Yes, you *can* have everything you want
Girls' Life magazine|February/March 2021
It’s time to manifest your biggest dreams. Because making (and not keeping) new year’s resolutions is so last year.
By Haley Hoffman Smith

If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’ve probably heard of manifesting: The idea that, through motivational energy boosts, positive vibes and going after your goals, you can shape your reality.

After a year where everything felt, tbh, a little out of our hands, who doesn’t want to feel stronger and more in charge? (There’s a good reason why #manifesting has more than 500 million views.)

Manifesting is about realizing that *we* are in control of our future. Though we can’t change the past (or, often, the tough events of the present), we do have the power to set goals and intentions as we go forward. Anyone can manifest— as long as you set your mind to it and check-in with yourself along the way.

Maybe you’re hoping to be accepted to your first-choice college, make tennis team captain, ask your longtime crush to be your Valentine or study abroad in Paris someday. Even seemingly impossible goals can feel less daunting when you manifest. And when it works? It’s just like magic (to quote Ariana Grande, one of the many celebs who uses manifesting).

So next time you’re staring at a packed study planner with no idea where to start, or wishing for that amazing internship, take a deep breath, curl up in your go-to comfy-cozy spot and remember the 1-2-3s of manifesting: Focus, frequency and feeling.

RULE 1: FOCUS

It might seem obvious to say, but if you want something, stay focused on it.

Which is actually easier said than done, since it’s tough to stick to the program if you’re caught up in the possibility of failure. And it’s very normal to let yourself off easy by setting lower expectations.

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