Those who believe in the power of the mind to attract positivity can learn a thing or two from Jay Shetty – a popular motivational speaker and vlogger whose podcast ‘On Purpose’ discusses myths about manifesting. According to Jay, manifesting is about attracting people, events, and experiences through new mindsets and beliefs that support what we want to achieve. However, we harbor myths about how this works. Let’s examine three such myths around manifesting our ideal role:

a) It’s only about setting an intention: We know ‘what’ we want. But not why we want it.

Understanding the reason is the first step to becoming aware of why our goals are important, and whether they are the right goals. For instance, we work hard to meet targets, hoping that someone recognizes our contribution and earmarks us for a promotion or a higher salary. To break out of this passive approach, Jay recommends two steps: 1) Fix the right intention, and 2) follow it up with strategic and consistent action. So, instead of waiting for someone to recognize your skills, take proactive steps to demonstrate your value to decision makers.

b) Manifesting is about results: We evaluate our happiness through tangible rewards instead of the process.

When thinking about our dream role, many of us tend to visualize the peripheral benefits – the position, wealth, awards, social recognition, etc. Jay suggests committing to enjoying the work and deriving satisfaction from the process, rather than the expected reward. For instance, if you dream of becoming the CEO of a company, the key motivation should be about leading the company and driving innovation because you enjoy solving new problems, rather than just the money and title.

c) Manifesting is effortless – We assume that it is a magical process where things are done for us, not by

Manifesting takes dedication and often requires us to be flexible. According to Jay, we may have preconceived ideas of how to reach our goal and are usually unwilling to explore new paths. Replace this limiting focus with one that recognizes new experiences, channels, and opportunities. Being flexible allows us to learn critical skills, meet the right people, and seize chances as they appear.

Manifest the right way

Once we understand that manifesting is an active and purposeful process, Jay recommends the following two steps:

a) Love the role you have

Instead of focusing solely on the dissatisfaction of your current job, spend time to uncover the positive aspects of what you do. This will inculcate a mindset of being grateful for what you have. It will also help you realize the benefits of what you do – learning new skills, becoming an expert with specific tools, or networking with people. This sets the tone for enjoying the process rather than the rewards.

b) Adopt a learning mindset

Aggressively seek out opportunities to showcase and improve skills whether by attending events, networking, or signing up for learning programs, to name a few. This aligns with Jay’s points of taking strategic, consistent action and opening yourself to people/ experiences that propel you forward.

Thinking about manifesting that one role or job you’d love? Let us know if these points help!

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