The life-changing power of intention

During my sales days I attended a ton of leadership and personal growth seminars. Anything to get my numbers up.

I heard some pretty great things (and some strange things). But, there’s one quote that really stuck with me:


“If the intention is clear, the mechanism will appear.”


The seminar leader had us gather at one side of the hotel conference room. He asked us to do something simple: get from one side of the room to the other. The catch was that all 40 of us had to choose a different way to get there.

So if the first guy walked, the second lady ran, the third person skipped, etc. how would number 40 do it?

I shoved my way to the front of the line so I could hop on one foot before someone else did. Thank goodness I did because people were doing the worm, walking on their hands, and doing cartwheels by the end.

Then he had us do it AGAIN… And guess what? We did it.

We set the intention: get from here to there. Each time my “thing” got taken, I had to be more creative, to come up with a new way. My desire to complete the task was stronger than my need to look good or my stage fright.  That’s the power of intention.


I had no idea what was possible

When I set the intention at age 12 to work in the field of sport psychology I had no idea how it would happen. I just knew I wanted it reeeeally bad.


Life threw me some curveballs

I wouldn’t have thought my path would require jobs in foodservice, sales, real estate, sport coaching, eight colleges (if you count Abdill Career College), divorce, bankruptcy, and foreclosure.

There were some eerie coincidences that happened along the way, though.  Each time I veered off my path, things went wrong. Doors slammed shut. But when I was lined up with my big dream, things just seemed to work out.



Even after I was accepted to a sport psychology doctoral program, I freaked out and decided to quit. I thought I would be okay coaching gymnastics and raising a family. I couldn’t see how it would be possible to do it all.

Next thing I know, I’m face to face with the woman who has my dream job. When I told her my predicament (do I go to school or start a family?) I thought my heart would pound out of my chest. Tears welled up in my eyes. She gave me the final nudge to take the leap.


Things just work out

Before I knew it, I had my master’s degree and a private practice. Not just any private practice. I have my dream job, doing what feels good in my heart. And I’m an active participant in my daughter’s life.

I swear the universe conspired to get me back in line with my 12-year-old intention… An even better version of it than I could have come up with!


What’s your big dream?

What’s your intention set on?  If your intention is clear, the mechanism will appear.

If it isn’t, and doors seem to keep slamming shut, maybe it’s time to take another look at what you really want…


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