Defining your vision, goals and intentions is the first step in manifestation.

It may seem obvious, but unless you are clear in your own mind about what you want, the Universe can’t deliver it and you may end up with something surprisingly different! Yet how many people don’t take the time to fully describe what they want to achieve?

A Harvard Business study conducted in 1979 with MBA graduates revealed remarkable statistics relating to goal setting and success.

  • 83% had no specific goals.
  • 14% had goals, but they weren’t written down.
  • 3% had written goals and plans to accomplish them.

The study found that the 14% who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 83% without goals. The 3% with written goals were earning 10 times more than the other 97% put together.

Clearly, you are far more likely to achieve a goal if it is written down and you have a plan.

How detailed do you need to be?

There are different schools of thought about how we should describe the vision, goals and intentions we want to manifest. One school of thought says we should define our intention to the smallest detail, another says we should make it more general so we don’t limit the scale of the manifestation.

I was pondering this point before one of my workshops on Empowered Manifestation and was blessed with another of those intuitive downloads about how manifestation works.

Having worked in IT as an analyst and project manager for over 20 years, I know that one of the biggest problems in developing computer systems is when users try to dictate the solution instead of letting the experts (analysts, designers and programmers) work it out for them. They either get something that just doesn’t work or they get far less than they could have had.

It’s the same with manifestation.

Instead of describing the solution down to the smallest detail, let the expert (God/Source/Divine) know your requirements and work out the best solution for you.

By detailing your requirements you’re not only describing what you want, you’re also stating the reason why you want it, so that the Universe can deliver the perfect response to your request.

By letting the Universe guide your choices, the outcome often turns out to be far better than you expected, with lots of added benefits you hadn’t even thought of.

Alignment with Purpose

One of the key factors in empowered manifestation is that your vision, goals and intentions should be aligned with your life purpose.

Actually, every desire and intention should have a purpose – and defining the purpose is what gives the Universe the space to create the perfect outcome for you.

It’s the why!

Specifying your requirements (the what and the why) allows the Universe (the ultimate architect) to design and deliver the best solution without limitations. You usually get much more when you leave the solution to the expert… in this case God/Source/Divine/Universe, and a generous one at that!

Why do I want this house?

“I want to be able to accommodate my family when they come to visit, have dinner parties for up to 10 people, have views of the mountains, a creek or river running through the property, 100 acres or more to accommodate 10 horses or more, with a barn, indoor and outdoor arena and access to public land for trail riding.”

That’s very different from saying I want ‘Paradise Ranch’ in Durango, Colorado. The Universe may have far more in store for you than you have imagined.

Unlimited Living

Robert Schuller said, “make your dreams big enough for God to fit into”. In other words, don’t limit the scope of your vision, goals and intentions.

A Course in Miracles states “there is no order of difficulty in miracles”. In other words, manifesting a big intention is just the same process as manifesting a small intention. Have faith, think big and you can move mountains.

T. Harv Eker in his book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind talks about a wealth thermostat, meaning that we have a belief about the level of prosperity that is possible for us, based on our experience and upbringing. So, we tend to limit our desires according to what we believe is possible, rather than what we really want. This applies not only to wealth but also to self-image, relationships and, in fact, to every aspect of life.

When you think about what you desire and set your vision, goals and intentions, let your imagination take over and give yourself permission to think big and without limits.

In the Universe there is unlimited abundance, so anything is possible; the only limitations are the scope of your imagination and your beliefs.

Action Step to Define Your Vision, Goals and Intentions

Write down a list of things you want under the following 5 categories. Just note down the things that come easily to mind and when you’ve completed your list of desires for a category, focus on each desire and write down the reasons why you want each one. If you can’t think of anything for a particular category, just move on.

  • Home
  • Career
  • Money
  • Health
  • Relationships

By doing this exercise you’ll focus on the things that are most important to you and launch your requests to the Universe. By understanding the reasons why you want them, you’ll also be lessening resistance to them and adding clarity and power to your thoughts and feelings.

Extracted from my book Empowered Manifestation – How to create unlimited prosperity, health and happiness using the Universal Laws of Success, available from

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Jan Shaw – The Success Alchemist, is a Spiritual Empowerment and Intuitive Success Coach, Success Strategist, Mindset & Manifestation Mentor. She delivers intuitive guidance, spiritual and metaphysical teaching, plus practical life and business success strategies, to support you in fulfilling your Soul Mission and Life Purpose and achieving your highest potential.

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