How To Manifest Your Dreams in 2017

How To Manifest Your Dreams in 2017

“Gratitude builds a bridge to abundance.” ~Roy Bennett

I’m sure by now a lot of you have already set your Resolutions/Intentions and made your Goals/Dreams list for 2017. This is a post I’ve been meaning to share for some time, because it includes a tool that helped me manifest a lot of amazing stuff in 2016 (and going strong in 2017). So if you’re interested in seeing your dreams/goals come to fruition this year, read on.

You’ve probably already heard of The Five Minute Journal. Maybe you’ve seen it around online, heard about it on a podcast, or had a friend recommend it. Whether you use it already or not, I’m going to share some tips to help you make the most out of it, so that you can manifest your DREAM YEAR. If you’re someone who’s interested in living a life of Gratitude, Happiness and Abundance, then you should be using this journal! 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
~Mahatma Gandhi 

They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit…or 40 days…or 66 days – it depends who you’re asking…

Personally, I’m the worst at habit forming. The idea of committing to something for even 7 days freaks me out. This journal is probably one of the few habits I’ve managed to maintain for over a year… because it’s really that easy. Also because if you do make using this journal a habit, it will result in your life feeling extra amazing.  (And who doesn’t like to have an extra amazing life?) You’ll find so many things to be grateful for, and your days will go from so-so to SO good. I mean it, I’ve read a whole bunch of books and tried a bunch of techniques on the “Law of Attraction” and this journal is by far my favorite tool for attracting more of the good things in life.

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It’s also a wonderful journal to have if you’re someone (like me) who loves to journal, but just can’t find the time for it. It literally takes 5 minutes of your time (or less) in the morning and the evening.

The daily prompts are really simple:

In the AM:

3 things you are grateful / 3 things that would make today great / daily affirmations

In the PM:

3 amazing things that happened today / 1 way you could have made today better

“I am grateful for all things in my life… Gratitude is like rocket fuel to the art of manifestation.” ~Michael Stevenson

In the beginning, I struggled to find things that I was grateful for, and I struggled to find 3 amazing things that happened at the end of the day. But the more I used it, the more my perspective on life began to shift. The more gratitude I expressed, the happier I felt. The happier I felt, the more confident I felt. The more confident I felt, the more I felt capable of actually manifesting those things that would “Make Today Great”… and then at the end of the day those 3 little lines of “Amazing Things That Happened” began to spill over with words. On most days now I can easily find more than 3 amazing things that happened. (I write so small in that section, because I quickly run out of room.) Sometimes it’s something big – like landing a scholarship for the yoga teacher training, or an awesome photography opportunity. Sometimes it’s something small – like a smile from a stranger, or kind words from a friend. (Read more of what I manifested in 2016.)

Here’s the biggest thing I’ve learned about manifesting. It starts with being grateful for what you already have. As a fortune cookie once told me:

“If you don’t enjoy what you already have, how could you be happier with more?”

(Another great read/listen on the art of practicing gratitude before you try to manifest more in your life, is James R. Doty’s Into the Magic Shop)

My 5 tips for making the most of your Five Minute Journal:

1. MEDITATE before you use it in the morning. (Even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes!) If you can’t think of 3 things you’re grateful for, I guarantee meditating will help to clear your mind so that you can. Bonus if you can make time to meditate in the evening too.

2. Write in it while sitting in the SAME place everyday, maybe keeping it by your bed or in your meditation spot. Think of it as a “sacred space” so that every time you sit in that space, you’re setting the intention to be clear and open. Make a RITUAL of it! Use a nice pen, light a candle, keep some crystals nearby if that’s your thing.

3. Be SPECIFIC when writing down what you’re grateful for and what would make the day great. The Universe responds to us when we get really clear and specific.

4. Use it DAILY! Sometimes I miss a day. When I was doing a little traveling I didn’t use it (I was long journaling instead), but when I returned home I got right back to it. It works best when it becomes a habit. Otherwise it’ll be hard to see it work it’s magic.

5. Whatever you do, do NOT write down anything in the negative. (i.e. “Well this bad thing happened, but it was OK because…” Write everything in the AFFIRMATIVE. Even the 1 Way You Could Have Made the Day Better. Try writing it in the positive, present tense.)

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” ~ Steve Maraboli 

Using this journal doesn’t mean nothing bad will ever happen to you! I was living a happy, seemingly magical year in 2016, only to be badly surprised in the end – by a change that didn’t fit in with my new, abundant, gratitude-filled life. It really threw me – I felt sad, angry, heart-broken, betrayed and shocked. But I still wrote in my Five Minute Journal every day, and I was amazed at how easily the daily Gratitude lines filled up. If anything, I was more grateful then ever . I began to notice all the little things that made not just my day, but my LIFE, amazing. And because of this habit that I had created several months earlier, instead of being thrown off course, I continued to manifest all my dreams and goals, going strong for this year and the years ahead.

So I gave you all the prompts above (and you can also find them on the The Five Minute Journal website) – you can easily just copy those into a blank journal every day or print them out. I personally love having the structure of the actual journal though, I’m on my second copy!

A couple useful links for Manifesting!

10 Things Successful Manifestors Do Differently

The Holstee Manifesto

And of course, Books!

Into the Magic Shop, by James R. Doty, MD

Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks

The Law of Success, by Napoleon Hill

Do you use The Five Minute Journal? Have you witnessed similar results? Would love to hear your feedback in the comments! I’m also giving their Productivity Planner a try this year, but haven’t been able to fully commit to it yet! Has anyone else tried it?

{Thank you Cate Eilee Murray for these gorgeous pics!}

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