picking up one side table is the first step to an organized living room.
How to Manifest Through Journaling
Ok, we’ve sufficiently bored you with all the technical talk. Let’s explore how you can start manifesting using one technique: journaling. When we use a manifesting journal, we record our positive thoughts about the present and/or positive goals for the future. We can also write out our game plans or simply our dreams.
It can be hard to sit and try to think of a positive future. Our minds begin to race and fill once again with the stress of current life. Journaling helps us stay focused and more intentional with our thoughts.
How To Use a Manifestation Journal
The biggest thing is to journal on a daily basis. This might seem daunting at first, but you can start small. A few sentences here and there or answering one prompt. It is recommended to stick to pen and paper too. The written word takes more energy and focuses your brain better.
When it comes to what to write, there are many different ways. We’ve gathered a few ideas below to get you started!
A blank page is scary; we might feel like we have to fill it up with something perfect. Freewriting allows us to just put down whatever comes to mind; there is no wrong way to do it. You don’t need to make cohesive thoughts or even full sentences. Once you start, your brain will make the necessary connections as you continue to spill out that thought process onto the page.
Have negative thoughts? That’s OK! Just because this is supposed to change your mindset into something more positive does not mean you can never feel stressed or angry. In fact, using the second law of attraction, it’s good to get that negative energy out so you can make room for change. Seeing them written out might even give your brain the boost it needs to solve them instead of worrying about them. It’ll help you manifest through journaling.
Now that we have cleared the mental clutter with freewriting, we can add in new things like positive affirmations. These will look different for everyone. They are short and positive sayings that remind us of our overall goals.
- I am worthy of love
- I am able to achieve my goals
- I deserve to be heard
These are just a couple of examples of positive affirmations. If you want some motherhood-specific ones check out our other blog post 101 Powerful Daily Affirmations to Use Everyday.
Define Your Goals
For most of us, our long-term goals are more general ideas that we only think about in terms of not having achieved them yet. You can manifest multiple things at once: wanting to own a house, wanting savings, wanting a new career. When it comes to manifestation, you’ll need to get a lot more specific. Luckily, we have an acronym for that. SMART.
- S – specific
- M – measurable
- A – attainable
- R – realistic
- T – time-bound
Let’s take the goal of buying a house. First, what do you need in a house? Think of rooms you would need, location, and price range (specific). Figure out how much you would need as a down payment for that price range (measurable). Attainable, realistic, and time-bound all play into this next part. Give yourself a time frame for when you want to purchase and figure out how much you need to set aside each month to have the down payment. If needed, write down how you will fix your credit score or lower other bills to get a better rate and save more. You can even set smaller time frames, like taking 6 months to pay off a debt, and then another 3 months to fix your credit. Make sure your timeline is achievable and remind yourself that change takes time.
The above technique is great for more intense goals, but sometimes we’re just trying to get through the day. Taking some time in the morning to set your goals for the day helps you put your energy towards achieving them. It also gives you a confidence boost for knowing you set a goal and achieved it. You can achieve your goals, big or small. To avoid being overwhelmed, stick to three goals that are simple and doable.
This is a way to start reframing how you think about the present and the future. A gratitude list is just reminding you what you already have. Gratitude is an important factor in how you view the present moment. If you’re having a hard time getting started, think of what your past self wanted in life. You are probably living one of the dreams past you had.
Another way to use this gratitude journal method is by listing traits you like in yourself or your partner. This is a great tool if you and your partner are going through a rough patch and can remind you of what you love about them. Writing down little things they did that day can also aid in avoiding those pesky fights about whose turn it was to take out the trash.
This time, we mean the ones you have when you are sleeping. They say dreams are the windows to the subconscious mind. Writing them down helps us remember them better and analyze what they might mean. We might even find patterns in what kind of dreams we have when we’re stressed. Write out what you think your dream means. If you want to add to this, look up dream symbolism and see if any elements match.
How to Manifest Through Journaling Prompts
Let’s be real here for a second. They say you should write in this journal daily, but sometimes, between sports practices and dinner and finding bandaids for scraped knees, you don’t have that kind of time. Answering a quick manifesting journal prompt keeps your mind in the manifestation head-space without taking too much time. We’ve already collected a few ideas for you below to get you started too:
- I can spend more time with loved ones by doing [fill in the blank] activities.
- I know exactly what I want to do in life because my goal is to [fill in the blank]
- I am confident in my body because [fill in the blank]
- I love myself because [fill in the blank]
- The opportunities I have to earn money include [add anything that presents you with the chance to earn].
- I am happiest when I [fill in the blank]
- My favorite way to relax and recharge is [fill in the blank]
Tips and Tricks
Manifestation is unique to everyone, from what you write to how you do it. Here are some general tips to get you started.
How to Manifest Through Journaling Daily
Adding journaling into another routine makes it easier to commit the time needed. Writing when the kids are asleep is the best way to achieve this. Journal with your morning coffee, or make a rule to write before enjoying the Netflix series you watch every night.
Write in the Present Tense
A fun way to trick your mind into thinking you’ve already achieved your goals is by writing like they already happened. Most people do this by thanking the universe for their goal. For example, “Thank you, universe, for the advancement at work. I learned new skills and proved I could lead a team effectively to achieve this.”
Don’t worry about making this journal perfect. You don’t need to match anyone else or show off your own. If you want to write in different colored pens or add in stickers, then go for it! A vision board is another manifestation technique that can be added to your journal by creating a page full of images representing your desired future.
The Tools of The Trade
A journal and a pen are all you need to get started. The best manifestation journals encourage creativity and offer space for all your goals. If you want a more structured approach, you can use a guided journal with built-in prompts and spaces for each of the methods listed above. Check out the Beautiful Mind 90-Day Journal if you want something to help guide your thoughts a little easier.
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Manifestation journaling is a powerful way to rewrite your inner thoughts and outlook on life. While everybody has differing views on spirituality, one thing is clear: setting goals works. Ultimately, journaling is a great way to understand those goals and gives you the courage to work towards them. Journaling also helps release the swirling negative thoughts many of us have.
Motherhood is beautiful and also full of a million sometimes stressful moments. Keep yourself grounded in the wonder of it all with manifestation journaling.
As a full-time working mom of three, I know what it’s like to feel like life is out of balance and out of control.
While I don’t have it all figured out, I am committed to sharing helpful tips and tricks with other mommas who are ready to break free from negativity, ditch mom guilt, & finally, live life on their own terms.