6 Clear Signs Your Manifestation Isn’t Working (And What to Do About It)

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By Anna Marikar

If you’ve been trying to manifest something in your life and it’s not working, it can be frustrating. You may feel like you are doing everything right, using a vision board, reciting affirmations, and on the right track doing all the things you’re “supposed” to do, but you are still waiting for something to happen, or even facing obstacles in your path.

Whether you manifest by channelling angel numbers, using the 369 method to manifest, or you look for a clear sign from the universe, there are so many good things that can come from manifesting.

So before you give up on your manifestation goals totally, it could be that the universe is encouraging you to change your plan.

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Signs Your Manifestation Isn’t Working

In this post, we’ll look at the most common reasons why your manifestation isn’t working and the small steps you can take to hopefully get you back on the right path. 

What is Manifestation?

Manifestation is the act of bringing something into your reality through your thoughts, emotions, and actions. It is a process of creating what you want in your life through the power of your mind.

For manifestation to work, you have to work from the heart, be clear about what it is that you want and believe that what it is you want is already yours.


6 Reasons Why Your Manifestation Isn’t Working

So you’ve been trying to manifest your dreams for months, but nothing seems to be working.

Maybe you’ve read all the books, listened to all the podcasts, and paid close attention to the universe’s signs but you’re still stuck. And it’s left you wondering what is going on.

There could be a number of reasons why your manifestation isn’t working, or why you are facing obstacles or blockages in your path.

Make sure you are on the right path to manifestation success by checking the 6 most common reasons your manifestation isn’t working.  

1. Your Intentions Aren’t Clear

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If you’re not clear about what you want to manifest, it will be difficult to bring it into your life. Having an unclear intention could mean an unclear future. 

The first thing is, It’s important to be really specific about what you want. Rather than for example, saying you want a new job which is rather vague, you need to know what type of job it is that you want, what it looks like and how it feels. It’s much easier to manifest something when you know exactly what it is. 

Steps To Take

Get super clear on what it is you want.                               

Brainstorm your ideas first then add to it until you can write down exactly what it is in detail. This will help significantly with easier manifestation.

Questions you could think about;                                           

The next step is to ask your self some questions to really dig into the specifics of what you are trying to attract, in which ever areas of your life.

What do you want in your career, relationship, lifestyle?                       

What does your ideal life look like?                                       

Why do you want this?                                                 

What will it feel like when you have it?

2. You Are Having Negative Thoughts

Whether it is doubt in the manifestation working, a lack of self belief, elements of the scarcity mindset or just plain old negative thoughts, all types of negative energy will have an impact on your manifestation outcome. 

We all have negative thoughts and lack self-belief sometimes but when it comes to manifesting, if in your subconscious mind you don’t believe that it will work or that you’re worthy of your goal, it will be difficult to achieve it. 

Manifestation works by aligning your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with what you want. So it’s important to stay positive throughout the manifestation process.

Focus on what you want to achieve, and don’t let doubt or fear creep in. 

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Steps To Take

Recognise those negative thoughts and negative feelings and challenge them by replacing them with positive ones.

Work on increasing your self-worth, and know that you deserve abundance in all forms. Practice visualising your goal and truly believing in it.

Use affirmative statements such as ‘I can do this’, ‘I am worthy of my goals’.

Make a conscious effort to release scarcity mindset and channel abundance. A great way to do this is by giving freely.

Limiting beliefs are a common reason why a lot of people have a hard time with manifesting.

It will take some practice, but eventually, you’ll be able to turn that negative inner voice into a positive one. And manifesting will become much easier when you believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals.

3. Your Manifestation Isn’t Coming From Your Heart

You can have all the self-belief and positive thinking in the world, but if you’re not truly aligned with what you want, if it doesn’t come from your heart, it won’t matter.

But, what does it mean to be aligned with what you want? It means you are trusting your intuition and following your heart’s desires to manifest from a place of love. 

If anything is out of alignment with your goal, it will be difficult to achieve it. Make sure that your thoughts, words, and actions are all in harmony with what you want to manifest. 

