My sister and I grew up hearing that we should always say and think good of ourselves and others. Our mother used to tell us that that an angel out there repeatedly said “Amen!” and if we said good things, the angel heard our words and made them come true.
In recent years, we’ve been introduced to the concept of ‘manifestation’. People are scrolling social media platforms like Instagram and paying to be coached in the art of manifestation to achieve their dreams. According to Wikipedia, “Manifestation refers to various pseudo-scientific self-help strategies that can purportedly make an individual’s wishes come true by mentally visualising them.”
I do not question whether this method works. I believe that we should do everything possible to realise our dreams and if this is not gained at the cost of someone else’s happiness, we should reach out with open arms.
Ultimately, everything depends upon our thoughts, and since our thoughts guide our actions, optimistic thoughts can generate only positive results. When we believe that a certain act of ours will lead us to attaining our goals, we put in greater effort than we would otherwise have done. We’re willing to push boundaries and take every opportunity to learn new things and take greater risks in order to achieve our dreams.
But if in this belief we are not completely true to ourselves and we’re actually niggled by self-doubt, realising our goals may pose a difficulty. Although, this does not mean we give up. Some amount of doubt is in fact good as it challenges us to strive harder and reap a better outcome. Fulfilment of any dream desires one to seek opportunity and take suitable action.
As Sir Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and business magnate, puts it, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you’re not sure you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later.”