If you want to manifest something in your life, the single most important factor that will determine whether you attain your goal or do not attain your goal is who you listen to, learn from and follow.
If you listen to and follow the wrong person or people, thus get bad advice, you will not achieve your goal.
If you listen to and follow the right person or people, thus get good guidance, motivation, inspiration and encouragement, you have an excellent chance of making your dreams come true. Provided of course that you follow the advice given and get your own vibration into alignment with the "right" advice.
This is a short summary of who you should listen to and follow:
Those who have what you want
Those who have been where you are
Those who KNOW and not just "know about"
Those who have at the very least, more than you in the area you are looking to succeed in (if you want money, someone who has more money than you. If you want to be happy, someone who is blissfully happy at a level that you cannot even imagine. If you want to play the piano, someone who is much better than you are at playing the piano, etc).
Those who are very teachable themselves and are constantly improving themselves, and "sharpening their axe". Those are constantly learning more and more.
Those who have had major adversity in their lives and overcame it
Those who had liabilities that most would have used as excuses as to why they could not succeed
Good communicators and teachers
Those who you "resonate" with and feel good about
Someone that can "transfer knowledge energetically". Everyone and everything is a vibration and frequency.
You want someone that can tell you things, and can show you things so you learn. But you also want someone that can use words and various teaching methods to draw out from you so that you have a new awareness of something, a cognition, an "ah ha" moment. Most importantly you desire to have someone who can transfer knowledge via their vibration and frequency. This "energy transference" of knowledge is more important than information transference. It can only come from a heart that is overflowing with love and light. It will give you permanent results that are life changing.
Remember that coaches are in a different category. They encourage, motivate and inspire. They help you see things you can't see. They are your cheerleaders who can push you to greater success.
Challenge and question who you are listening to. Yes, be open. Have a desire to learn and a willingness to accept change. Be teachable. But do not follow people blindly. Listen, learn from and follow people CONSCIOUSLY, with AWARENESS and with INTENTION. Pay attention! Be alert. Be focused when you are listening to people. Don't allow yourself to be automatically and mindlessly programmed and brainwashed. Test everything and trust your own experience. Everything must resonate with you. Make sure you "feel good about" what you are being presented.
As you go through your life, you probably will be listening to many people in many areas that you want to learn about or you wish to excel in. Such areas might include:
growing money for retirement;
health, wellness and natural ways to heal the body and mind;
fitness, getting great abs, legs, chest, or a great butt;
how to find your purpose in life;
mental and physical flexibility;
fashion and "dressing for success";
learning to play a particular sport or musical instrument;
spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment;
having stable emotions;
learning a trade such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc.
learning a foreign language
public speaking, leadership skills, negotiation skills and other such related topics
and much more. This list could be endless. So you will probably have MANY people that you "learn from, listen to, and follow".
Remember too, that you can and should learn from everyone. The wise man learns from the fool, but the fool cannot learn from the wise man.
Ultimately listen to your own intuition, your inner voice, your gut instincts, the "Guru" within, and God who dwells within you as you.