Feelings aren’t facts, and your thoughts create reality. Read that sentence again and let it truly sink in. These two statements are simple when you think about it, but all too often we get caught up in our emotions and presumptuous way of thinking, and the next thing we know we’re deep in a spiraling episode. Sound familiar? Well, the next time you catch yourself distracting from your own happiness, try to pause and remember feelings aren’t facts and your thoughts create reality (had to repeat it to really drive the point home).
I wanted to share a personal experience (well, a couple of examples actually) on how manifesting what you want can help turn your goals into reality. I’ll start with a little background. I recently had a long conversation with my oldest brother, who is 16 years older than me. Growing up, we didn’t have a ton in common given the age gap and not living under the same roof for that long. As I’ve gotten older though, we’ve become way closer, and every time I go back to Kansas and visit my family, we carve out time for a brother-sister lunch date. Random details aside, the common topic of conversation with us as of recently is around the power of manifesting. I wouldn’t say my family is super open with expressing how we feel, and rarely do we have deep convos, but this is where Nate and I really started to bond. Without going into the nitty-gritty of his past, I’ll just say his life so far has been anything but boring. So a couple of weeks ago, we were talking on the phone and he shared how once he changed his mindset to think positively, he was finally able to clearly achieve his goals. Did they come overnight? No. That’s part of the process—you have to trust that the path you’re on will lead to where you need to go. We talked about the books he relied on and podcasts that have helped get him to this point in his life.
I can honestly say, I have Poosh to thank for opening my eyes to this, along with being able to relate with him and have these chats with siblings and close friends as I’ve learned so much from our mindfulness stories. OK, so here’s my successful manifesting story. In mid-2018, I knew I was ready for my next career move. I had been at the same job for over six years and I loved it, but it was getting to that comfortable point where you start to wonder, OK, this is great and I have my role down, but do I want more? Do I need a change? If you’re curious like me, you’ll understand. A few months went by, and then I vocalized my interest to a few close friends. I finally said it out loud: “In 2019, I want to look for a new job.” That was my goal for the new year. Fast forward two months, and I’m checking my DMs and find a message about a potential job opportunity for a secret new project (aka the launch of Poosh). I responded, interviewed, and the rest is history. Again, does it always work out this quickly? No. But I truly believe that if I hadn’t verbally expressed my desire for change and something new, I wouldn’t be in the role I am today. Give it a try, make a list of what you’d like to accomplish big and small, and say what you want out loud, even if it’s in your room while you’re alone. It feels good to let it out into the universe, and once you do, things only get better.
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