I know the word “manifest” is so overused, your brain is shutting down. But wait. Jimmy Fallon does it. And not in a fru fru West Coast way.
Here’s how I found out: NPR replayed a Fresh Air interview with Jimmy Fallon today.
For the record, Jimmy never used the word “mainfest,” but he told a long story about how he bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder at a garage sale with his mom, and used it to record Saturday Night Live monologues when he was a kid.
He loved Saturday Night Live so much that he’d memorize the monologues then play them in his room and mouth the words to himself in the mirror, as if each one were his monologue.
If that’s not manifesting I don’t know what is.
I think I first heard the term when I was too lazy to read The Secret, so I watched the DVD. It’s all about envisioning what you want. Talking about it. Creating vision boards that remind you ever so sweetly of your goals. It’s about focus.
A friend of mine, the one who lent me The Secret DVD, was up for a huge editor gig at a major magazine. She called me, knowing I loved said magazine, and asked me to cut out the name of the person listed in the position she had applied for, then write her name on a tiny piece of paper, and tape it in. I was pretty skeptical about the whole operation, but I love her, so I did it. She did it too.
She got the job.
If you’re an anxiety superstar, like me, it’s easy to doubt yourself. Or to even stop yourself from dreaming, because if you stay where it’s safe and familiar, even mentally, you’re that much less likely to panic.
Manifesting allows you to get to know your dreams and adventures, before they come.
When they do, they’ll seem like old friends. You’ll be so happy to see them, you’ll forget to worry.
Jimmy Fallon image via NBC.