8 tips to help you bring your dreams into reality and live your best life.
I don’t know about you, but since the pandemic started I’ve been thinking about how to restructure my life so that it’s happier, healthier, and more balanced. It’s time for a new normal, because the old, pre-Covid ways were not working. Many of us were existing, rather than living. If we weren’t fully aware before, we have all had a harsh reminder about how short life can be. So since life is short, we might as well make it as amazing as possible.
Affirmations can be a powerful tools for bringing about positive changes in your life. Here’s an easy-to-follow process for manifesting your intentions:
1. Look within.
Get quiet, meditate, and focus on your heart’s desires. Ask yourself “What do I really want?” and “What would my ‘dream life’ look like?” This is not being selfish; it is an act of self-love, and love always generates more love. Love yourself enough to get still and tell yourself the truth. Love yourself enough to know that you are worthy of the best; worthy of having your dreams come true.
2. Make a list.
Actually get a pen and paper and write down what you would like to bring into your life. Don’t edit yourself. Even if it seems “crazy” or out of reach, write it down. Actually, especially if it seems out of reach. We are given our dreams and hearts’ desires for a reason. You can focus on general goals like peace, health, and happiness, but it’s also good to get specific. If, for example, you need an extra $500 in the next 60 days (and who doesn’t, lol), then add that to your list as well.
3. Create affirmations.
Once you have focused on and identified your desires, state your intentions. Ask for what you want in the present tense. Place your order to the Universe. Writing/speaking your affirmations in the present tense is vital, as it tells your subconscious that your desire is already manifest and makes it easier for the Universe to bring your wishes to pass on the physical plane. Use “I intend that I am…” and fill in the blanks from there. For example, rather than “I want a new job.” (which creates the reality of wanting rather than having}, write “I intend that I am loving my new job where I am happy, fulfilled, and paid what I’m worth and more.” The latter approach is much more positive and powerful.
4. Be specific.
Do you want to “work in construction” or to be an architect? Either is ok; just be clear. Do you desire to be a writer or an author? Are you in search of “a little more money” (which could result in you finding two pennies on the bathroom floor), or multi-millions? Specificity is key.
5. Dig deeper.
Once you have stated or written the first draft of your intentions, ask yourself “Why?”. Why do you want more money, why do you want to have more space, why do you want a new home, why do you want that relationship? How is this desired experience or state of being going to improve your life? What problem will they really be solving for you? What will you do with your blessings once you receive them? Dig deeper. The answers could surprise you—and help you further refine your requests.
6. Watch your thoughts.
Words matter. How you speak to yourself matters. Your subconscious, repeated thoughts matter. In Eat, Pray, Love, one of my favorite books, one of the characters asked God to open his heart…and ended up having open heart surgery. In my own personal experience, a few years back I was going through some stuff, and kept thinking to myself “That hit me hard.” and “That hit me out of left field,” Shortly after, I was literally hit hard, by a car, while crossing the street. On my left side. ‘Nuff said.
7. Cooperate and implement.
Once you have asked, be open to receive. Listen to yourself and your inner voice. And remember: “Faith without works is dead.” Once you get the guidances, and experience the synchronicities, act on them. Make that call. Apply to that job. Go down that street you’ve never traveled on before. You never know what’s waiting on the other side. As they say in the church “Don’t block your blessings.”
8. Give thanks.
Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. This is one of the most vital elements. Recognize when you have been blessed, take a moment to acknowledge, and then give thanks. Appreciation always reaps greater rewards, and puts you on the path to even more abundant blessings.
Text and images ⒸLisa Hurley/@happyhappyphoenix