I am now a life coach and a published author! How did this happen, and are these two diverse objectives connected to the power of intention?
As the old saying goes, I was able to catch “Two birds with one stone.”
In the past I started writing as a result of being challenged to write to myself about my goals. I wrote about my intentions, about what I wanted to say, and just kept on writing, and have not stopped since then. Writing is something I like to do.
However I was overwhelmed with the concept of getting my writing to market, afraid that I would be laughed at or ignored for writing a trilogy of novels about the same two people across 6 continents. Also how would people react to my own statement of philosophy merging science and spirituality?
Some time ago I stated my intention to refresh my skills in Coaching at Transformational Arts College in Toronto. As part of the course I was myself coached by one of the other students, a woman named Val, who asked me what I wanted to achieve.
When my coach asked me my goals, I identified that I would like to become an author, however I had not completed writing and editing the books I had started, and I also needed a publisher. So Val drew out of me my goals, and with her help we set achievable steps towards my dream of being a published author. Certain things were to be done by certain dates. My observation is that if you are exercising with a partner who is motivated, it is more likely that you will make the exercise happen, the gym, the sprint, the pushing weights.
So it is with exercising your intention. Life coaching means you have someone with you to encourage the setting of achievable outcomes, and to cheer you on. So with my coach’s help I started to do what I had wanted to do, but had previously stalled.
Now, as a result, I have 4 books published, and have learnt first hand about the wonderful things that life coaching can do, when you harness your own intentions. My intention to coach other people led to me becoming a life coach, and that in turn resulted in my further intention to publish my writing. Two birds with one intentional stone is worth spreading the word about!
“Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”
Would you like to move towards your goals by setting your intentions? The beginning of the year is a traditional time to do just that! Write down what you intend to achieve, especially in the area of relationships, spiritual growth, and emotional awareness. Find a support team, a friend or partner who will listen and encourage you.
My experience of the power of intention worked for me. Now I want to pass it on. I intend to use my coaching to help clients find and move towards their own passion, as Joe Campbell said, “To find their own bliss.”
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Of course I would be honored if you chose to purchase one of my books, available on Amazon, published by Advantace. Don’t know if they are for you? Well they are both fiction and non-fiction, and to get a taste of them, you can “look inside” any books online, by clicking on a book where the option to read the first couple of chapters is provided. One of the books, Energizing Love, is about UILE, (pronounced ‘willeh’) which is all energy and meaning in your life, consistent with what I am writing about in this post.
The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind.
I encourage you to set your intentions, and in doing so, you will kill two birds with one stone, you will be firmer in your sense of meaning, and you will take a step forward towards success.
To laugh often and much:
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson