Write it Down, Make it Happen: My Own Writing for Manifesting Technique
My View of Manifesting
To me, manifesting is a form of art. You have a goal and you set out to manifest it and the result you get is greatly influenced by your chosen set of tools and techniques. When I first started thinking about writing a manifesting and abundance blog, it was clear to me that the books that inspired me and helped me hone my set of manifesting tools will get a proper shout out here.
So this is the first one, titled “Write It Down Make It Happen – Knowing What You Want and Getting It” by Henriette A. Klauser. It’s a collection of stories. Different people who wrote down what they wanted and got it.
This book doesn’t have any elaborate manifesting techniques in it, but it confirms that what happened to me, when I wrote down my goals, was not a coincidence or something that works just for me.
My History with Written Goals
It sounds so simple, writing stuff down and simply waiting for them to come true, that the only way I would have accepted that such a powerful manifesting tool existed was by actually experiencing it myself.
I’ve started noticing the connection when at the age of 23 or so, I started writing down my goals for the new year. Some of them were slightly unrealistic, others where just wishful thinking, and the rest were things I saw no reason not to achieve, things that I knew were so easy.
So surprise, the easy things, were not the ones I ended up achieving! Each year, the same pattern repeated itself – it’s not necessarily the easier, seemingly more reachable goals, that get ticked off the list.
In fact, as I am writing this, I am looking at something I scribbled in my notebook 2 months back. I forgot I had written it until it suddenly popped in front of my eyes today. Nice surprise – I have accomplished the first goal, without even remembering I set it. This actually happens to me a lot.
It’s actually, sometimes (as I wrote in my first blog post) a required part of manifesting. That’s why I really don’t believe in affirmations. Affirmations are, from what I gather, the single worst thing you can do if you are looking to manifest something big. Or something you have been wanting for a while. Or just something you really want in general. A single minute spent writing down what you are looking to manifest followed by complete oblivion of the goal, is sometimes a much more potent way to go about getting what you want.
The reason for this is, that if you have any reservations as to why you WOULDN’T BE ABLE to achieve your goal, doing affirmations might actually serve as a subconscious alarm clock to wake up those limiting beliefs that are holding you back, and they in turn will prevent you from manifesting your goal.
Manifesting with The Help of Pen and Paper
Writing things we want down is easy, once we know what we want, right? Well, actually, I hoped that the book will provide a little more insight about actual writing techniques, but as far as writing as a manifesting technique, my own research was a bit more elaborate than the writer’s.
For example, I found that a single line with a checkbox next to it is sometimes all that it takes. I wrote and manifested this way travel destinations, things I wanted to buy, money I wanted to earn and save up…
And remember I said that the easy things were not always the ones I manifested? This was especially true when it came to buying stuff. Even when I had the money I needed saved up, I just procrastinated… for some items, I finally gave up and deleted them from my list completely, once I realized there was nothing that was actually keeping me from having them, aside from the fact that I didn’t want to have them ENOUGH.
The goals that I didn’t manifest got “tweaked”. I tried changing them to something different yet close enough (a different enjoyable travel destination, for example) but this technique had 0% success rate.
Then, inspired by the book, I started writing down more elaborate descriptions of how I am reaching my goals and how wonderful it feels. At first, this was a slow and painful manifesting experience (imagine writing about something, getting super excited and then having to wait MONTHS to see the first sign that you are actually manifesting it).
The final step to honing this manifesting method, which ended up being the real game changer, was to write less, a lot less, about what I wanted, but start noticing my inner chatter while I wrote it. If writing was easy and my inner voice was quiet, I would just finish there.
Now, when I write and get comments like “no way!” or “really, how exactly will you do that?” from my inner voice, I know I have some work to do here. It starts with “what do you believe?” and goes on to research and question the thought.
Writing to Manifesting: Quick Re-Cap
If you decide you want to start now, with pen and notebook, here’s the summary of process:
- Get a piece of paper, a pad or notebook (computers & smartphones are less effective for this one). I prefer a real, dedicated notebook. It’s just easier to have all your manifesting processes documented in one place and a place to check off your manifesting victories
- Write down your goals, each one in a single line (I love adding those little check boxes next to it, setting myself up to succeed and tick these off!)
