We all saw that movie, "The Secret," and many of us (yours truly included) promptly got our poster boards and glue sticks, and cut out pictures of our dream life to paste upon on our vision boards.

I don't know about you, but I sat there staring at the stupid thing for three weeks trying to "Creatively Visualize" my dream life, just like in the movie. But nothing happened.

What I didn't know at the time, was that there was so much more to manifestation than doing a little arts and crafts. The movie actually turned out to be a blessing, because it set me off on a journey to find out what the real secret to working with the law of attraction was.

I think the most important things I learned was that in order to manifest the cool sh*t you put on your vision board, you had to do two simple things:

1. Get into action.

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You can't just sit there eating a box of bonbons and staring at the darn thing — you actually have to get up off the couch and DO something to make it happen!

A great tool to map it all out is to draw a big circle in the middle of a piece of paper and put your first dream/goal inside of it. Then draw another 12 circles around it and put all the action steps necessary to achieve the center goal. This is called a "mind map" and is a lot more fun than a "to do" list.

Each week create a game plan to get an action step inside the circle done. Set yourself up for success by taking on a little bit more every week, and the next thing you know you will be that much closer to living your dream.

2. Feel it.

The universe speaks a very specific language: Emotion.

And if you are not "feelin' it" when you look at your vision board, the universe just doesn't hear you.

Solution: We all know that music can raise our emotional frequency. Whenever we hear our favorite songs we immediate feel better! When you are manifesting, vision your dreams into reality by simultaneously playing your favorite uplifting songs. Create a really great playlist and while you are driving or running, envision your future self stepping into all of your dreams and goals with effortless ease.

The new year can be a year full of accomplishing anything you desire. Here's a short video about the real secret to manifestation from my new series, A Shot of Truth for 2015.

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