11/15/2014 12:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How to Manifest Your Ideal Career


For the last couple of years, I've worked with some amazing women (and some men) who come to me for guidance on manifesting their dreams and goals. I've noticed that with almost every person I've worked with, their main goal was to manifest their ideal career. By "ideal" I mean using their creative abilities and vast sets of skills to make a great living from their work -- a great living that has purpose in this world. In a few words:

Money + Joy = Ideal Career

I have manifested my dream work. A few years ago, I put out to the Universe that I wanted to be sponsored as a big wave surfer so that I could travel the world chasing amazing waves. Nowadays, I help others live their dreams while I live mine.

For example: Today I woke up, I took my time in bed reading some blogs, and then I looked out my window and saw these perfect glassy little waves in front of my house. I couldn't get into my bikini fast enough. I managed to drink a smoothie for breakfast before I went out and to spend a few hours surfing and having a blast. Then I came back home, and here I am doing my work... from the deck. In a few hours, I have some sessions with clients, then when I'm done, around sunset, I might go back to surfing.

I love what I've created, and I know that you can create your ideal lifestyle, as well. If I could do it -- coming from Argentina to Hawaii with nothing but 200 dollars in my pocket and a dream -- you can too.

So, here we go!

Do you want to manifest a career that gets you excited when you wake up every day?

Do you want to feel vibrant, happy and alive?

Do you believe you have much to give to this world, but you don't know where to start?

Do you feel the potential in yourself, but have no idea how to channel it into something new, something different, something that is YOU?

Here's where we start:


To manifest your dream career, you first need to figure out what a dream career means to you.

What is your dream?

You may think, "If only it were that easy to be so clear." I get you, but let's start with a different approach. Let's start by asking questions. I would like you to grab a journal and a pen and start writing whatever comes to your mind when I ask you these questions:

What makes you jump out of bed excited to start the day?

Check within and bring into your awareness the times in your life where you couldn't wait to get started with your day.

Don't judge the answers that may come.

For example, your answer may be a meeting with an old friend, or it may be going to a salsa dance class, or learning how to play an instrument. It may be going on a date with someone that you really like. It may be creating art. It may be taking a trip.

Just allow your thoughts to flow and write down those things that make you really excited, things that you can't wait to do.

If you can't think of anything, don't judge yourself. Take it easy, be gentle. Let your thoughts flow as they come.

For me, the thing that makes me want to jump out of bed usually involves some great waves that are waiting for me to surf them in the morning.

But this is the thing -- it doesn't have to be a WOW occasion all the time. Nowadays, my joy is more subtle, but it is stronger than ever. It is an ongoing current of contentment and enthusiasm that carries me from one Hell Yeah! to the next.

So, on that note, tell me:

What makes you go "Hell Yeah!"?

Hell Yeah! is the way I measure where my joy resides, at any given moment. I've come to discover that when I check in with my inner self and ask myself: "What do I REALLY want to do now?" that answer takes me from one moment to the next moment through joy and enthusiasm.

Sometimes I have to do certain things that are not my Hell Yeah!, like calling my accountant and dealing with complicated stuff, but I've learned that when I can't bring the Loving energy into a situation, then I bring the situation into the Loving.

I just say a prayer inside and ask my Higher Power to do the phone call with me, or do the next moments with me. It might not be an absolute Hell Yeah!, but it definitely ain't a Hell No! anymore.

Why am I mentioning this? Because it is important to start really focusing inside, where your joy resides, to manifest abundance in your life.

See, abundance is one more aspect of the energy of Loving, and it is found within our enthusiasm and joy. Abundance IS joy and enthusiasm, so when you start living those aspects more often, you start tapping into abundance more and more. That movement of abundance within you is what will take you into manifesting your creation on the outside (your dream job, lifestyle, wealth, etc.).

Now, are you still unsure of what really enthuses you?

Okay, here is where it gets easier and the real fun begins:

If you didn't have to work for money, what would you DO every day?

If you could create anything that you wanted, if your life were a white canvas you were to paint, what would you paint?

So, for today, I want to leave you with these questions. Feel free to expand as much as you want into anything and everything that gives you joy, and if you are feeling daring, start taking action! Start bringing more Hell Yeah! moments into your day.

It's on you to start paying attention to where your joy is leading you and to follow it wherever it may go! You might end up singing alone in the kitchen or playing hide and seek with your kids.

Follow your joy, follow your fun. Inside of all of it, the love resides. That love will take you to your dreams and, before your know it, there won't be any distance between your dream life and your NOW. Because no matter what your goal is, abundance is here present for us now, right inside of us, waiting to be unleashed into our lives.

I'd love to hear from you:

What is one thing that you will start doing more often, that brings joy into your life?

Let me know in the comments below, so we can all get inspired and share our journey of abundance together!

If you'd like even greater guidance on manifesting abundance into your life, download my audio "The 5 Keys to Manifesting Your Dream Life" as my free gift to you!

Mercedes Maidana is a Motivational Speaker and Business and Abundance Life Coach who guides women to launch and improve their businesses, go for their dreams, and take action steps to live life to their highest potential. Continue the conversation with Mercedes and learn more about her work on Facebook and Instagram.