Have you tried a Manifesting Desire Jar? I was sitting in contemplation recently, marveling at how over the last ten years, some desires that I never really pursued much have come to fruition on their own. Like wow, how did that happen?
One of these desires was to travel to some beautiful locations in the world. I remember being freshly out of school, and having just learned about the law of unlimited thinking.
In my youthful naiveté, that others would surely share, with enthusiasm I began to mention all the locations I wanted to visit to a family friend. To my dismay, her first response was "where are you going to get the money for THAT?" with a sarcastic tone and a smirk on her face. Though I felt hurt, I decided not to give in to any limited thinking and held on to my belief that the universe would show me the way. Over the following few years, life happened, as it does, and I forgot all about my travel wishes, and went on about the business of working, paying bills, figuring out what my higher purpose might be, etc.
Over the last five years though, seemingly out of nowhere, a series of synchronicities occurred in my life which led me to travel to many of the locations I had listed over a decade ago!
So, while I do believe in actively pursuing and manifesting our desires, via things like vision boards, positive affirmations, the law of attraction, visualizations and so forth, I also have come to realize that sometimes the universe works best to bring us what we want when we make a simple request and then totally let it go. In that space, we are free, free of tension, free of fear, free of over-thinking the whole thing.
This will make the practice easier for you to duplicate. Find yourself a magical looking jar or container. The way it works is, when you feel a genuine desire arise in your heart, write it on a piece of paper along with the date, fold it up (sealing it with a kiss if you like :) and drop it into your manifesting desire jar and go on about your week. Check back in a few months, a year, or five, and you'll be amazed at how these desires come to manifest in their own timing, in the most ingenious ways that only the universe can arrange!