Intention is a funny thing. When we “set an intention,” we take committed action (as set out in our blog post, Intention #5, http://www.mclarencoaching.com/intention-5/). And the results of a clear intention combined with committed action are remarkable. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But it is so much more effective than the alternative – not setting an intention, not taking committed action, wishing, hoping, and taking what comes. There does sometimes seem to be an almost magical element to intention-setting. Is that because clear intention makes us see things differently and take different action? Or is it something else? I don’t know. I don’t think it matters. It works:
“Since I have embraced executive coaching with Cami, the idea of Intention has become a regular part of my life, personally and professionally.
I remember one day, in particular, when my daughters and I were running late for school. To be honest, that happens quite a bit, but that’s another discussion. My children go to two different campuses, so running late has a domino effect for us. Worried that they would both be late, I declared my intention… ‘I intend to get my girls to school on time today.’ I didn’t know if it would make a difference. As I saw it, I only had control over one thing…when we left our house…and I blew that. I couldn’t control the street lights or the traffic or any of the other things that happen when you are driving. But I put it out there and I asked my girls to put it out there, too. If the three of us shared the intention, maybe…just, maybe…I would get them there on time. It couldn’t hurt, right?
When I got Daughter 1 to school on time, we let out a Woohoo! One down, one to go. Now for Daughter 2. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes to go from one campus to the other. We had about 5 minutes. There was only one way I would get Daughter 2 to school on time…We had to hit every green light and there had to be almost no traffic. Even though I had set my intention, and my daughters had joined me in it, I didn’t really believe it was possible at that point. There was just too little time. Even so, I refreshed my intention with Daughter 2… ‘I intend to get my girls to school on time today’…and off we went.
I couldn’t control the traffic lights. I couldn’t control the traffic flow. I could, however, set my intention. That one act made me more focused on what I was doing. I believe it also compelled me to do it in a way that increased my success. I didn’t speed out of panic, cursing everything that slowed me down. Instead, I focused my mind and trusted what I put out into the universe. That day, it worked beautifully.”
Elise S. F. Baker, Esq.
Placer Law Group, APC