Sometimes, it’s easy to be influenced to go after what we think we
“should” have, rather than focusing on the things that really feel right in our own hearts.

As women, our intuition is such a powerful important thing. Trust your gut feeling, if you are manifesting something but feel uneasy then there is a good chance this is not right for you and maybe it’s the universe’s way of asking you to look at things a different way.

Steps To Take

Meditating and connecting with your higher self is the best way to become aligned with your heart’s true desires. It will also help you to release any resistance or doubt you may be holding onto.

You can even call on your spirit guide or guardian angel for guidance.

Trust that you will be given what you need to manifest your desires.

4. You’re Too Focused on Controlling the Outcome

If you are trying to plan and control the outcome, or if you’re resistant to change, it will be difficult to manifest anything new into your life. You need to be open to the changes that may come as a result of your manifestation and be ready to step outside of your comfort zone.

When you’re trying to control the specific outcome, you’re not allowing the universe to do its thing. For example, focussing on getting an ex back rather than focusing on being in love in a fulfilling relationship. If it’s not meant to be or not for the best with a particular person, then no amount of visualisation or positive thinking will make it happen.

You need to trust and believe that the universe always knows what’s best for us, even if we don’t.

It may sound like a contradiction that we need to be clear and specific about what we need, but at the same time let go of control over the end result and trust the process, but actually these are two separate things within your manifestation journey.

Keep an open mind about exactly how these blessings are going to arrive into your life – whether it’s the love of your life, an abundance of money in your bank account, or a better job. We can be really clear about what we need and how it’s going to feel, but we don’t know in what kind of package or circumstances it’s going to come into our lives.

Steps To Take:

Let go of the need to completely control the outcome when you are manifesting.

Instead, visualise what you want and release it into the universe.

Trust and have faith that the universe will do what is best for you and that your desires will be fulfilled in perfect timing.

Successful manifestation may not bring a specific person the next day or the next week, but the good news is that the very thing that you really need will come at the perfect time. The universe really does have your back.

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5. Your Vibration is Low

Everything in the universe is made up of energy, even our thoughts and feelings. How this applies to manifestation is with the law of attraction which says that like attracts like. Check out our guide on how does the law of attraction work and to get some more insight on vibrational frequency.

If your vibration is low, you are feeling sad, depressed or angry, you are more likely to attract negative things with low vibrations into your life.

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Conversely, if you’re vibrating at a high frequency, you are happy, positive and full of love, you will attract positive high vibration things into your life.

If you want to manifest your desires, it’s important to keep your vibration high, surround yourself with positive energy and you will attract things which are a vibrational match.


Steps To Take

There are many ways to raise your vibration; 

Spend time in nature. Nature is a powerful source of inspiration and healing. Try earthing to connect and rebalance. 

Meditate to quieten your mind, get rid of negative thoughts and emotions. You could try some meditation at the end of a Chakra based yoga session. 

Other things you can try are; listening to uplifting music, spending time and surrounding yourself with positive people.

The more you work on raising your vibration, the easier it will be to manifest your desires.

6. You aren’t being grateful


Gratitude is a powerful tool for manifestation, and a very important step in all manifestation techniques. It creates a state of abundance within us and changes our mindset.

Be thankful for what you have, every single day and believe that more is on the way. The more grateful you are, the more you will receive.

With gratitude for the small things, we soon receive even more big things. This principal is found in almost every major world faith, religion and spirituality. Whatever you call God or your higher power, many of these core beliefs are universal.

Steps To Take

Some ideas to increase your gratitude;

Keep a daily gratitude journal. As a first step, here are some examples for your gratitude list if you need a little help.

Give back

Write a positive review

Tell others that you are thankful

Be grateful for the most important person in your life: you!

More on Manifestation

Manifestation is such a powerful tool, and when you feel the manifesting working and see the universe provide exactly what you need – this feeling is unmatched!

It’s a great idea to read up and find out a little more, and soon you will be well on your way to successful manifesting. Good luck!


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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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