- For each goal, briefly describe how obtaining it makes you feel (if you’re in the mood, it’s totally ok to drift and just imagine how great achieving your goal feels)
- Listen to your inner voice. If it makes any dismissive, negative remarks, move on to step #5 (if not, you’re done for now, congrats!)
- Ask yourself “what do you believe that is making you doubt your ability to manifest this?”
- Write down all the thoughts that come up. For each one, you can try questioning it to strip it of its power using Byron Katie’s work method, or access your subconscious to change this thought (my favorite methods for this are: creative visualization of how the goal is reached, meditating and theta healing)
- Read your goals again and see what the voice has to say this time
What I found was that the BIGGER the thing we are looking to manifest and the STRONGER our attachment to it is, the more challenging this process will become.
And remember: You don’t have to do it all at once, you can just work one limiting belief at a time. You will still see results 🙂
To your abundance!
October 20, 2015 - 10:52 am
This is one habit that I really really really need to work on. Like you I’ve written down the things that I want to manifest in my life. The only thing that I’m doing wrong is not having enough faith and I should really work on that. Thanks for the tips though, something to keep in mind when I get distracted from my goal.
October 20, 2015 - 3:30 pm
You’re welcome Marjorie! Faith is one of the toughest areas of the art of manifesting.
What I think helps with that is to actually give yourself reasons why you SHOULD have faith
(our mind usually does the opposite – gives reasons as to why we shouldn’t 😉 ).
October 20, 2015 - 11:32 am
I do believe in manifesting things you want to happen. It’s my own little way of putting it out in the universe.
October 20, 2015 - 12:20 pm
From the title itself, you can really tell what the article is about. I love the message. I too, love to jot down things I want to do, not for the sake of making a list, but to remind myself of priorities 🙂
October 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm
I seriously need to do these things. Writing it down and looking back at the things i want to happen could work as a motivation to keep working hard.
October 20, 2015 - 6:59 pm
One of the great things about writing it down is actually when you GET one of those things you want,
that usually gives me a HUGE motivation boost to keep pursuing the other things on my list 🙂
October 20, 2015 - 5:39 pm
oh i’ve been doing this for quite a long time now… I am a visual-kind of guy so I want everything to be written on my notes to remind me again of those things I would love to accomplish in life… but if things do not go according to the plan, I will just remind myself that God might have a better plan for me and I just have to keep going
thanks for this tips, i will keep this in mind
October 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm
I’m exactly like you, I have notebooks with my goals all over the place! 🙂
October 21, 2015 - 1:08 am
This is something that I’ve been doing for a while now. Writing down goals (or even just my tasks for the day) serves like a reminder for me to work hard and be motivated to attain them. And its a different feeling jotting them down on paper then finally crossing them out. 🙂
October 21, 2015 - 7:24 am
Hey Kati, I totally agree, I’ve also come to realize that it raises my motivation to cross things of my list – gives a little energy boost to move on to the next task!
Karla (Karla Around The World)
October 22, 2015 - 10:17 pm
I have always been trying to work on manifesting things, it’s hard but it does pay off in the end, especially when you get to cross out one goal. It makes you feel all the more inspired to move on.
October 24, 2015 - 10:16 am
Yes, I totally agree. That’s why I find it so rewarding to write as many “small goals” as I can… they are easier to achieve yet just as motivating!
October 23, 2015 - 4:22 pm
This is brilliant! Manifesting is like shouting your thoughts to the universe! i might do this starting next year… Hehe gotta get a new planner! And notebook!
Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures!
October 28, 2015 - 11:29 pm
I super believe in the power of writing down goals, I think they’re super effective. I’ve yet to write down my goals for the remaining months again maybe I should find the time one of these days.
November 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm
Hey Pam, if you are feeling pressed for time then I would say, just keep a notepad by your bed and write one-liner goals whenever they come to mind. I think it can work just as well and it takes up very little time 🙂