Manifesting a New Life

Embrace Change with Positivity and a Plan

Katharine Chestnut
3 min readAug 12, 2023

Embarking on and manifesting change in your life can be both exciting and frightening. These fresh starts present the opportunity to break away from the usual routines and patterns, allowing you to grow and evolve. The key to making the most of this new beginning lies in your ability to create the change you wish to see by setting clear intentions, cultivating a positive mindset, and taking actionable steps towards your goals.

Appreciating and understanding the need for change while identifying your goals is crucial in establishing a strong foundation for your new chapter. To manifest lasting improvements, you must be ready to explore any limiting beliefs that might hinder your progress. Developing a positive mindset is vital in driving the change you desire, as it enables you to tap into your inner strength and harness a sense of purpose.

Understanding the Need for Change

Change is an inevitable part of life, and embracing it can lead to inner growth and rich personal development. Recognizing the need for change in your life is the first step towards manifesting a new chapter.

Often, you might find yourself feeling stuck, dissatisfied or standing at a crossroads. This could be a result of various factors, such as unfilled dreams, personal growth, relationships, or just plain ol’ not living up to your potential. Acknowledging these feelings is essential in paving your way towards change.

I dare say, you probably already felt the truth of your situation in your body before you verbalized it. During the last two years of my marriage, I sensed creepy-crawlies on my shoulders, as if spiders were on me. It didn’t feel good. Neither did the covert narcissistic abuse that I was subjected to for over a decade. My body knew, even if I didn’t want to accept and connect the physical manifestation of my suffering. Because that would mean I would need to change something in my life. While this might sound a bit over-the-top, when I finally did start to make changes for the better, the crawlies went quickly away.

And yes, it is entirely natural to feel resistance or fear when it comes to change. You may worry about potential risks or the larger and long-term impact on your current life. Regardless of any discomfort you may feel (or ignore), there is comfort in the familiar. However, remember that growth and transformation frequently requires stepping well outside of your comfort zone.

To embrace change, allow yourself to reflect on your life. Look at what is truly working and reevaluate where improvements can be made. Consider what aspects of your life no longer serve you or align with your values and aspirations. By being honest with yourself and identifying these areas, you can start taking necessary steps towards a new chapter.

Step 1: Identify Goals

Set Concrete Goals

Starting a new chapter in your life requires setting clear intentions. Begin by reflecting on your desires and ambitions. Consider areas in your life that may need improvement, as well as dreams that you may have put on hold. To make your goals more concrete and attainable, use the SMART criteria:

  • Specific: Clearly define what you want to achieve.
  • Measurable: Include criteria that allow you to track your progress.
  • Achievable: Set realistic goals within your abilities and resources.
  • Relevant: Ensure the goals are inline with your values and bigger life objectives.
  • Time-bound: Set timeframes and deadlines to motivate yourself.

Spend time brainstorming and writing down a list of your goals for the next few months, year, and even several years. I like to do this quarterly using the Inner Affirmations journaling method to ensure that I stay as authentic as possible. I suggest keeping your list handy and revisit it often.

Read the rest of the steps to manifesting here.

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Originally published at on August 11, 2023.



Katharine Chestnut

From the world of marketing and sm biz, to self-care and wellness practices. She is committed to help others discover their wisdom.