To manifest is to create. When we set our intention for what we want to manifest, we are not simply casting a wish into some ethereal, mystical realm outside ourselves, only hoping that the intended outcome of our desires are presented to us by the hidden hand of fate.
Every manifestation we realize that was once based on an intention we set is of our own creation. We are the ones creating our desired outcomes. Sometimes our impediments in manifesting are merely due to forgetting that we are the ones with the creative power. We have somehow come to believe that we have to depend on fate or the will of a divine power or good fortune to bless us with fruition, that we are helpless in creating our own desires.
If we find ourselves waiting for some powers-that-be to look upon us and grant us good favor toward our desired outcome, we may need to reawaken our connection to our own creative power. This is when we can benefit by merely exercising in the act of creation. A simple creative endeavor would suffice to begin with. We can choose a project or a task to accomplish in which we already do well; this will remind us of how effortlessly we are able to tap into our innate creative abilities.
From there we can take on a creative task that we know we can accomplish that might take a bit more effort. The exercise of surrounding ourselves with the fruits of our labors will engage the energy of creating, of giving birth to actualizations that simply began as ideas and desires.
Once we reengage the momentum of our own creative force, we will find ourselves, without even realizing it, automatically applying that same creative energy to the greater intention we had set, the one that we had previously left in the hands of fate and good fortune. We once again find ourselves active participants in the act of manifestation, knowing our own creative energy is the true source of bringing our desires into reality.