By: Sarah Rance
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- Staying optimistic can be very difficult for college students. Endless assignments and studying easily become very overwhelming and some students have to balance a job on top of it. Like many other college students, I was feeling pretty stressed out, so naturally, I vented to my work supervisor and she jokingly said, “Have you tried manifesting?”
I had no idea what manifesting was, so I looked it up. Basically, manifesting involves cultivating an experience that you wish to actually have. For example, if you want to be successful, live as if you are successful and believe that it will come your way. It is a process that you must fully believe in if you want it to work, or so they say. You also need to be willing to work, you can’t just expect what you want to appear instantly. For example, if you want to be successful but currently sit at home all day doing nothing, you can’t expect that one day someone will just call you up and ask you to be a CEO. Some people use manifesting as a means of getting money. Rather than keeping a negative mindset like “I am broke” and “I can’t have nice things because I don’t have money” they start believing “I will have money soon” and other more positive thoughts. And, if done right, that money will come soon enough.
Now, do I believe in the process of manifesting? Yes and no. I haven’t explored it enough to fully endorse it and swear by it, but it does seem to be beneficial. Maybe it doesn’t literally work, but constantly looking at the glass as half empty will not get you anywhere. If nothing else, manifesting seems to be a good way of staying optimistic and consequently, having a healthy mindset.
Perhaps that’s why manifesting works for some people. Positive thoughts lead to a healthy mind, and a more healthy mind can lead to determination and endurance. Maybe staying optimistic is the key to getting what you want. Give it a try and see if things start to improve!