A very close friend of mine had an experience that perfectly illustrates the difference between trying to force your intentions onto the world and allowing the world to do its thing after setting your intention.
I had just gotten into the swing of things with training my mind to focus on what I want to manifest, feeling it already present, and doing so regularly. Reality was clearly changing around me – people spoke differently and about different topics; more opportunities were springing up with the potential to crystallize my intentions; what I was intending was becoming real. Results were coming, I was manifesting. Then, at just the right moment, “life happens.” What I had just received is taken away again. Bummer. The Familiar Tale of “Bad Luck”