This is a guide covering everything you need to know about starting a manifestation journal.
We’ll be covering the following topics:
What is a Manifestation Journal?
A manifestation journal is a journal where you write down thoughts and ideas in order to achieve them at some point in the future through the deliberate practice of manifestation.
The manifestation practice is based on a well-known Law of Attraction, popularized by authors Napoleon Hill and, for modern audiences, Rhonda Byrnes of the bestseller The Secret.
However, the process of manifestation — materializing things, ideas, or feelings into concrete reality — takes conscious effort and deliberate intention-based actions.
The Secret came out more than a decade ago, and pretty soon it became a huge hit (the book was an international bestseller too).
In it, many successful people from various walks of life swear by the power of manifestation.
The main thesis is that if we thought about something and wanted it bad enough, we could have it manifested into a reality.
Sure, it made the more skeptical types scoff and ignore it as some New-Age BS.
But then I read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, and I was surprised that he, too, was talking about manifestation as the most important of the initial steps of any worthwhile endeavor.
The same happened when I read a number of other authors who swore by the power of believing in yourself, which actually is the practice of manifestation.
Visualization is a core part of the practice of manifestation, but many people commit the sin of visualizing without following it up with action.
Most commonly manifestation journals are used for attracting money, love, and success.
It is super important that you stay focused on your goals and avoid, as much as is possible, any sort of limiting beliefs.
Why? More on that in the following section.
Do Manifestation Journals Work?
Manifestation and the whole Law of Attraction may seem like a cockamamie story to some, but to people who have actually implemented its principles in their life know that it does work.
Still, there are others that say that manifestation is nothing more than envisioned hard work. Of course, you cannot expect to wish success while sitting on your couch getting entertained on Netflix.
Thoughts do matter in their own right, but without action, we will not create anything or move forward towards our goal merely with the right intentions.
I believe that “thoughts are things”, and that the Law of Attraction in the thought world will draw to one just what he desires or fears — William Walker Atkinson
Now that we have established that writing in a manifestation journal will not miraculously make you successful and that you need action as much as a thought to pursue anything, let’s discuss why you shouldn’t write off a manifestation journal so quickly.
Manifestation journals are a tool to exercise manifestation.
When you jot down things you want to do and achieve in life, you set yourself in motion towards achieving that goal.
The law of attraction maintains that the universe consists of energy and vibrations.
With positive energy and intentions, you will attract positivity towards you, and with negative energy and intentions, of course, you will attract what is negative.
It may sound simple and straightforward, but manifestation journaling or practicing manifestation through any other means is not as easy as it sounds.
At least, with manifestation journaling, you will have a much better chance of realizing the benefits.
Benefits of a Manifestation Journal
The right attitude coupled with an indomitable will to succeed are the indispensable ingredients of living a life of achievement.
A manifestation journal will help you in both areas.
With a deliberate practice of writing about your goals and reinforcing a can-do attitude, you will be way more focused during the day.
Here are some of the benefits that you will start seeing in yourself once you develop the habit of writing in a manifestation journal:
1. You Will Start Believing in Yourself
Having positive reinforcements in life is a great way to get your self-esteem and confidence back.
If you start to believe in yourself, your potential and stop doubting yourself, you will get out of your own way so you can succeed at whatever you put yourself to.
2. Deliberate Action
For the most part, during the day, we are running around on autopilot, unable to find the big picture or locate ourselves in the grand scheme of things.
Deliberately setting goals, going after them, and executing them will get your life running the way you want it to.
3. Accountability Tracker
A common way to use a manifestation journal is to write the thing you want to achieve, write how long it will take you to achieve it, what sacrifices will you make along the way, and how will it make you feel once you have it.
Accountability doesn’t get better than this.
This checks off all the marks in how to make a solid, goal-oriented plan.
4. You Will Focus on the Positive
But perhaps, the biggest benefit of all is that you will become a more positive person.
Your outlook on life will be brighter than it ever has been. And as the Monty Python song says, “Always look on the bright side of life”.
There is a flip side to every emotion and action.
That’s the yin-yang of life. If there is happiness, there is bound to be misery; if there is wealth, there is poverty; if there is love, then there is, well, what’s the opposite of love?
But, you get the point.
Journaling for manifestation will make you an overall positive person.
How Do You Write a Manifestation Journal?
Here’s a step-by-step guide to writing in a manifestation journal:
- Sit down to write every day
- Write what you want to achieve
- Set a time period for your goal
- Consciously visualize yourself having already achieved the goal
- Stay with the feeling of achievement through deliberate visualization practice
- Write down your visualization experience. Write in the Present Tense.
- Develop a plan to achieve it
- Make yourself accountable to the plan each and every day
- Eliminate doubt. (Doubt is negative energy, don’t let it interfere with your positive energy).
- Finally, set the manifestation journal aside and get to work. There is no substitute to work. Manifestation will give you the right mindset or attitude for work.
To further explore how to write a manifestation journal, we also recommend this video by Ana Juma:
Manifestation Journal Examples
People write in a manifestation journal for various reasons. Most common of which are:
Wealth, Love, Abundance, and Relationships.
Here are some manifestation journal examples related to the above-mentioned reasons:
- I believe I can be rich
- I will manifest X amount of money by the end of this year
- Money is not an evil
- I can be successful; I am successful
- My soulmate is out there
- We will/are having a good time doing the things we love, i.e. reading, cooking, or traveling
- I am worthy of love
- I attract love
- Love is everywhere
- There is plenty of everything in this world
- I am right where I need to be
- Abundance mentality attracts abundance
- If the universe put this thought in my head, it can also provide for it, but I just need to believe that it will
- I manifest rewarding relationships with people
- My relations are based on mutual trust and love
- I have a beautiful relationship with myself
- I am a charming and likable person
- I have to work on being more … (put whatever area you need to work on.)
Manifestation journals are a great tool for practicing manifestation and the Law of Attraction.
By using the universe’s energy and vibrations, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Thoughts are things that can be materialized into reality if, and only if, action follows.
Writing in a manifestation journal will make you more accountable, give you a plan of action, help you achieve more than you could ever have imagined, and, more importantly, it will make you focus on the positive in life.
Want to write Journals? Here are: 20 Journaling Tips for Beginners (How to Start Guide)
Sikandar is opinionated on a diverse set of topics that include, but are not limited to, Productivity, Health, Fitness, Motivation, and Career. He is in love with the written word and writes mainly to help others on their self-actualizing journeys. A journalist by education, getting to the bottom of things is his modus operandi. Often, he finds himself moonlighting as a life coach to his family, friends, and colleagues. He can be reached at his LinkedIn for collaboration.