‘It’s only EXACTLY the one we wanted!’ I squealed in delight as I dashed around the apartment by the sea we’d been envisioning, and looked out from the balcony at not one, but two swimming pools!
It was actually happening - this manifesting thing had worked!
But naturally, it didn’t happen without a couple of lessons and curveballs along the way…
You see, when my boyfriend and I and our two friends told the world and his dog that we’d really like to rent a high-rise apartment on the most popular street of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, complete with swimming pool, tennis court, sea view, 2 bedrooms, balcony, and not forgetting air-conditioning and a dishwasher, on a limited budget - everyone told us we we were mad.
‘Good luck with that.’
‘I think you’re going to be really disappointed.’
‘You’re setting your sights too high.’
‘You’ll never find that around here.’
‘You won’t get that on your budget.’
‘You’d be lucky to find a place to rent at all, without your list of wants.’
‘It’s really hard to rent there.’
They were just some of the words of ‘encouragement’ we were met with on telling our family, friends, and even strangers our plans for our year-long living arrangement.
And sure, for four people who had newly arrived in the country, without jobs, looking for somewhere to live, I’d probably have agreed that we were mad, too.
I’d heard a little about manifesting at this point, but was no expert, and certainly didn’t know there were any steps to take, that there was a Universe to surrender to, or that my mind and a strong desire had so much power. But the steps I happened to take certainly worked.
These are now the steps I call on to manifest my desires into my life today. And the steps that I’m reminded of and drawn right back to now on my current quest to buy my first home with my boyfriend. Here’s what I discovered to be the magic potion, if you will…
1. I got super specific on what I desired.
From the style of living space, to the swimming pool, the street, right down to the air-conditioning and even that it had to have a dishwasher, I got really clear on every detail. Why? Well, initially, I asked the Universe that I were to just be accepted for an apartment, to which the next day Big U responded with a ‘sure, here you go’ - and presented a dark and dingy flat that smelt like cigarettes and cats - and that wasn’t going to cut it. It was an apartment, and it was the first one we’d even been considered for, but it wasn’t THE apartment, because I hadn't been specific.
The Universe is always doing its job and providing with a ‘here you go’, ‘here you go’ ‘here you go’ - and we usually realise we weren't specific enough when we think: ‘oh no, I didn’t mean that.’
2. I believed and felt with conviction that we would get it.
Even when it felt as thought every single person around us was telling us that any place in that area of town would be ‘hard to find’ I questioned their statements internally with a ‘what does that even mean?’ or ‘hard compared to what?’ People have this funny way of projecting their own fears and doubts on to your dreams, as they think it will protect you or keep you safe, but you have to remember to keep your blinkers on and stick to your own path and beliefs. Thank others for their opinion, they generally really do think they’re being helpful, but don’t let it taint your judgement.
I believed that this place was already ours - as far as I was concerned, there was no way I was spending my year in Australia in anywhere other. Even when I felt the rest of the group begin to lose faith and begin compromising with a ‘maybe we should start considering our options’ I knew it wouldn’t be long until we found it and rallied them back up with the same confidence.
3. I put in the work.
I didn’t just visualise what I wanted and hope for the best, I took the action to meet the Universe half way. From filling out application form after application form, attending viewing after viewing, trapsing from one end of town to the other in the Australian heat to do so, and spending time in the library writing application forms and scanning ban statements when I could have been on the beach - every action was driven towards finding that dream apartment!
4. I detached from the outcome. (Eventually.)
For around a month, we were absolutely obsessed with taking action and with finding that apartment. The obsession overtook us, and we completely forgot to have fun and enjoy the process. This is the missing piece. You have to let go of the need to control to outcome, you gotta learn to surrender and trust that the Universe has it handled.
You see, the moment we packed our bags, headed off to a friends’ for a Christmas break, had all of the fun and took a step back from the obsession, was the moment we got the phone call to say we’d been accepted for the apartment that had ALL we’d asked for and even more!
Isn’t that always the way?!
And remember of course that as Jo + Lucy at Higher Selfie say: ‘The Universe will provide this or something better!’ (To which, as an added bonus to our dreamy apartment, we got a second swimming pool, a hot tub, and a spare bedroom - you know, just for good measure!)
Go into everything you desire with this mindset, and it won’t be long until you’re blown away by the power you hold.
I’m really fluffing excited to hear how you get on!
Sophie French is a copywriter and small business consultant, helping coaches share their work + wisdom with words that wow, and strategies that ka-pow! Connect with her on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sophiefrenchcreative