Now that the hoopla of the holidays is behind us, it’s time to take a deep breath and think about what you really want to manifest and experience this year.
If you haven’t given yourself time and space to think about what you want, no worries. There’s no rule that says you have choose what you want by a certain date.
Be gentle with yourself. Relax. Breathe.
I’m assuming you don’t want to continue living exactly the same way you did last year. So, what’s going to change? What are you going to do differently this year?
Have you decided what you want?
If you already have a clear idea of what you want, that’s great. If not, here are a few questions to help you ponder the possibilities.
- What do you care about most at this point in your life?
- What recurring behavior or habit would you like to release?
- If you could accomplish one significant thing this year, what would it be?
- If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Practical Ways to Start Manifesting Your Desires
Once you have a pretty good idea of what you want to create or experience this year, you can then use these three simple exercises to begin anchoring your desires in the third dimension and setting your manifestations in motion.
These are practical and proven steps you can take to begin manifesting whatever you want to be, do or have this year.
1. Draw your desires
This can be a very enjoyable and fulfilling exercise. Get some paper and something to draw with (pencils, crayons, pens, pastels) and just fill up a page drawing what you want this year. You can use words, pictures, symbols… anything. It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how well you draw or illustrate. Relax. Play. Have fun with it. (Tip: having a variety of colors available makes it more fun.)
Mamiko and I did this over the New Year’s holiday. She brought some of her pastels and colored pencils to the tree house where we were vacationing, and we spent an hour drawing pictures of our futures. We then took turns telling the story of what we had drawn and sharing our dreams with each other. The whole process put us in a great mood and helped us feel more enthusiasm for the months ahead.
2. Choose a couple of guidewords for the year
Making bold, sweeping resolutions at the beginning of a year works well for some people. Me? Not so much. I prefer to choose two or three important keywords to guide me through the year. I’ve found it most beneficial to choose words that are positive and aspirational and feel good to say out loud.
When you carry around a couple of guidewords in your consciousness each day, they become part of your awareness. They influence how you think and act. Over time you can begin to live these words.
Here are some examples: Clarity, Confidence, Patience, Passion, Acceptance, Knowing, Love, Connected, Compassion, Bold, Forgiveness, Commitment, Intention, Listening, Peaceful, Understanding, Trust… You get the idea.
If you need some help choosing your guidewords, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and relax. (This is the easiest way to enter a meditative state, by the way.) In your thoughts, ask for the words that will best guide you this year.
Usually, the first words that float into your consciousness are the ones to consider. If that doesn’t work, get into a relaxed, meditative state and place a hand over your heart. Ask your heart the same question. This usually works for most people.
Display your guidewords words in various places so you can see them daily—on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, in your wallet.
When challenges or opportunities arise, or when you’re not sure what to do next, take a deep breath and think about your guidewords. They’ll remind you of what is most important and help you think in a more positive, constructive way.
3. Make a change to your daily routine
I’m perpetually learning the lesson that if I want to change my life, I need to change what I do daily. Each time I make a change to my daily or weekly routine, something positive always transpires.
If you really want to change your life, changing your daily habits is one of the easiest paths to follow. Make one or two modifications at a time and practice them until your feel comfortable. This is how you create new habits. If you try to change too many things all at once, you’re more likely to feel overwhelmed and abandon the whole project.
So take it slow. Once you establish one change in your routine, you can always add another.
Here are a few examples:
- Drinking several glasses of fresh water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
- Doing a 5-10 minute meditation in the morning before you start your day.
- Changing your evening routine to spend more time with your kids.
- Exercising for at least 30 minutes three times a week.
- Committing 10 minutes each day to doing stretching exercises.
- Reading a few pages of a book before going to sleep rather than looking at your smartphone.
- Eliminating a certain food, such as meat or dairy products, from your diet.
- Scheduling time each week to learn or practice new skills.
- Eating a lighter meal at the end of the day and eating earlier than usual.
- Spending 15-20 minutes journaling each day.
These three activities can be used throughout the year. You can draw your desires any time you feel motivated. You can add or replace guidewords as you wish. And, of course, you can constantly make changes to your daily routine in order to create meaningful changes in your life.