Podcast Episode: 010 | Manifesting from Ease: Why You Don't Always Get What You Want

Jody Agard • Jun 21, 2022

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Hey! I’m Jody Agard and I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Manifest U Podcast!! The intention of the Manifest U Podcast is to give you the courage to manifest your deepest desires, the faith to embrace your future, and the confidence to start living an extraordinary life!! 

In this episode, Jody Agard shares her story of how she went from struggling to manifest her dream of hosting a podcast, to finally letting go and allowing the universe to provide exactly what she needed.

"Everything is always working out for me, without exception."


I've been wanting to start a podcast for years. I've declared it, I've designed it, I've even started recording episodes. But something always held me back - I never felt confident enough to go it alone. I thought I needed to be part of a network in order to be successful. But when the network I was planning to join suddenly shut down, I realized that I was ready to go it alone. I had everything I needed inside of me to create a successful podcast. And that's exactly what I did..


In this episode, you will learn the following:

- Why it's important to define what you want before manifesting it

- How to navigate the gap between what you have and what you want

- Why things not working out the way you want can be a good thing



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MANIFESTING FROM EASE; WHY YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT TRANSCRIPT:

[00:00:00] Welcome to the Manifest You Podcast, the show that helps you mindfully create a life you love with your host, Jody Agard. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back for another episode of The Manifesto podcast. Once again, I'm so grateful that you found your way to me today. Whether this is your very first episode or whether this is your fourth episode. Welcome.


Let's get started and talking about this idea of manifesting from ease rather than force first. Actually, if you want, you can go ahead and just close your eyes for a second. Unless you're driving, of course. Then don't do that. You can keep your eyes open if you are driving and just anchor into this present moment right here, right now. Just breathe. Breathe naturally. In and out. And as you're breathing in and out on the inhale, you can just say, I inhale divine perfection and I exhale worry. Divine perfection and I exhale worry. And then if you were closing your eyes, you can go ahead and open your eyes and come back to this present moment.


So let's really talk and dive into this idea of manifesting from ease, because I think what so often happens is we start moving into manifesting something, whether it's a feeling or a material thing. And then our head gets in the way and then be figuring out gets in the way and then be trying to make it happen. Gets in the way. And the hustling. I have to manifest. I have to manifest. I have to hurry up and manifest this thing. Why aren't I doing it? Maybe it's my thoughts. Maybe I'm not focusing enough on it. That's all from the personality part of herself who is very much interested in the figuring out and making things happen.


And when it comes to manifesting, one of the first things I always teach my students is that first we have to define the universe, can't bring us that which we haven't defined. And it's almost like we're expecting this thing, but we haven't really clearly defined what it is that we truly want. And that requires us to really get quiet and get honest with ourselves and really become clear about what it is that we're truly desiring.


Is it to move to a bigger house? Is it to go on that wonderful vacation? Where? Greece, Paris, California, New York, Florida? Where and what are you doing while you're on that vacation? So just really being specific and really leaning into defining what it is that we truly want and are wanting to call in and we're wanting to manifest. It's like going to a bank. Back in the old days when we were constantly cashing checks, the bank would never give us the money back from a check unless we sign the check. And in signing the check, that's like you defining what it is that you truly want. And it's just such a big part of manifesting. And then comes the declaring really step into this sense of deserving. And that's to me, what really declaring your desire is it's understanding that you are deserving of that bigger thing that bigger something that something more. And then comes to believing, then we have to believe that the manifestation is on its way. And so what do we do when we've done that? What do we do when we've defined it? We've declared it, we've believed it. And then, yeah, it's still not here. Where is my stuff? Where is my manifestation? Why is it unfolding? How come it's not showing up yet? It's really about navigating that gap, that gap in between where you're standing now and where you would love to be, whether it's a new job, a career, brand new career, maybe a new home, more money, better health. You're standing here, but you want to get over there. And in between, there is often where we manifest.


