You've studied hard, made some great friends, and had a lot of fun along the way, but university life ultimately comes to an end, creating a whole new set of challenges to address. You may be thinking, "I need to find a job, I don't have much experience, and I want to be able to make an impact on this world for the better – among many other thoughts that can all cause emotional distress. Not to mention the added pressure from your family asking you what your plan is after graduation.
The transition from adolescence (ages 12-18) to early adulthood (ages 19-34) can be rocky. On the one hand, you are becoming more comfortable as an adult in this world while exploring passions and possibilities to use the natural talents you have been developing in the workplace. On the other hand, you are also transitioning away from your nuclear family, which causes a lost sense of security as you seek to find a career and create a lifestyle that works for you.
Are you prepared for this change? Does it seem overwhelming? Without a doubt, there is a beautiful struggle that comes from the personal metamorphosis into adulthood. To help you succeed on the journey, here are some actions you can take to manifest your new job and life.
Create a vision of what you want to achieve
Sometimes we graduate with a clear vision of what we want to achieve in our career, but it often takes some figuring out as we enter the workplace. No matter what circumstance you are in, creating a vision for a short-term or long-term goal is essential to manifesting a new reality. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a personal mantra. When you write down what you want and recite it every day, your intention becomes set with the laws of the universe because energy attracts like energy.
Napoleon Hill, author of the classic, Think and Grow Rich, found creating a mantra was an essential tool used by influential, innovative, and wealthy leaders such as Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Today, the world's most successful people still rely on this practice, although they are often very personal and rarely shared. This exercise will be essential to your success by directing your consciousness to a desired future outcome.
To write a mantra, state your full name, what you want to achieve, by what date, how much money you will earn, and what you will do in return for that compensation. As a final step, you should also include the impact meeting these goals will have on your personal well-being lifestyle. The key to creating a mantra is making it clear and concise, so take time to think it out, and it will take a handful of drafts before you land on one that works for you.
New Job Example
I, Aiden Smith, will get my first job using my abilities by March 12th, 2023. My initial compensation will be $40,000. In return for this pay, I will complete all assigned tasks, learn from my manager, and work to be better at my job every day. I will get an apartment, become financially independent, and live life working to pursue my goals.
Your mantra may be to land your first job, start a business, or achieve something else altogether. Whatever you decide to write down, be sure to read it aloud with conviction upon waking up and before your go to bed. You may want to carry it in your wallet, post it over your desk, or anywhere else it can serve as a constant reminder. Set your sights high, and it's never too early to start. Manifesting new realities takes time, focus, and patience, so no time like the present to get started.
Replace limiting beliefs with self-affirmations
Even with a mantra, you will still have to put in a lot of work. Just setting an intention without participating in making it a reality is impossible. During the process, there can be a lot of personal trials, setbacks, and feelings of disappointment. As a result, negative thoughts may surface from your unconscious mind, that voice in your head that is in a consent state of complaining about one thing or another. Fortunately, as humans, we have the gift of self-awareness, the ability to observe thoughts, and the power of choice.
Thought observation is your greatest asset because it allows you to separate truths from falsehoods. For instance, you may have a job interview that goes poorly. Thoughts may surface saying, "I'm so nervous all the time, I'll never get a job," or "I'm so bad at interviewing; this sucks!" DO NOT identify with any destructive thoughts but instead use the power of choice to transform them into self-affirmations.
Each of you will have to contend with a unique set of challenging thoughts that arise when entering the workforce. Here are some examples of transforming them into self-affirmations.
Destructive Thought: "I'll never be able to get an interview with so much competition."
Positive Affirmation: "I'll land an interview at a place that sight for me because I deserve it."
Destructive Thought: "No companies want people with less than two years of experience."
Positive Affirmation: "I'm digitally native, so I have more experience than some adults do ."
Destructive Thought: "It's almost impossible to get a job at the companies I admire most."
Positive Affirmation: "Wherever I get my first job will be an incredible learning experience."
Identify the three to five most common destructive thoughts that are getting in the way of realizing your potential and write out self-affirmations. As with your mantra, say them aloud upon waking and before bed, and in between when needed. Stay observant over your thoughts, and when new challenging ones surface, adjust your affirmations. Reciting all of these statements aloud may make you feel a little uncomfortable or silly at first, but embrace the exercise to take an active role in your evolution.
Visualize the end state of achieving your goals:
One more tool you can use in your manifestation arsenal is visualization, a technique used by professional athletes, business leaders, and many other top performers. Visualization works because it directs your consciousness to paint a picture of what you have started in your mantra. Using mental imagery to see what future success looks like strengthens your connection with the laws of the universe. Remember, the observer creates the reality, so in this case, your imagination will be a valuable asset in vision fulfillment.
First, prepare for visualization using your mantra to write out a list of goals and notes of what success looks like when achieving them, so you have some focus areas to help your imagination take over. When you are ready to visualize, find a space with no distractions, close your eyes, slow your breath, and paint a picture of the future in your consciousness with all of the vivid details. For example, if you visualize a job interview, imagine getting the email invitation, setting up a time, what you will be wearing, having a great conversation, and feeling great when it's over.
As in the example above, sometimes it helps during a visualization to imagine step-by-step accomplishments on the path to success, and other times you can paint a picture of what it looks like when you've made it. For instance, if you have a goal to get your own apartment, visualize the feeling of being in that apartment. How is it decorated? Is there a sent from a candle burning? Do you have friends over to celebrate? What music is playing? Make your visualizations a multi-sensory experience by unleashing the power of your consciousness.
Here are some examples of notes to help focus and guide your visualizations. Create them for any goal you have and fill in all the details upon practicing the technique.
New Job Example:
I see myself signing my employment agreement, being at orientation, meeting the team I will be working with, making professional connections, learning, and growing.
Financial Independence Example:
I see myself getting my paycheck from work, paying my rent and bills, putting money into a saving account, and having money to use when I'm out socially with my friends.
Personal Growth Example:
I see myself becoming more mature, learning more about myself, being grateful for all of life's experiences, spending quality time with my inner circle, and helping others in need.
Mantras, self-affirmations, and visualization take time to learn, practice, and master, but they are skills you will use throughout your life. Believe in yourself. You can create any reality in this world by where you choose to direct your consciousness. Constructive thinking will guide you into the light. Destructive thinking will cloud you will darkness. Be the object of your own observation, and remember this journey belongs to you, so make the most of it.