If you’ve spent more than one minute on this site, you’ll know that one of my favorite personal development topics is the Law of Attraction. While it’s true that you can’t just wish and hope things into reality, I absolutely believe that persistent positive thoughts + right action = results. That is, it’s not enough to say a positive statement once. It’s also not enough to take chaotic action and just hope that something works. However, when “guided” (that is, you get a gut feeling that you should take action), and you do something about that guidance, that’s what I call being in the miracle zone.
A few months back, I wrote about the power of using afformations vs. affirmations. It turns out that one letter really does make a difference. Afformations start with a “Why” statement, so “I am rich” becomes “Why am I so rich?” Our brains are wired to answer questions, and it’s been proven that while manifesting, results are better when we approach affirmations this way, rather than blindly repeating statements.
At the time I wrote my afformations article, I was consciously setting an intention to get paid to learn copywriting. However, like most people who try using the Law of Attraction, I experienced many phases between my initial thought and my final manifestation. Not all of these phases were pretty, but one of my goals in writing this blog is to be real. So, unlike many Law of Attraction stories out there, I’m not going to gloss over anything, as I think it’s helpful to share my true experience. Also, I’m pretty sure that the way I went about manifesting my dream job is way more common that what all of the Law of Attraction books will try to tell you.
So, without further ado, this is (exactly) how I manifested my dream job:
Stage One: At first, I was obsessed with saying my afformations. I’d say them in the morning, before bed, in the car, in the shower, and multiple times per day. I’d also write them and listen to a recording I made of myself saying them. All of my afformations had to do with being happy at work, being paid to learn copywriting, and being grateful for my job. At the same time, I put in the legwork by spending hours looking at job postings, writing cover letters, and applying for positions.
Stage Two: After all of this work and no results, I experienced a mixture of anger, frustration, and depression. I went through being pissed off enough to stop looking for jobs and to stop saying and writing my afformations.
Stage Three: This, folks, is when the magic happened. I began to accept where I was in my career and that maybe it just wasn’t time for me to land a copywriting gig. At the same time, I moved from an apartment into a house, so my focus and energy shifted. I can’t say that it was a conscious decision – after all, I was mostly just pissed off and tired of the job search. However, it was during this phase that I was finally able to let go and let the Law of Attraction work the way it is meant to.
Letting go is what I consider to be the hardest part of manifestation. I know when I want something, I want it yesterday, which is the exact opposite of being all zen and simply allowing it into my life. Why is this hard? Because in order to let more good into my life, I have to be willing to just forget it all and be okay with it not happening. Letting go paved the way for me to enter the next phase.
Stage Four: Eventually, I began to trust that the right opportunity would appear at the right time, and you know what? That’s exactly what happened. After weeks of not looking for jobs online, on a whim, I decided to look at Craigslist for writing jobs, and that’s when I saw the perfect internship. I spent one day mulling it over, but I knew that if I wanted this position, I’d have to act fast.
Now, it’s true that if I wasn’t truly qualified for this position, I wouldn’t have gotten it. It’s also true that I did my due diligence – that is to say, I researched the company I was applying for, I wrote a thoughtful cover letter, and I was sure to do all of the things you’re supposed to do when applying and interviewing for a job.
After the interview, I had more time to practice letting go. I prayed for help from my angels and guides, knowing that if this was meant for me, I would land the job. If not, something even better would show up. In the meantime, I was totally confident and in my mind, I already had the job. I also decided to only share the fact that I had interviewed with a few people who I knew would be 100% supportive. During this fragile manifestation stage, I didn’t want anything to get in the way of my positive vibes.
I am thrilled to say that I am starting my copywriting internship (yes, a paid internship) next month that is totally aligned with my passion and skills. I’m super excited and I can’t wait to see what else the Universe has in store for me. If nothing else, manifesting something so amazing really made me realize that the Universe can work in my favor. The key, as always, is allowing it.
I hope this post inspires you to go after your dreams. As always, I’d love to hear from you. Share your manifestation stories in the comments: the good, the bad, the triumphant. I’m all ears.