Oops! 5 Ways You Can Mess Up Your Manifestation

You’ve been diligently working on manifesting your desires and dreams through the power of thought and intention. You’ve been visualizing what you want, repeating affirmations, acting as if it’s already yours. But for some reason, nothing seems to be happening. What gives?

We all screw up our manifestations from time to time, but those mistakes are really just chances to improve. Here are the ways you may be unintentionally blocking your manifestations and what you can do to fix them.

Not Being Specific

Not being specific is the #1 way to screw up your manifestations. Saying you want “more money” or “a new relationship” is too vague. The universe needs details to deliver what you actually want.

Be ultra-specific. Do you want an extra $500 a month or $5,000? A casual date or marriage material? Pinpoint precisely what will make you happy.

Visualize in detail. See yourself earning and spending that exact dollar amount. Envision giving a toast at your dream wedding. The more senses you engage, the more real it will feel, and the faster it will materialize.

Put a deadline on it. “Someday” is not specific enough. You need to decide when you want this manifestation to show up. Even setting a reasonable timeline, like 3-6 months, gives the universe a concrete goal to work towards.

Review and revise. Go back over your manifestation details regularly. Make sure they still feel good and true for you. Adjust or re-focus as needed to keep your vision clear. The universe is always listening, so update it on any changes you want to see.

Being ultra-specific, visualizing in vivid detail, setting deadlines, and reviewing regularly are the keys to successful manifestations.

Not Being Mindful

Being mindful is really important when you’re trying to manifest things in your life. It’s not enough to just focus on manifesting for 30 minutes a day – you need to be conscious of your thoughts and energy all day long.

From the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to sleep at night, you want to pay attention to the things you think about and the words you say. Even when you’re not actively manifesting, the thoughts rolling around in your head are shaping your reality. If you spend your whole day thinking negative thoughts or complaining out loud when you’re not meditating or journaling, it can work against your goals.

Your mind is so powerful. The thoughts you choose to focus on have a huge impact on what happens in your life. So you’ve really got to monitor your mental chatter 24/7 if you want to manifest positive changes. Don’t just think positive when you sit down to visualize – make sure the thoughts playing on a loop in your head all day long are focused on what you do want, not what you don’t want.

“Wanting” Instead of “Being”

Manifesting requires embodying the feeling of already having what you desire, not just wanting it. When you focus on wanting something, you imply lack – and that perpetuates more lack.

Shift your mindset to feeling as if you already have it. Visualize what it’s like to possess what you desire. How does it feel in your body? What emotions arise? Allow those feelings to guide you to a place of inner contentment and peace.

From this place of fulfillment, your desires will flow to you effortlessly. You’ve removed the resistance and neediness, clearing the path for the Universe to deliver.

The key is not chasing or grasping. Simply allow yourself to receive through an attitude of gratitude as if you already have everything you need. The more you chase something, the more it will run away.

Focusing On The Lack

When manifesting something you desire, it’s important to focus on the positive outcome rather than dwelling on what you lack. If you spend your time thinking about how much you want something because you don’t currently have it, you are affirming the lack of it in your life. This energy will only attract more of the same.

Instead, visualize what it will feel like when you have what you want. Feel the gratitude and joy as if it’s already yours. Talk about your desire in the present tense, e.g. “I am so happy and grateful for my new black Ford Mustang“. This sends a signal to the universe that you are ready to receive it.

Rather than complaining about your current situation, find things to appreciate right now. Make a gratitude list each day of things you are thankful for. This positive mindset will lift your energy and open you up to receive more of what you want.

Failing To Take Action Steps

Manifesting your desires is not a passive process. While visualization, meditation and affirmations are important, they are not enough on their own. You have to take action and do your part to help the Universe meet you halfway.

If you sit back and wait for things to magically happen without putting in effort, you likely won’t see results. The Universe may provide opportunities and open doors for you, but you still have to walk through them.

Take small steps each day that move you closer to your goals and desires. Maybe that means updating your resume, networking, researching new career paths or taking a course to build your skills.

Whatever it is, taking action activates the law of attraction. It shows the Universe you are committed and ready to receive what you’ve been manifesting. Even if progress feels slow, keep putting one foot in front of the other. Maintain an attitude of optimism and gratitude, trusting that the Universe is working behind the scenes to line up the right people and events to help make your manifestations a reality. But you have to do your part – you have to act.


The Law of Attraction is always on, whether you notice it or not. The thoughts and beliefs you hold in your mind will shape your reality. Manifesting may sound easy, but it does take work and practice. And hey, if you slip up now and then, don’t sweat it! We all mess up sometimes. Just dust yourself off and get back at it. Trust me, I’ve been there too.

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Julianna F.

The philosophy behind our blog is simple: think big and think positively. As Donald Trump once said, "You are going to think anyway, so think big." Life is too short to waste time on negative thoughts that weigh you down. We're here to infuse some joy and inspiration with a dash of astrology, numerology, and healthy living tips. Or really whatever pops into our heads! Follow us on Instagram

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