The other day I took my car to get serviced at the dealership and was reminded of one of the easiest ways to get what we want in life – intend to.

When I first set out to buy a new car a couple of years ago after moving back to California from NYC I had a few not-so-great experiences with salesmen. I thought buying a car would be fun – but it felt more like an unwanted headache.

After one annoying experience in particular I told my mom, “You know, I’m going to buy a car from someone great. A salesman who has my back and treats me like an old friend!”

I set an intention for it right then.

The next week as I drove through a dealership I heard someone calling out my name. I peered in my rearview mirror and saw a salesman chasing after me waving his hands in the air. As he neared I saw it was an old friend from junior high I hadn’t seen in decades.

For the rest of the afternoon we test-drove cars and strolled down memory lane and by sunset I walked away not only with the keys to a car I loved but a great deal to boot! To top it off, I had a fun day catching up with an old friend.

Setting intentions gives our mind direction. We consciously decide what we want and declare it to our selves and the universe (this may sound a little woo-woo, but it’s true).

Many of us spend our days bouncing from task to task, running around like the Energizer Bunny after pounding a 4-pack of Red Bull.

We want things to go well, sure. We want to be happy and for everything to work out, of course. But we rarely take time to intend for it.

I had a client a few years back who had only two company rules – one being that everyone on her team pause before sending an email or getting on a phone call, take a deep breath and set an intention.

Intend for the email to be received and whatever requested to be given.

Intend for the phone call to be enjoyable.

Intend for everything to happen with ease and joy.

It sounded a little out there and at first felt odd – but in a matter of days I fell in love with setting intentions.

It was powerful.

It didn’t work like magic – not everything I intended happened – or in the way I intended.

But a lot of it did. Plus I felt more connected to what I really wanted out of my day or a segment of my day and less like I was simply going through the motions.

I got so much out of it years later I still set an intention for my day and set intentions for segments of my day. Not all day every day, but often.

You can set an intention for anything you want in life. You can intend to:

  • Have a good day.
  • Resolve a technology issue stress-free.
  • Learn what you need for your life right now.
  • Meet the love of your life or attract the right clients, friends or fans.
  • Make more money.
  • Have a brilliant idea.
  • Experience safe and smooth travels.
  • Not go overboard with dessert or finish off the bottle of wine.
  • Laugh more. Feel better. Love yourself no matter what.

The best part about setting intentions is that it’s easy. You can’t overthink it and you can’t do it wrong. You simply set an intention for what you want.

When the phone rings say to yourself, “I intend for this call to go well.”

When you wake up in the morning, “I intend to have a good day and for everything to go my way.”

You can set intentions in your head, say them out loud or write them on post-its and place them where you’ll see them.

The key is to set an intention for something you want and then let it go and get on with your day.

So go on – give it a shot! Set an intention for your day or the next activity on your to-do list. Even if your plan is to watch TV, take a hot bath or go to sleep – intend to relax and enjoy.

Intend for something spectacular to happen in your life in the next 24 hours.

You may be pleasantly surprised with what shows up!


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