I was first introduced to the general concept of the Law Of Attraction as a youngster while frequenting local metaphysical and occult book stores. As a pre-teen in the late 70s it was a wonderful time to explore my innate curiosities with the these subjects. Astrology and pyramid power were the rage in pop culture and I was lucky enough to have a few small shops to explore in my hometown as well as a tiny section at the local library containing one of my all time favorites The Cheiro Book of Fate and Fortune.

My curiosity led me to purchasing some of the smaller paperbacks, as they were inexpensive and contained concise information on targeted subjects. One day a palm size book called "Thoughts Are Things" caught my eye. What an interesting concept! The book went on to explain how thoughts were not just random floating intangibles, but tangible things that could affect other things on a physical level. The book, which I highly recommend reading, completely convinced me. That knowledge has stayed with me through the years affirmed by other concepts and life experiences. Another great little primer I found is "The 7 Day Mental Diet" which challenges the reader to "brush negative thoughts from your mind as you would a hot coal from your sleeve" for 7 days. Once an idea is practiced, that is when the real knowledge of it begins. And this is excellent practice to a positive mindset. 

Visualization, Serendipity, Sympathetic ResonanceThe Butterfly Effect and The Vacuum Principal all are elements of what has become known as the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is actually a conglomerate of several laws/phenomenon! When people feel that the Law of Attraction is inconsistent, I believe this to be why.  It's like choreographing a dance, adding spices to a recipe, gardening or mixing music. We need to approach our manifesting as an art.

Some manifesting might require more serendipity, more chance - so then increasing your odds and opportunity will matter most. Perhaps you have everything going for you, luck, opportunity, resonance...but it's still not working because there is not enough room in your life for the desired success - then you will need to focus on creating a void. Not so good at visualizing, even though you are very positive? If you incorporate visualization exercises into your day, it will improve the quality of what you attract and how quickly you attract it. 

By tweaking the knobs on your "manifestation mixer" you can approach it with more skill and agility. Each individual brings their own unique subconscious makeup and patterns of action which customize it as well. So all of the paths and plans might work for some of the people, some of the time. But, with enough tests and tweaks you will eventually get quite adept at working your own personal manifestation mixing board! And that is the only one that you need for success. Like any skill, once you train yourself to respond to subtle changes and know your tools inside and out, it will become quite fun for you and look like magic to others!
Manifestation Mixer Exercise   
Write your goal at the top of a piece of  paper. Draw 8 columns like a mixing board or if you prefer color them differently like chakras or any such system that you can relate to best. 
Label them; Visualization, Serendipity, Sympathetic Resonance, The Butterfly Effect and The Vacuum Principal
Rate 1-10 on how much this is a factor to your desire. And then ask yourself if you are adding enough of it to your recipe. If your goal is a new car, you will get it much faster if you not only visualize driving it in detail, but have also planned the registration, parking etc. that you will need for it. But likewise, if you have a huge void created but no idea of any vehicle or cannot imagine yourself  enjoying driving it, you will be just a far off from using the Law Of Attraction in your favor. 

The more you recognize these details you will automatically balance them intuitively as you would seasoning your favorite dish. Before you know it you'll be a manifestation pro with your own "secret" recipe!

Love and Luck,