But it's not always easy because it's about really navigating that gap. The stuff that comes up in between point A and point B, that's the work. That is the deep work. So, you know, if your tendency is to kind of get frustrated in that gap or when things don't work out because we've defined, we've declared, we've believed, and yet something else has manifested, what then? And if you get frustrated and irritated that something else showed up instead, then we squeeze ourselves off. We squelch any other manifestations from flowing through into our life experience. We just cut ourselves off because we're restricted and we're annoyed. We're not in that flowing state. And in order for manifestations to flow through us, we have to be willing to remove the blocks that stand in the manifestation's way. And those blocks are the fears, the worries, the doubts. This shouldn't have happened this way. And all the judgments, all of those things just block us from receiving. And so the journey through manifesting really is just to allowing our life experience to unfold and knowing that it's all divinely perfect.


So a little background about this podcast and how this podcast was manifested. Back in 2014, I had declared that I wanted to start a podcast. I was like, I'm going to do it. And it felt really good. I attended some podcasting meetings, and I had all these ideas, actually. I just found the notes to that the other day, and I was laughing. It's just so interesting. And yeah, I had all these beautiful, wonderful notes and then tabled it, of course, and it never happened. It just didn't feel right. And then after I published my second book, The Mommy Reboot, same idea. This would be great. I'm going to start a podcast all about selfcare. This is really good. And here's the themes and here's the topics, and here's the episodes, and here's all the ideas. Here's my Evernote that I love to open and start with every creative idea I've ever had. There it is. All the ideas, I could do this and I could do that never happened. Then during the pandemic, same kind of idea. Actually, it was after the pandemic, I had this idea again. Okay, now it's time to start a podcast. It didn't happen. And I really got clear, like, I really love the idea of starting a podcast. But what's holding me back and what I identified was I actually really deeply desired to become a part of a network, a bigger podcasting network. Back then, I thought it was, hey, House Radio, and it's always just been my dream to be one of their authors.


And it was like, yeah, a network like that, that's what I really want. And so I focused on it. I defined it, I declared it, I believed it. And then once I did that, about six months later, I was given a beautiful opportunity to join a network. And what was so interesting was that the network that I was going to join, the lady that I spoke to used to work for Hayhouse Radio. And I thought, this is interesting. And so she invited me to be a part and start a podcast on their network. Very large network. And so. Okay, great. Oh, my gosh. Thank you for my manifestation. It was like this whole big deal. It was huge. It was this huge opportunity and recognition. Wow. Yet another manifestation in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. And then shortly after, as we really started to get underway in designing and creating the Manifesto podcast, coming up with all of the components that it takes to actually launch a podcast. First, what is this? What's my intention with this podcast? What would I love? Who am I speaking to? What am I speaking about? The description of the podcast, the essence of the podcast. That was where it all started. And so that came through me. And then getting myself added onto the network, giving them my bio and samples, and meeting with their audio team to make sure that everything in the audio section was going to be okay and preparing to record episodes and have them produce and submit them and just getting all of the logistics down. And so I went through that, and that felt really good, and it just all flowed. And then what came behind that was a little bit of fear. And I recognized it. And I said, Interesting. But the fear was, Am I limiting myself by joining this network? I didn't know. And I recognized the fear, and I basically just chalked it up, too. I'm just nervous.


But this idea of, am I limiting myself? Am I boxing myself in a little bit with being under the umbrella of a network? And I ignored it. I moved on. I was still excited. And then my family and I, we were out at this beautiful Ranch. We were Ranch sitting, and we were out in the middle of nowhere. And it was just beautiful and animals and just nature. And it was just so beautiful. And one night, for whatever reason, I felt that I had to check my email. I never checked my email at night, just simply because I try to really protect my sleep health. And I don't want to activate anything as I'm trying to enter rest mode. But I did, and I checked it. And I got an email from the top of the top of the network. And I was copied along with several hundred other people. It appeared, and it basically was a letter to everyone, all of the podcasters and the different show hosts. And it just said, we're shutting down. Essentially, we're shutting down for various reasons. And as I was reading it, I just had this sense of it's, okay? I wasn't rattled at all. It didn't shake me. It was more of a feeling of, this is interesting. This is interesting, interesting. I was very just neutral about it. And I told my husband, I looked at him and said, okay, the podcast network thing isn't going to work out. And he was like, what? And I said, yeah, it's all divinely perfect, though. I really feel it's all divinely perfect, though it's going to be. And then that was it. I just had this sense of peace. I drifted off to sleep very well. I just let it go. And then the next morning, as I started to kind of process everything that had just transpired, I started to laugh. And I thought, this is funny. This is funny universe. Because what I know about manifesting is that we don't always get what we want. We get what we need when it comes to manifesting. And the more that we can hold on to our dreams and our hopes and our desires and our wishes more loosely, the more magic that can unfold on our behalf if we just allow it to unfold organically.


