Manifesting our desired outcomes consists of two primary components: setting an intention, and acting on the intention. Both of these components are required to manifest what we desire, and both need to be applied equally to ensure success.
If we set an intention on an outcome yet we take no action toward our goals, our intention is nothing more than simply making a wish, crossing our fingers, and hoping it comes true. In all actuality if we look at the actions we are taking to preserve our personal status quo, these actions will show what it is we truly want, what is our actual intention. Inaction toward accomplishing our goals is really action toward an opposing goal, one which we will see realized.
On the other hand, if we take action without having set a clear intention we are simply spinning our wheels. We may not be satisfied with the current state of our lives, so we take action believing it will move us away from where we do not want to be. However, action without a clear vision is merely us running away from ourselves rather than moving toward an intention. As a result, we simply find ourselves in the same place from which we ran.
The foundation of setting an intention is belief. We create a vision of our desired outcome which allows us to realize it as being possible. The call to action for us is faith, the unyielding knowledge that we will accomplish our goal with right action. However, willpower is where we marry our belief to our faith, where we entwine our intention with action. Will is the ultimate backbone of manifestation, more than simply the amalgamation of envisioning and of acting. It is comprised of both yet it is greater than the sum of these two parts. It is the force through which manifestation is truly born.