You have probably seen all sorts of ways to manifest things that you desire to see in your life. While I have trouble with the idea that the Universe is a giant gumball machine, giving you whatever you want if you put in the right tokens, I think that you can act as a co-creator with the Universe. Let me explain.
First, we are not totally in charge of our future. To think so is contrary to the notion that life here on Earth is for learning life lessons -- we dwell in Earth School. If we were totally in charge of our life, we would never experience those negative things that help us to grow. We would never get sick or die or experience natural disasters, and so on. That is simply not the case.
Rather, we can step into the role of being a co-creator with the Universe. We put forth our desires and acknowledge that the Universe has the prerogative to allow it to happen -- or not. Humility is key here.
So, as we create a better life, hopefully, for all, let's keep in mind that we are still students of life and remain open to experiencing those things which helps us to grow and evolve as spiritual beings. After all, that is the whole point of being here, isn't it?