Manifesting should be easy, right? We’ve all heard it before: Just imagine yourself driving that sports car, and you will!

It all seems so simple.

If you are like many people, perhaps you’ve imagined yourself behind the wheel of a beautiful sports car. You may even have a picture of it on your “vision board”, or have gone that extra step to test-drive it at the dealership, yet still… you are not driving a flashy convertible!

Why not? You did what you were supposed to do. You imagined it, thought about it, and even looked at its picture on your wall. Why is it not manifesting!?

There are four common blockers to manifesting that might be prohibiting you from realizing your dreams.

1. Focusing on THINGS blocks the EXPERIENCE.

This is the number one mistake most people make. Instead of actively creating the life (and lifestyle) they want to live, many people only focus on the material object they want to buy.

When you focus on THINGS instead of experiences you’re creating an empty life. If the emphasis is only placed on things money can buy, or your financial situation, you will set yourself up for disappointment and failure.

Instead of obsessing over a material “thing”, begin obsessing over the moments and experiences you want to enjoy and the type of LIFE you want to create. Think about what you truly want your future life to look like. What you want to DO? With whom?

This mindset is rooted in finding joy. It is open to possibilities, and stems from a place of gratitude instead of materialism.

2. Just wishing for it, blocks your power.

The common misconception of manifesting is that all you need to do, is wish for something and it will come rushing to you. Though it’s true that you must identify and desire what you want, that alone is not enough to get it. By relying solely on the desire, you strip away all your power in the situation.

You are not powerless. If you want something bad enough, you will begin to put action behind that desire. You’ll be willing to work for it.

Take charge of your life. Don’t sit back and wait for sports cars to fall from the sky. Start doing everything in your power to push your life, career, and ambition to the next level–one where a lavish car makes sense.

3. Obsessing over what you don’t have, blocks gratitude.

Gratitude is a key component in manifesting. Without a true sense of being grateful for what we already have, we can’t get what we want. It sounds cliché but it’s absolutely the truth.

If you’re always worried about getting new, shiny, material things, then everything you currently have seems old and dull in comparison, which will make you unhappy. You’ll start complaining more about what you have (or don’t) and that begins a negative downward spiral which is the opposite of what we want.

4. Negative thoughts, block positive outcomes.

You can’t manifest the life you want if you’re constantly telling yourself it will never happen. Take time to listen to your thoughts. What are they saying about your life? You? Your future? Are they filled with doubt and fear? Whatever those thoughts say will become your reality.

So, if you’re wishing for a big fabulous life, and have a vision board that represents it, but the only thing your thoughts say is, “You’re insane, this will never happen!” Then all that wishing and visualizing won’t do a lick of good. You won’t manifest a thing.

Be diligent and determined when it comes to changing your thoughts. Realize the power they hold over your future, your dreams and your life.

When you understand that thoughts predict future outcomes, you’ll begin to see how negative thoughts in the past have resulted in your current state. That can feel pretty heavy and even discouraging at first, but flip the script and see it as empowering. Now you can change them to get new results.

True manifesting is not about having the latest bag or the fastest car; it’s about creating an entirely new life for yourself that is based on happiness, joy, gratitude and service.

When you make the shift away from self-absorption to desiring a fuller more beautiful quality of life, amazing things will begin to happen. That life will be drawn to you. Those experiences that you’ve always dreamed of will “magically” show up. It’s a whole new ballgame when you’re living out your most elaborate dreams; it’s unmatched happiness.

Over the past seven years I’ve manifested four future boards (“vision boards”) and an entirely new future for myself and my children. It has absolutely changed my life and it can change yours too!

Sarah Centrella

Sarah Centrella is a #1 best-selling author and internationally popular blogger. Her book Hustle Believe Receive An 8 Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream has been featured by ABC News, OK! Magazine, Elite Daily and many others. Sarah is also a master life coach and creator of the #HBRMethod success program. She’s coached professional athletes, celebrities and people from around the world, helping them manifest their dreams. Learn more on her website or blog.