Why Is My Manifestation Not Working?

why is my manifestation not working

Damn! Why is my manifestation not working? I’ve been at it for 4 weeks now and I still haven’t manifested a million dollars. I’ve visualized, did my affirmations, and even made a vision board.

Does this sound familiar? We’ve all had times when we get discouraged when we want to manifest something and it is just not showing up.

The main reasons why your manifestation is not working is usually a lack of clarity, you are trying too hard or you are blinded by the means to the end.

What is really going on when you have a strong desire to manifest something and no matter how hard your try it is just not showing up?

Is the law of attraction just not working for you?

At times it might feel like that but in reality, it only serves to confirm that the law of attraction is indeed working. The law of attraction is always working perfectly.

Just because you are not manifesting what you think you should do not mean that the law of attraction is not working.

If you are not manifesting that which you intend to manifest then there is some mismatch between your intention and your manifestation.

There are usually 3 scenarios that will help you to better troubleshoot your manifestation process.

→ When You Manifest The Opposite of What You Want

This is quite common and the explanation is quite simple. When you have a strong desire to manifest something “big” you place a lot of charge on that idea.

It becomes “heavy” and very important to you. Instead of your intention being filled with the joy of receiving it and already having it, your intention is filled with fear and worry.

This happens a lot with people who are broke and urgently want to manifest money. Their thoughts are usually dominated by the fear and the consequences of their manifestation not showing up.

Because that aspect of it dominates their thoughts and their attention, it must attract more of that energy; the energy of fear and the worse possible outcomes they fear.

The result is that even though you consciously want to attract more money, your intention and your thoughts are dominated by the fear of not having it and the manifestation not showing up.

If your intentions of what you want to manifest invoke fear then you need to change the focus of what you want to manifest.

Instead of trying to manifest a million dollars in your bank account by next week, try and manifest a wonderful job that pays you very well. As you start shifting your energy away from the fearful side of the coin you can start building bigger and better manifestations.

→ When You Keep Manifesting More of What You Already Have

This is the most frustrating one because you feel like you are stuck and not making progress. Not making progress can be very debilitating and lead to depression.

Progress makes us feel like we have a say in our lives. It makes us feel like what we do can direct and control our lives to some extent.

If we don’t have that we feel out of control. It’s frustrating as heck!

The explanation for this is quite simple. If you keep attracting more of what you already have (or had) then it is a result of your habitual patterns of thinking and feeling about things.

Your mind is very powerful and habits of thought are mostly unconscious. On a conscious level, you may want something more or something better but your subconscious patterns of thought keep you in a loop that becomes self-fulfilling.

You have to snap yourself out of your habitual thought patterns. Do something new. Do something different. Break out of your routines.

If you keep thinking the way you’ve always thought then you will keep attracting what you’ve always gotten.

→ When You Manifest a “Weak Version” Of What You Want

This is quite common but probably a better manifestation problem to have. You may have a big intention to manifest $100,000 but despite your best efforts you “only” manifest $10,000.

Some people get very discouraged by this but if anything this should be an encouragement. You know and have experienced your ability to manifest.

You may just have to clean up your energy and your beliefs a little bit. The main reason why you don’t attract the “size” or magnitude of what you intended is mostly because of your beliefs.

If it is too big and bold and beyond what you believe you deserve then there is a “snap back” effect where you will subconsciously scale down your intention to what you believe you deserve.

Working on your limiting beliefs is an important part of fixing this. Scaling up your manifestations is another way to deal with this.

Start by manifesting something small and then gradually scale it up to bigger and better manifestations. This process will build your belief and remove the “mountain” of trying to manifest something huge.

The 5 Reasons Why Your Manifestation Is Not Working

In recent years law of attraction teachings has focussed a lot on various techniques and strategies. For the most part, these are good.

Having a strategy and something to work on daily can be very helpful. The danger is when it becomes all about the technique.

Manifestation techniques and methods are only a means to an end. No technique or method in and of itself will “make” you manifest anything. Some techniques will work better or worse for you and that depends only on your own personality.

The last place to look for an explanation as to why your manifestation did not work is in the technique you used. Most super successful people use the law of attraction unconsciously so let that be some food for thought.

If you had a strong intention to manifest something and it did not work then you probably made one or more of these five manifestation mistakes.

1. Lack of Clarity

Clarity is power. We hear that a lot. In fact, I’ve heard it so often that I don’t even pay much attention to it anymore. This is not a good place to be.

Cliches often hold great universal truths and in this case it certainly does. By nature your mind is not good at future pacing.

You need to give your mind very clear and detailed “instructions” about what you want it to move towards. Your mind is always moving towards some image you hold – even if it is just subconscious.

If you want to deliberately manifest something you need to have a crystal clear vision of exactly what you want.

Imagine for a second that your intention is a picture that you are painting in your mind. How detailed is it? How clear and how vibrant is it?

The clarity of your vision goes beyond just giving your mind instructions. On a quantum level it relates directly to the energy your create with your thoughts and feelings which in turn will determine what the law of attraction brings back into your life.

Having vague goals like an amount of money or “a better job” rarely have the details or the emotional connection to allow it to manifest.

