When we set an intention on a desired outcome we are imagining what we want to incorporate into our lives. When we manifest that outcome we have reached a point where we have incorporated the realized intention into our identity.
Between setting an intention on what we desire and becoming the person that has attained that goal is a process of shaping the intention to match who we are. We begin by taking the first step in moving toward our goal, but we rarely reach it with a single step.
At some point with enough tenacity we find we have gained the ability to attain what we originally set out to manifest. However, making our goal happen is still tenuous at this stage. We are too green to be truly proficient and accomplished, so maintaining a successful position is precarious at best. We realize we are able to do what we were not able to before, but it is still new, foreign, and uncomfortable. We need to shape this aspect of ourselves much the way we would break in a new pair of shoes.
To truly manifest our desired outcome we need to know with complete certainty that this goal is part of our identity. To become certain of this we need to have our application of our skill become like second nature. We have to move in this manner without thinking, with a fluid effortlessness that only comes with repeating our applications time and time again, where our errors are minimal, where we function as if on automatic, where the task at hand has taken complete ownership of our focus.
Once our efforts toward our goal become an extension of our mind and body, we have finally incorporated our actions into our identity, and manifestation occurs unwaveringly. This extension occurs through continuous trial and error, through repetition, through crossing the threshold from skill to talent, as is only possible when we create a natural rhythm of our efforts through continued and diligent practice.