After college, I decided I was going to take a trip around the world. I had a compelling desire to travel, untethered to any plans or schedules, for months on end. I wanted freedom and adventure, and I committed myself to making it happen – regardless of the fact that I barely had any money. I was so passionate about my trip that although I was afraid of traveling alone on a shoestring budget, it was worth the risk – even if that meant sleeping outside for a night or two (which actually ended up happening on two occasions).
Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d risk anything to make it happen?
When I was planning my trip, my lack of funds was just one of the many reasons for me not to go. At the time, I was in a relationship with my then boyfriend, now husband. Since my vision was to go it alone it meant I had to really trust if he and I were meant to be together our commitment would prevail, despite being away from one another. I decided to abandon all caution, surrender what I could not control and fully use my power of intention to make the rest a reality. I sublet my apartment for a month and slept in a friend’s oversized closet to save extra money. I worked two jobs for a year. I forged ahead with my plans and learned that when I stepped up to the plate and took action on my goal, despite the seeming impossibility of it, the universe met me halfway.
For example, three weeks before I was due to leave, I was offered a month-long job in Tuscany where I’d be paid, receive gratuities, and live and eat for free. Then, as I was ready to head from New York to Dublin on the first one-way leg of my journey, I got bumped from my flight and earned a $400 travel voucher that I used to fly from Taiwan back to San Francisco at the end of my trip. While I was traveling my boyfriend took two weeks vacation to meet me in Barcelona–where we rented a villa and had fourteen blissful days of peak summer romance.
Now, like I mentioned, I did end up sleeping outside a couple of nights on that journey and you know what? One was in Rome the night Italy won the World Cup, and the other was in Bilbao, Spain after a girlfriend and I lost our friends. We ended up sleeping on the beach without our camping gear at the Bay of Biscay. It was cold, it was sandy and … it was truly one of the most amazing nights of my life! They were two precious experiences I’ll never forget.
My trip around the world was one of the most empowering things I have ever done, worth every risk I took to make it happen. I learned the key ingredient to making your intention a reality is “want power.” In other words, the more a goal means to you – the more you want it – the more capable you will be of making it happen.
Intention is your ability to commit to an outcome even when there’s no evidence that it’s possible. It’s your ability to aim for exactly what you want and hit the bull’s eye, no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
I recently shared with you my summer meltdown over where I want to live. My desire for a home surrounded by nature has become as intense as that urge I felt about my need to travel around the world. So, even though it doesn’t seem very possible judging by my current circumstances (financial and otherwise), my overwhelming desire makes it feel inevitable that I will be able to create this for myself. Which makes it all the more exciting of a goal to commit myself to!
What goals do you really, truly at the core of yourself want to achieve? How can you start to take small steps to make it happen – regardless of your current circumstances?
Next week, on Tuesday August 6, 2013, we will have a powerful new moon in Leo. Now is the time to get clear on what you want to create so you can initiate it then. Writing out your desires and intentions at the time of the new moon is great way to plant the seeds of what you intend to cultivate in your life. Don’t be shy. Now is the time to claim what you really desire.
Feel free to share your dreams with us in the comment section below and be sure to keep us updated on your progress as you start to achieve your heart’s desires! If you need help figuring out how to exactly use your “want power” reach out and let’s schedule a session.
As always, I send you my love!