Affirmations and manifestation are closely intertwined, but they’re not the same thing. They work in parallel to make changes to your life, usually in conjunction with the law of attraction. Of course, how closely they work together primarily comes down to your approach:

  • You can state affirmations without intentionally manifesting anything
  • You can manifest your dreams and goals without a single affirmation – although I can’t say that’s advisable!

Indeed, manifestation is more reliant on affirmations, which I consider as being the building blocks of any successful manifestation. However, affirming “I feel motivated” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re manifesting motivation. Instead, it could simply mean you’re convincing yourself of your motivation to succeed. The universe doesn’t need to get involved in the slightest!

How Affirmations Power Manifestation

As touched on above, if I plan to manifest something, I’ll use affirmations. You don’t have to, but it works for me, and I’d advise anyone to follow the same kind of strategy.

If you want to manifest something into your life, you should start with at least one affirmation. Here’s how to write an affirmation if you haven’t done it before. Once you’ve got this noted down somewhere, the law of attraction world is your oyster. You can use that single manifestation in a journal, on a manifestation list, on a vision board and anywhere else that makes sense to you.

The 5 Pillars of Successful Affirmations

Let’s say I wanted to manifest a new car. The affirmation writing guide above relies on five pillars, so I’d break it down as follows:

  • Presence: I’m so grateful to be driving…
  • Gratitude: I’m so grateful
  • Positivity: I’m so grateful and excited
  • Clarity: …to be driving a brand new red Ford Fiesta
  • Feeling: …and excited to be…

The final affirmation would be something along the lines of: “I’m so grateful and excited to be driving a brand new red Ford Fiesta.

Do I really want a Ford Fiesta, new or otherwise? Not in the slightest. You can replace that car (and the colour) with anything that you really do want to bring into your life. Of course, it doesn’t even need to be a car at all. The same process applies to anything you could possibly want to manifest.

Want to manifest a Ford Fiesta?

You could write down that single sentence anywhere that makes sense to you. As noted, you could enter it on your manifestation list, or scribble it on your vision board. If you do use it for a vision board, you can combine it with an image of a red Ford Fiesta to help power the overall visualization. If that just so happens to be your dream car when you’re being realistic, here’s a link to Google images, where I can confirm that there’s absolutely no shortage of red Ford Fiesta pictures!

Using Affirmations for Manifestation

The best way to use your affirmation to cause a manifestation is to combine it with a tried and tested technique. I’ll give you some ideas, but remember the personal nature of manifesting. This might not be your first rodeo. If you’ve manifested successfully in the past, using affirmations or otherwise, try that again first.

Nothing beats personal experience when it comes to the law of attraction. You can read every manifestation technique ever committed to paper. You could spend hours on YouTube and Tik Tok to see what’s trendy. Unfortunately, all other people, including myself, can do is tell you what works for them. That’s nowhere near as important as what works for you.

If you want to manifest something into your life, you should start with at least one affirmation.

Of course, if you want to try something different or have never successfully manifested with affirmations before, a ‘proven’ technique is always a great place to start. For example, the 5×55 manifestation method utilizes written affirmations, while the 369 method is flexible, enabling you to write, say, think or even listen to your affirmations with the same outcome.

I tend to find written affirmations the most powerful. Once again, that’s pretty personal. I’m a writer above anything else, so I’m familiar with the power of words. I also find that the words I write are often even more emotional than speaking them.

Emotion matters. Feeling is one of the five pillars of successful affirmations, as outlined above. But, as I always say, the best affirmations are less about the words they contain and more focused on how those words make you feel!

Fortunately, you don’t have to speak affirmations out loud for them to work, and I curated five of the best ways to manifest with writing recently.

Is Affirmation the Same as Manifestation? – In Summary

While affirmation and manifestation are closely linked, they’re not the same. Of course, you can do one without the other, although I’m of the opinion that manifestation is more reliant on affirmations than the other way around.

If you find yourself asking whether affirmation is the same as manifestation because you want to see positive change in your life, then my closing thought is that you should learn more about both. I’ve sprinkled links to various other articles throughout this post, and I’d definitely recommend checking out any that catch your eye. The great thing about these topics, albeit perhaps one of the most overwhelming aspects for beginners, is that there’s always something new to learn and experiment with.

With so much to do, there’s every reason to get started immediately!