Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Do you believe in the power of intent?

The Power of Intent
- the act of holding an outcome or event in your mind until it is manifested in real-time.

Self-help books have been around for decades. From Dale Carnegie and Earl Nightengale to Tony Robbins, tools for living life with intent and purpose and without worry and stress have abounded.

All, to some degree or other, involve using the power of our minds -- an untapped resource -- to help create the situations we want.

My story:

Years ago, as a struggling, divorced parent on disability, I wanted a dresser for the corner of my bedroom. The stack of clothing on a kitchen chair was not acceptable. Every night before sleep, and every morning on waking, I "saw" a tall, oak dresser standing in the corner. Abut a month into this process, in November, I went with a friend to a furniture store. 

While she was purchasing her new bed, I wandered into the discount section. There it was. The dresser I had seen in my mind's eye. A salesman approached and asked if he could help me. I told him I wanted that dresser, but I had no money to buy it. He suggested applying for a store credit card. Even though I thought I'd be denied, I did it. 

And a day later, the dresser was delivered to my house. It fit the corner perfectly. But now, I had three months before starting payments on the $397.00. If I paid it all before the end of three months, I avoided interest charges. I turned my mind to paying off the bill. 

Christmas arrived, and over the course of a week, I received cash gifts from family and friends totaling $412 dollars. (and no, I had not asked for money or told them about the dresser.) My bill got paid in ample time. 

The power of intent? Luck? You decide. But twenty-six years later I still have that dresser. It reminds me that my pro-active actions really need to include what I hold in my thoughts.

Are you using the power of intent, intentionally or accidentally, to create situations in your life? Please share if you have.

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  1. Hi Mahrie, Thanks for sharing your inspiring! I have used the power of intent to get teaching jobs. And I was successful five times during my career. But in addition to visualizing the end result, I also sent out many resumes. I agree that pro-active actions make the difference. Joanne :)

  2. So true, Joanne, you have to take action and put yourself in the right places, but holding the right intent supports those actions. An alignment of actions and intent is powerful. I've experienced it in many ways over the years. (...and I too, taught school.)