What to Avoid When Manifesting: Biggest Reasons for Failure

In most of my articles, I tell you what to do in order to achieve success with manifestation. But in learning what to do, it is equally as important to understand what not to do.

Today, we will discuss what one should avoid doing in manifestation — the many pitfalls that are easily fallen into, that hinder progress and keep one stuck in a perpetual loop of failure.

How Manifestation Works

First and foremost, it’s key to understand that manifestation is all about working with the subconscious mind. The subconscious is the control center directing everything. The ideas held in our subconscious control us like puppets, often toward unwanted ends, but once we learn to control and direct it we turn from puppets to masters and find at our sides an extraordinary power.

To manifest, one must find a way to implant the suggestion of one’s desire on the subconscious mind. The successful implantation of a goal or desire will ultimately lead to the manifestation of it in external reality. Always remember that as your framework. It is essential both for further study and practical application.

It follows from this, that all possible mistakes one can make that stagnate the manifestation process have in common that they either stop the suggestion of the desire from entering into the subconscious or they implant or strengthen suggestions of an opposite nature, thus stealing the place of and casting out the suggested desire.

With this in mind, let’s now get more specific. Let’s look at some of the biggest and most common mistakes that lead to failure in manifestation.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Manifestation

From the section before, it becomes clear why certain approaches are counterproductive. Here are some of the most significant mistakes to avoid:

1. Lack of Repetition and Consistency

One of the more elementary ones is a lack of consistent practice. Manifestation is not a skill acquired through mere reading; it requires going within and making lasting mental changes. Sporadically visualizing or affirming will not do this.

To manifest, the suggestion needs to become a permanent part of your being, and this is done through regular practice. If practice is irregular, the suggestion will fizzle out and there will be no permanent change in the subconscious.

Repetition and consistency are also important because it familiarizes you with the practice. Learning is not done through reading and studying only; one has to test, experiment, and go through a process of trial and error. When you inevitably encounter failure, it’s important to pick yourself up, to understand that it’s part of the learning process, and to keep going.

2. Trying to Will Things Into Being

A common approach done by many attempting to manifest is acting, feeling and thinking as if you are already in possession of your desire. While this isn’t inherently a bad method, remember a manifestation will only occur if the new idea has been ingrained in the subconscious. If you, for instance, act as if you are now rich, but your subconscious holds a contrary idea, it will lead to a sense of internal conflict and resistance, and you will feel that you are always swimming against the stream. This yields no results and ultimately exhausts one to the point of giving up.


Instead, a better technique is this: take time out each day to sit down, to close your eyes and relax. Then, visualize yourself now in possession of your desire, and keep doing so until you feel a sense of satisfaction. This transforms the subconscious — it implants your desire within it — and if this practice be repeated regularly acting as if it is not necessary.

3. Fearing Emotion

This mistake is based on the incorrect assumption that “If I feel bad, then bad things will manifest.” But this is not correct. Every time a negative thought or emotion pops up, the worst thing one can do is think “Oh no, I have to be positive,” and then strain and struggle to be so as this only reinforces the negative emotion.


Again, I call attention to the conscious and the subconscious mind. When you feel sad, stressed, or disappointed, remember that as long as you have successfully impressed the idea in your subconscious, the idea will manifest no matter what you’re feeling. The danger is in reacting to the emotion, fearing that it has any power, as this will give a contrary self-suggestion that uproots the desire from the subconscious.

4. Going Further Than Faith Can Bear

If you are a beginner or you are struggling, I recommend manifesting something that you feel is within your ability to achieve — something you believe is possible. For example, if you are struggling to manifest direct changes in the external world, try going for a goal that revolves around your own personality and character.

A good suggestion that works for anyone at any level is Émile Coué’s “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” This one shifts the winds in one’s favor, and every aspect will be turned toward continual betterment. As this happens, faith in the power of the mind will grow, and, armed with this faith, one can now move on to manifestations that require more belief.

5. Giving Up

One of the most critical mistakes is giving in to self-pity and giving up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves when things don’t go as planned, but this attitude is a setback when learning to manifest. When we give up in despair, saying “I can’t do it” a negative self-suggestion is given and the cycle of failure is reinforced.


Overcoming the temptation to give up requires persistence and a shift in perspective. Once again I emphasize that manifestation is a skill that demands time, patience, and continuous effort.

When faced with setbacks, instead of succumbing to self-pity, view these moments for what they are: learning experiences. Analyze what may have gone wrong and contemplate ways to improve. There isn’t something wrong with you, you are simply learning. It’s crucial that you keep your head up.


Understanding what not to do is just as important as understanding what to do. Manifestation is about implanting your desire in the subconscious, and learning to do so requires patience and persistence, and a belief in the power of your own mind to bring about the desired changes. If you just can’t seem to make it work, try going for an easier, more believable goal. But please, never get discouraged by failure; it is a necessary step. Keep going, keep adjusting, keep trying. It is not as hard as it may seem, and I believe anyone who is serious enough can learn it.

I hope you found this article helpful. Thanks for reading.


Hi, I'm Chris. I have actively been practicing the art of manifestation for several years now, and have manifested many things in my own life. I have seen firsthand how powerful manifesting is, and how huge the result can be. On this website, I want to share my knowledge and experience from my many years of doing this and provide you with practical tips and techniques for the purpose of helping you manifest your desires and create the life that you want.

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