There are five pillars of manifestation:
Make sure you know what you want. You’d be amazed how many people have no real clue what they want; they only know what they don’t want. You can start from there, for sure, and find out what you want through a process of elimination.
Focus your attention of what you want to achieve. I find that writing a manifestation list can often help to provide clarity and let you focus in on what exactly you are looking for.
Visualizing your outcome (not how you’ll get there!) is vital for your manifestation success. Make your visualization so vivid that it feels like you’re really there, right now... not at some point in the future, but now. Involve all of your five senses and make it as real as possible. Do this every day.
One major part of the visualization is emotion. Put as much feeling into it as you can; conjure up an overwhelming feeling of joy and gratitude. If you can do it to a degree that makes you burst into tears, you’re at the right level.
Believe that what you want is already yours; all it takes to see it in your world is the physical manifestation. It’s like a short story already forms and exists in your head before you put the words down on paper, so does your manifested desire already exist in your reality—you just can’t see it yet. Play make-believe and prepare your space for the fulfillment: If you want a new car, declutter your garage or buy some nice accessory for the car. If you want to travel, get a tourist guide book of the place you want to go to.
Other tips: Don’t phrase your affirmations negatively. Don’t use words like “not,” “never,” “don’t,” if possible. Don’t use future tense, but present tense, as if it were already here. Don’t tell anyone about your wish until it has manifested.
Also, one Quora commenter mentioned “subconscious programming” that keeps people from manifesting successfully. I could write a whole book on that (and might). But these are good first steps to take.
An easy way to manifest and circumvent that programming is using the “Goodwill Manifestation,” which I describe in this free report. It’s a technique that doesn’t specifically ask for anything, but instead spreads blessings to you and everyone around you… and the most amazing things can happen when you use it.