The Law of Attraction has become a popular topic over the last few years, and I enjoy this topic very much; is simply that like attracts like, this can be interpreted and explained in many ways, one of which goes something like this...
Imagine that the universe is a television set, and you are the remote control. A television set doesn't care what it displays or shows, it just projects what you tell it to. The universe acts in the same way, it doesn't care what house you live in, what car you drive, what job you have, or what kind of friends you have, it simply displays to you what you have manifested.
Now imagine you are the remote control for this Universe. When you change the channel, inside of the remote, an IR projector generates and sends a signal out that the TV (or Cable or Satellite Box) simply receives and changes the channel. So in the metaphor of you as the remote, and the Universe as a Cable box: your thoughts are the signal that is generated, your actions are the projection of them, and the Universe is the Receiver of your signal, and the projector of the new Channel.
Just like on a television, the Universe will only stay on that channel until you turn it off or change the channel. Now for small things this doesn't make a huge difference, if i have my mind set on "go to the kitchen and get a glass of water" it usually doesn't too long to manifest, only as long as it takes for me to put the signal out (walk to the fridge), and for the universe to respond (instantly, to my touch). Then I don't have to keep holding the thought, which is true for anything, after you own a Million Dollar Home and an Audi A8 , you don't have to keep thinking about acquiring them.
So for things that take longer to manifest you have to hold them in your mind for and long as you have to. For the possessions , you keep thinking about them, know in your mind that they are on their way, and ways will present themselves for you to acquire said item. You just believe that they are coming to to. You do also have to act, only now you are acting with the belief that your desires are manifesting!
One of my tricks is called a vision board, and scripting. In my vision board I put up pictures of things that I want to happen in the future and. For scripting, I think about what I want to happen, and how it will happen, believe that it is going to happen, and do the correct action. This could be as easy as, imagining what you want another person to say or the manner they will respond, then hold in your mind what you need to do or say, and then initiate the actions.
Then you have to change the language that you use. Instead of saying things like " When I get a new job" , "When I get a new car..." etc. Say " The car that I am getting" , "The house that I am getting" "My new job is... ". This change in language changes your thought, changes the channel that you are changing to and helps you manifest whatever it is that you are thinking about.
And remember, just like a television, the universe doesn't care what you watch or see. So would you rather be watching Home & Garden? The Speed Channel? MTV Cribs? , or "My crappy job with a spouse I don't enjoy and a bad apartment"? ( I don't think there is a show like that anyway... Maybe "Married with Children" ), anyway... It's all the same to the Universe!
What is on your Vision board ?