Because I really do have this belief that if this doesn't work out, whatever it is at hand, in particular, this is the podcast that I'm talking about. But whatever it is, then it must be for my highest and best. It's always in my best interest. And the more that I can just really lean into that and let go of my thoughts and my judgments around it and just really trust the more that I've just seen doors open. And so as I was just thinking about all of this and just kind of being a witness to the unfolding of this manifestation called podcasting and becoming a podcaster, what I recognized was that the universe knew exactly what she was doing exactly. And I just began to kind of giggle, like, ha ha jokes on me. Here I was having this desire, having this wish for so long, for so many years. And so that energy was gathering and gathering, and then it actually coming to fruition. And then me preparing and getting it all ready. And then that door shutting, and I say, shutting. It wasn't really shutting. It was actually opening up for me. And I really feel that the universe was supporting me because I apparently was holding this belief that becoming and hosting a show on a network was better and more ideal, and maybe, in my mind, even safer. That actually was not the truth. That actually was not the truth at all. And so the universe sort of had to shut this door for me and get all ready. It's like I got all ready and I had to get ready.


I just had to get ready and prepared because the universe must have known that I needed this to gain the confidence. And that's exactly what happened. As I was in the production mode of creating manifest you, I just felt more and more confident about, yeah, I can do this. This is exciting. This is going to unfold perfectly. But I had to gain that confidence in order to really feel like I could do it without a network. And so when the universe kind of shut that door, I had this knowing that this was the way that it was supposed to be the entire time, and it was perfect, and I was ready to go it alone. I was ready to launch this podcast on my own and without a network and being under the umbrella and the safety net of a network. And I just surrendered to that because if I would have been frustrated and, oh, my gosh, why is this happening to me? This sucks. Why didn't this work out? I've been studying my intentions, and I've been believing, and I defined it like, what the heck? Screw you, universe.


Then I would have pinched myself off from actually seeing the good that was right in front of me. And again, the knowing that we're always given exactly what we need. Not always what we want, but always what we need, always. And this is exactly the way that it was supposed to unfold. And what I needed, I needed that push. I needed to have the belief from somebody else as a network had to say, yeah, you're good enough. Let's do a podcast and let me host it for you. I needed that. My ego needed that. That fearful part of my personality needed that. And it was a gift, because then I recognized I didn't need that. I always had everything inside of me to do this podcast. Always. It was just the lack of belief in myself and maybe buying into the intimidation of what it takes to launch and produce and grow a podcast. I was buying more in those beliefs than the deep belief that actually I could do this without a network. So sometimes things don't always work out for us, and the more that we can just lean into that and know that it's divinely perfect. And maybe we can't even see the perfection right now. And that's the thing too. Sometimes it always hasn't been as clear to me as I was reading the email. I just had this in a knowing it was okay.


Actually this was great. I was being given exactly what I needed. As I was reading the email, I had no again, no sense of disappointment. Nothing. Just okay, I'm still doing this and I'm going it alone. But I haven't always had that confidence and I don't always with something. You know, when some things don't work out, there is a little bit of a what's going on, a change. But the more we can just flow with the change, the more that we open ourselves up to receiving. What I've noticed around that idea of we're not always given what we want, but we're always given what we're needed is that the universe is listening to our deepest desires. Sort of those silent whispers of our heart. We align and we call in those deep desires and we don't even know it. And there was a deep desire within me that actually was shifting out of I want to be under the umbrella of a network and actually I want to go this alone. And actually, maybe I'll be limited in joining a network a little bit. Maybe I won't be as free to be able to produce and maintain and grow this podcast as maybe I thought I would be. That was my deep desire and I just chalked it up to oh, it's just a fear. I'm nervous.


