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Can You Manifest Something by Writing It Down?

In this article we will talk about how you can manifest something by writing it down.

The idea that you can manifest your dreams can hit you in one of two ways. Either you think it sounds like magical thinking or you are totally on board with the concept and regularly practice it.

No matter how you feel about manifestation as a concept, neuroscience confirm that it works.

In fact, research shows that it’s important to write down what you want to manifest rather than just saying it out loud or thinking of it.

It may seem like a minor detail, but research suggests otherwise. Here’s how it works.

How to Manifest by Writing It Down

External Storage

You’ll start, of course, by writing down what you would like to manifest — or make happen — in your life. You’ll need to put it in a place where you’ll see it every day.

That could be on your phone, laptop, fridge, or mirror. When you take it out of your head and put it into a visual form, you’ll have external storage, or a reminder you can see about your idea.


The way that encoding works is that when you come up with what you’d like to manifest, you create a record of it in your mind.

When you write it down, you reinforce that thought. It’s more likely to stick with repetition.

Long-Term Memory

Writing down what you want to manifest will also help store it in long-term memory through that encoding process.

Instead of being an idea easily forgotten, it will stay in your mind and help you to bring it into existence.

Regarding this, there’s a great, powerful exercise that can help you manifest your desired reality and it’s called shifting. I recently found an interesting article that explains the process of shifting for beginners.

Goal Clarity

While it may seem like magical thinking to assume that writing things down leads to better outcomes, it’s a psychologically sound idea.

When you write down your goals and what you’d like to manifest for yourself, you gain clarity. It’s no longer an abstract concept or idle wish. It becomes a plan with action steps.

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Reinforces Resolution

Writing down your goals will also help you stay on track to complete them. It can help you stay dedicated to following through with the plan you’ve made.

If your goal is an unwritten, abstract concept, you can keep changing it when you don’t feel like working very hard to complete it. With a written goal, there’s a visual reminder of your end goal.

Reinforces Rewards

As you move through the process of manifesting your desires, you can check off steps on a written plan. It will give you a sense of accomplishment to have a visual of your progress. It can also help keep you motivated to stay on track.

How to Write a Successful Manifestation

Now that you know the science behind writing down manifestations, let’s talk about how to write them. There’s a science to this, too.

It’s more than just saying, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to find love”. These goals are far too general to bring about a truly successful manifestation. Try this instead.


Goals should be SMART — specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound. This is important. If any of these factors are missing, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure.

Because weight loss is a common goal, let’s break down a way to make it a SMARTer one. Conceptualize how much weight you would like to lose and why.

For instance, “I want to lose X pounds to fit into X size because it’s easier on my back and joints and makes me feel better and feel like I look better, too.” That’s specific.

It’s also measurable. You can measure weight loss with inches, pounds, clothing size, or any other metric that feels right to you.

Yet, that goal still isn’t a SMART one. It still needs action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound aspects to complete it. It isn’t realistic to try to lose a lot of weight in one or two weeks, or even one or two months.

Find out what is considered a healthy, sustainable amount of weight to lose each week. Set the timeframe accordingly.

You’ll also need to add action steps like eating more fruit and vegetables, incorporating more movement into your lifestyle, and even getting enough sleep to help your body as you transition into a healthier lifestyle.

Own Your Intentions

Even more importantly, know why you want what you want. If it’s because other people say you should lose weight or climb the career ladder or find love, it won’t make you happy to achieve it. Own your intentions.

Research into the endowment effect shows that owning what we want incorporates into our identity, according to an article by Vanessa Van Edwards in the Science of People.

Make sure that you are setting manifestations for what you truly desire. You need to do it for you, not for anyone else. This will help your resolve and motivation as you move through the difficult stages of change.

Identify Obstacles

Consider what roadblocks you may encounter along the way. Where does your motivation flag?

Are there people in your life who will discourage or actively try to sabotage your progress?

If you can identify the challenges in advance, you can strategize ways to overcome them.

For instance, if you usually fail to achieve your goals at a certain point in time or at a particular level of difficulty, you might want to find accountability partners to help encourage you along the way.

Just like addicts have sponsors, you may need someone to sponsor and encourage your progress toward change.

If you know there are certain people who won’t support your goals, you might want to move them to your outer circle and make sure your inner circle is filled with people who want what’s best for you, not what’s comfortable for them.

If there are unsupportive people in your life, be sure to create healthy boundaries and don’t go to them for support as you work toward your goals.

There are real challenges to achieving certain goals. While it would be great if life had an even playing field, it doesn’t. There are many barriers for women, people of color, disabled individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Discrimination is real, and people who experience it have to work a lot harder than others to achieve their goals.

Acknowledging these challenges and finding communities of support can help you as you navigate these difficulties.

Identify Your Desire

How much do you want it? Do you really want what you say you want, or do you just vaguely want it? How important is it to you to achieve? The truth is that some goals don’t become reality because the passion isn’t really there.

You might think that a promotion at work would be nice, but you are happy enough where you are not to really work for it.

You could think that being more organized sounds great, but you aren’t overly motivated to achieve it.

If passion isn’t fueling the change, expect the initial spark to die out long before you reach your end goal.

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Manifest Your Destiny — A Conclusion

If you’re wondering if you can manifest something by writing it down, remember this: science has plenty of evidence that goals are much more effective when they’re written down.

The real question is — what’s stopping you from doing it?

Are you afraid of failure? Of success? Of not being worthy of what you truly want?

It could be that you are your own worst enemy.

Aren’t we all sometimes? I hope you believe that you are worthy of the life you want to live. Then, I hope you write it down and make it happen.

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