To manifest anything you need to place yourself in that accomplished state where you can really live and experience the reality of the accomplished goal in your mind.

2. Focused On The Means To An End

This is probably one of the biggest manifestation mistakes that almost everyone makes. It is one of the main reasons why many people’s manifestation is not working.

We tend to think that our solutions to a problem are the best or the only solutions.

Yu may have a lot of financial problems in your life and then your logic leads you to the conclusion that more money will fix your problems.

Your intention then shifts to you wanting to manifest more money. You think that it is money that you need but the harsh truth is that it rarely is.

What you really want is what the money will give you.

This is what you should really be focussing on. What you will eventually get from what you think you want to manifest is what you should really be placing your energy and your attention on.

As long as you are focussed on the means to an end you will limit the law of attraction and out of the millions of potential avenues for you to manifest you will limit yourself to just one.

Really think very hard about what it is that you really want. Get clear on that.

Once you know the ultimate outcome then you can place all your energy and attention on that. This is when the universe opens up and where you truly allow creative intelligence to work its magic.

3. Beliefs Holding You Back

Beliefs are powerful thoughts that act like a leash in your life. Beliefs can quite literally limit you from doing things even though there is no physical “leash” to hold you back.

Beliefs are designed to help you function more effectively in this world. It is a shortcut for your mind so that it does not have to figure everything out all the time.

This means that. Job done.

The challenge is that most of your beliefs were formed without your conscious awareness. It gets formed subconsciously by what you observe and experience.

If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.

– Louise Hay

Most beliefs erve you very well and help you be an efficient and effective human being. It is the false beliefs and those beliefs that limit you that hold you back.

You can think of a belief as a very strong and solid thought that is deeply rooted in your mind. Trying to remove this strong thought with your conscious effort can be very tough.

If you grew up with a belief that making money is hard and you saw first hand day-in and day-out how your parents struggled and worked hard then you can have the best intentions and the most powerful manifestation techniques known to man.

It won’t make a difference. The belief will be in control.

Until and unless you remove and replace these limiting beliefs you simply won’t manifest something that is in opposition to the beliefs.

This is most prevalent with money and relationships. There’s a lit of emotion attached to them and we all grew up seeing and experiencing this on a very emotional level.

We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.

– Roger Ebert

4. Lack Of Energy and Attention

There is this new wave of law of attraction “teachers” who spew all sorts of falsehoods in the hope of gaining some more YouTube views.

The idea of instantly manifesting everything you want without doing anything is just false. It is deceptive and just plain lies and all the so-called “techniques” are nothing more than gimmicks.

To manifest anything you will need to give your energy and your attention to the intention.

The law of attraction dicates that whatever you give your energy and attention to will manifest in your life.

How much energy and how much attention?

You don’t know.

Impatience is big reason for your manifestation not working. The real question is not how long will it take to manifest what you want but how long are you willing to remain enthusiastic about your intention.

How strong is your desire?
How much emotion do you invest in your intention?
Are you able to completely let go of the outcome?

There is a Zen saying that infinite patience produces immediate results.

Ponder that for a second.

If you have infinite patience then the immediate result is that you are at peace with it and only when you stop demanding and reach a place of peace can you truly be in a creative state where you can manifest much faster.

Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way.

– Darryl Anka

5. You Are Trying To Hard

Most people’s manifestation is not working because they get in their own way. Letting go and allowing the law of attraction to do its work is not easy for most people.

We’ve all been lead to believe that to achieve something you have to make things happen.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The idea of “making tings happen” is tainted with a distrust in the universe.

Your job in the creative process of manifesting anything is NOT trying to figure out how to make it happen. Your job is only to get very clear on exactly what you want and give your energy and your attention to that.

Things will come your way and you will need to take action. Often you will need to work really hard but the key difference is that you don’t try to be in charge and dictate the HOW.

This is a really hard concept to understand and even harder to implement in your life. Letting go and handing the controls over to the universe requires a lot of trust and often a lifetime of trying to control everything.

One thing you can be sure of is this: the universe always knows the fastest and the most effective and most joyful way to bring to you what you desire.

Trying to figure out how you can make it happen is fruitless. You are far better off spending your time on crafting your vision and getting very clear on what you do want. You do your part and let the universe do its part.

Why Is My Manifestation Not Working – Conclusion

When your manifestation is not working and you are not attracting what you intend to manifest then you are probably making one or more common (but not obvious) mistakes.

The problem is not with your “method or technique”. This are usually just gimmicks and a means to an end at best.

Understanding the most important principles of manifesting will help you troubleshoot and understand why it did not manifest.

On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”

– Eckhart Tolle

Hindsight is also a powerful teacher. Often you can look back at something you wanted to manifest 2 or 3 years ago and with a new perspective you often gain the understanding as to why it did not manifest.

These are powerful insights that will teach you not just a valuable lesson in manifesting but a valuable lesson in being YOU.

Understanding yourself is wisdom. It also holds the key to manifesting anything you want in life. You never have to look outside yourself for true answers because ultimately it is all within you.


With a passion for spirituality, self discovery, and understanding this life, Neod spends his time musing about what is, what could be and what might come about. After writing for 20 years he's still growing, learning, exploring and sharing with love, joy and compassion.

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