OMG! Did I Just Make THAT Happen?

March 27, 2017


My first experience with intention setting kind of rocked my world.  It was maybe 2004 (?) and I was reading Martha Beck’s “Finding Your North Star”.  One of the exercises in the book asks that you set 3 *WILDLY IMPROBABLE GOALS* (a.k.a. WIGs).


So, I played along...


I set 3 goals that seemed like a pretty big stretch to me.  I don’t remember what the first 2 were (but I would not be the least bit surprised if I’ve achieved them because intention setting is *that* powerful), but the 3rd goal left me sort of scratching my head.  What else did I want?


Something random, I thought, so that I would KNOW whether or not this game with The Universe worked…


Somehow—seemingly out of nowhere—I came up with the idea that I wanted to hike The Enchantments.


The Enchantments is a beautiful but strenuous hike in the North Cascades of Washington state.  I don’t even know where I heard about the hike—it wasn’t really on my radar.  I was not a big hiker and this was not a typical goal for me.


Fast forward two days…literally two days.  I’m talking with a co-worker/friend and she tells me she is hiking The Enchantments in a couple of months.  I say, “Oh, my God—that’s totally on my goals list”.  She says, “Do you want to go?  We have room on our permit for one more person?”


Totally bizarre…seemingly *out of nowhere* I am all-of-a-sudden in the process of achieving my *out of nowhere* goal.




Hiking The Enchantments was a cool experience, but not, like, life-changing or anything  (it certainly reinforced the fact that I don't like camping--sooo cold and no fires allowed).


But the intention setting process itself has been *life changing*.  As you can imagine, after an experience of such perfect synchronicity I was never going back because:




There are a lot of ways to set intentions—creating a vision board is one of my favorites.  I love the whole process of determining exactly what I want, finding the images that really resonate with me, and then laying it all out.  It’s an awesomely creative (on many levels!) experience.


I know the intense focus on what I want to bring into my life makes a difference because, even before the vision board is complete, I am typically having all sorts of a-ha’s and crazy coincidences and synchronicities.


How about you?  Have you experimented much with intention setting?  What has your outcome been? 


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