But actually no, it was this deep desire that was sort of bubbling up a little bit and I thought it was fear, but it wasn't. It was a deep desire. I've learned just to really trust that everything is always working out for me without exception. That's been a concept that I've really had to lean into over the years and sometimes it's easier to really believe and sometimes it's not. But that has become one of my mantras. Everything is always working out for me. Everything is always working out for me. Everything is always working out for me. And I would say it as the reality that I'm looking at wasn't reflecting that back.


My reality might have been a total shit show and totally in disarray and reflecting anything other than something working out. But I still leaned into that idea and just trusting that everything is always working out for me whether I know it or not. And the more and more that I practice that, the more that that mantra has become just an inner knowing. Just an inner knowing that everything is always working out for me. And there's so many things that are off of my radar that I just can't see. I use this analogy and I might have already used it before, so forgive me if you're hearing it again. I think it's worth repeating if I am though, but I use this analogy, when we go on a flight and we're on the tarmac waiting to take off, all the planes are lined up, getting ready for takeoff. Wouldn't it be much better to have somebody and to trust somebody up in the control tower that can just see the whole lay of the land on their radar that's in front of them, the screen that's in front of them and also in the sky and actually see the whole entire lay of the land, sort of this 30,000 foot view? Or would it be better for somebody on the ground to be directing all of the air traffic? No, of course not. I'd much rather have somebody in the control tower, and there is somebody in my control tower leading, guiding, and directing at all times. And the more that I can trust in the control tower knowing that there's so many things off of my radar, the more that I can lean into that trust, the more that I open myself up to receiving because I'm there on the ground, so to speak, I can't see the whole lay of the land, but the control tower can. And the control tower says everything is always working out. Your flight might be delayed. You might not manifest this thing at the time that you thought you were going to manifest it. And this thing might not unfold the way that you anticipated that it would unfold. But everything is always working out, just practicing, really leaning into that idea.


Because when we can just surrender and trust, then it really is as if the red carpet is sort of rolled out on our behalf. It's just rolled out. But not without trust. It can't roll out without trust. We have to put in the trust factor that yes, this may appear to be the opposite of what I want, but I'm trusting that it's exactly what I need and actually what my heart really, truly desires. And maybe we can't see it in this moment, but as long as we stay open, we will and can see that actually this unfolded on our behalf. And that's always easier to see in hindsight. It's always easier to look back and say, no wonder why that thing didn't work out, or no wonder why this thing did work out. But we can't always see that when we're in the thick of it, and especially when we're muddying everything with our judgments and our attacks and are clinging on to what should have been and what wasn't, we block ourselves off. And so leaning into trust, when things don't always unfold the way that you had hoped and anticipated, whether you're actively practicing and intending to manifest or not, lean into trust, knowing that how it's unfolding is the way that it's supposed to unfold in this moment. And guess what? Everything changes. So that will likely change too. It's just in this moment, it's going to look one way versus in the future. It's going to look another way. So if you're in a season right now Where maybe you're receiving a manifestation that you were not anticipating or that it wasn't something you really hoped for, maybe just get curious and say is this what I needed though? What am I learning from this? What am I gaining from this sort of shift in wind? Get curious curiosity is always a really nice neutral place to be in when you're in a season of change. Just get curious all right, my friend, I think that's all for today's episode but before I let you go, if you are interested in using a powerful tool that I've been practicing for the last decade And I've been teaching my students and one on one clients called the vision blueprint I'm really considering doing what's called the vision retreat which will teach you the power and the art of manifesting and removing the blocks to manifesting and learning how the blueprint is a powerful tool to get you from point a to point B quickly and swiftly in a fun, miraculous way.


So if you are interested, I'm just kind of putting some feelers out right now. If you want to head over to my website and just click the heading that says vision retreat and then just fill out the pre registration Just to let me know if you would even be interested in something like this again. I'm just kind of getting the feelers okay, that's all I have for now.


So until next time here's to mindfully creating a life you love and deserve. 


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