What to Do When Things Don’t Work Out as Planned

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Tell me this isn’t annoying…

You are feeling frustrated that something isn’t working out the way that you planned and your spiritual friend (ahem, me!) says something like, “Let it go. Surrender. There is a plan better than your own.” Or, “The Universe has your back.” Yeah ok, I know, I wrote the book on that (guilty!). 

I imagine in that moment you’re just like, “Shut the F up, Gabby Bernstein!” It’s easy to think the Universe doesn’t have your back because the thing you wanted so badly isn’t there yet. 

You’re not alone. The other day, I literally came out of a meditation crying and so upset because something isn’t happening on my timeline. But here’s the thing. I sat in my meditation. I let myself cry. I let myself feel the disappointment that things aren’t working out in the timeline I want. And then, I started to feel this sense of peace come over me.

In this video, I share more about this experience—and how obstacles are truly detours in the right direction. 

When we accept that there is a better plan, one that is far greater than our own…that’s when we are Super Attractors. That’s when we are truly manifesting and allowing the Universe to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. And it’s that energetic peace allows us to manifest. 

Still hesitant? Still thinking, “That sounds beautiful, Gabby, but how the hell do I get to that peace?”

Well, my friends, great news…I’ve worked it out for you. I created the plan.  On January 1st, I’m starting my 21-day Manifesting Challenge to help guide you into the New Year with grace, steadiness, faith, and an unapologetic desire that you can stand behind.  

I’m going to teach you how to manifest—not by how to go get something, but how to get grounded in the faith of what you desire and to trust that it’s on the way no matter what the timeline looks like. 

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Join my Manifesting Challenge here.

I know that so many people out there had the worst year and they’re ready to have things become better and be new. Let me help you.

No matter where you are on your journey … 

This challenge is for anyone (and we mean anyone—newbies and those advanced in their spiritual journey) who wants to:

  • Do less and attract more
  • Relax and trust that what you desire is on the way
  • Know that spiritual guidance is available to you at all times
  • Feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold

I want to show you how to get your energy into such a powerful point of attraction that you feel guided even when things aren’t working out the way you planned. Life as you know it will change during the Manifesting Challenge. I’m so psyched for you to experience such a beautiful shift.

And I’m going to guide you every step of the way. 

Click here to sign up and join me on January 1st! 

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  1. Thank you for this fabulous and motivational video – I want to keep it for ever! At day 7, I’m so enjoying the 2021 challenge. Happy manifesting everyone.

  2. a question:

    I am deaf and I use American Sign Language. Can you provide asl certificate interpreter? if not, can you subtitle every word you say on everything you say toward the manifesting challenge?

  3. Hi Gabby,
    I love your work. I have your Super Attractor book and did the manifesting challenge this year. I haven’t signed up yet because I am in a very different place right now. I feel like I am lacking clarity and direction in my life. I wasn’t sure if the Manifesting Challenge would help me with that. I have also had some minor health challenges this year and struggling to find direction with that as well.
    Thank you for your light and your beautiful spirit.

    1. Sending you lots of love and healing light, Line. If you’re lacking clarity and direction in your life, here are some practices that you might find helpful:
      1. Start your day with this prayer from A Course in Miracles, “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say?” and then follow with meditation to receive guidance.
      2- https://gabbybernstein.com/find-purpose/
      3- https://gabbybernstein.com/5-steps-to-unlock-your-purpose-and-abundance/

  4. Hi Gabby! I love all your stuff! There is one question that has always tripped me up though… How do we know if what is happening is the result of the Universe helping us on our path, or if its a manifestation coming from some low vibrational thoughts weve been thinking over and over again?

    1. Great question, Tamara. I often say that you’re right where you need to be. Can you remember a time in your life where you thought you’d never survive the situation you were in? In retrospect, can you now find some serenity in that past situation? You may now understand that you wouldn’t be where you are today without the difficult past circumstance. Check out this blog post for more clarity: https://gabbybernstein.com/you-are-guided/

    1. Haha! Such a real moment, right?
      Thanks for taking the time to watch, John.
      We’re so glad you loved the post. <3 <3 <3

  5. I think there is a typo in the video script – “piece”
    was written where I believe “peace” was intended.

  6. That message was for me to. I was going to buy old property and do it up. Been living out of boxes, no Xmas tree up my heart isn’t in it because the seller did a very devious thing to me. I cried an ocean of tears because that was my future. I don’t understand how someone can be so cruel.

  7. Please say something encouraging appropriate to my situation. Two days ago, the UK government banned travel to certain areas of the UK for Covid-19 reasons. I had already started packing up my car to go and spend the Christmas holiday with my 89-year-old mother and with my sister and am now told that I can’t go. The pain and disappointment of not being together at this special time is intense. Please convince me that the Universe has something better in store. I’m really struggling to believe that at the moment.

    1. There are two resources that I want to share with you, Sally, to support you during this time. The first is this blog post, You Are Guided and Supported No Matter What: https://gabbybernstein.com/you-are-guided/. The second is my SuperSoul Sunday talk where I discuss the 5 Steps to Spiritual Surrender: https://gabbybernstein.com/new-blog-super-soul-sessions-talk-5-steps-spiritual-surrender/. My acceptance prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjX-OZa8CSg and finally another blog post: https://gabbybernstein.com/how-to-detach-from-outcomes/. Hopefully these messages serve as reminder that if your holiday plans do not unfold as expected– then the universe has a different miracle in store for you. xoxo

  8. I send you a big hug from Croatia
    Like you said…I need this, I need to accept that there is a better plan for me, I “just” have to let go my way and to allow the Univers to guard me….(it’s easier said than done )…thanks you for leading us to a 2021.
    Sorry for spelling mistakes. See you

  9. Hello Gabby
    Many Blessings & Happy Holidays to you and family.
    this is the first time I read your email your blog and I find it is very interesting and good reading, I mean knowledgeable
    I must say that I’m a man of faith I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ God the Father God the son God the Holy Spirit so I say that cuz I hope I did not offend you in any kind of way but I like reading what you were saying so just to say thank you and I hope and pray that you have success and that you prosper in all areas of your life you and your family

    1. Wonderful, Wayne. So glad this post resonates with you. Sending blessings to you and your family during this holiday season and always. xo

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