The Power of Intention

Locks for Intention

When you make up your mind to do something, like it or not:

All barriers make way for you.
All change becomes a matter of time and effort.
All difficulties become possibilities.
All excuses vanish into thin air.
All fears begin to fear you.
All temptation melts away.
All things become accessible.

In that precise moment in time when you decide to do something, everything suddenly becomes crystal clear. You see your true capabilities, sometimes for the first time, because you allow them to rise to the surface. This is why challenges are so enlightening. They give you a better sense of yourself. They open your eyes to the most important – and the only – person who can turn your life around and bring miracles to life: YOU!

A marathon, a juice fast (mine was only 5 days but I did it!), a trip around the world, a drastic career move, it is all a matter of intention. As much as you may like to label others as “special” or “gifted” or whatever else to convince yourself that you could never do that, something still nags at you and you know it! You quietly wonder what if. You feel tempted to challenge yourself, to push yourself well outside that lousy comfort zone, and to seriously put your capabilities to test because maybe, just maybe, there is a chance, a possibility, a dim light in those shadows you create in your mind that you too can do anything you set your mind to.

Story Time

When I married my better half about 10 years ago, he was overweight by all charts and standards. Still handsome. Still dashing. Still a pure heart of gold. But he was fat. And I was worried. Well, not just worried. I was paranoid, desperate, and willing to do anything and everything to clearly communicate the urgency of his situation to him.

I’d like to mention that for the record, I was completely alone in this enormous task because our dear families thought that he looked “just fine” and my friends at the time thought that I was “too demanding”. Good thing I do not listen when I know I am right and no power in this world could convince me that being overweight is “fine”. Other may get complacent about their health. Fine! I had spent too much of my life preaching to them and one day I decided that it is no longer any of my business. My husband, on the other hand? Oh he is completely my business, whether he liked it or not.

And he did not like it at first.
Ummm, yeah. Those were not fun days.

No matter, even in this state of intense desire to change my man, I failed. Even with my powers of persuasion, I failed miserably. Even my most pressing pleas – and believe me, they were intense and I was not kidding around – did not go very far until the day he made up his mind to do it. It is about 8 years since that “movement” in our relationship but I still remember the exact moment he committed. I knew then that my work was mostly over and his had just started.

I learned at that moment that you cannot transfer your power of intention to someone else. It has to come from within for all of us. You can inspire someone all day long and sure, it goes a long way to helping them decide but decide, they must on their own and if they are not ready to do something, they won’t. You may think you got your way but even if they initially please you, their mind always gets its way in the end and sooner or later, you too learn that you cannot make that horse drink no matter how close you bring it to the water.

Oh and this story does have a happy ending. The moment my clever husband decided that I was right all along and that he did need to get in shape was the start of his most transformative journey in life. Today, 90 pounds later, all of which he has kept off over the years, he is happier, healthier and cannot bear to think about his old self.

The power of intention at work. Nothing special about him in this regard. Just the power of intention.

When is the last time you really and truly made up your mind to do something?

Simply Refuse

Enough already with the excuses, with feeling sorry for yourself or procrastinating that most important task of all by busying yourself with the little details that will not matter a week from today. Do what matters and if you have not yet made up your mind, identify exactly what is keeping you from doing it.

Resistance, they say, can be a bad thing. I want to turn it around and make it a good thing in this light. Create your own resistance to failure and you will have no choice but to succeed:

If you refuse to give up, you will simply not give up.
If you refuse to fail, you will just have to make it.
If you refuse to take no for an answer, you will find a way to find yes.
If you refuse to stop until you get there, well, guess what? You eventually get there, baby!

When the mind has been made up, few things can get in its way. When you are still hovering about trying to decide this or that, this way or that way, left or right, are you surprised that you do not make tremendous progress? When the energy is dispersed and the force is not fully set in motion, how can you? Your mind has to be ready for the challenge and your body will follow.

This is the power of intention. Everything happens because of your intention. This is the potential of the mind. Use the power of your mind. It is free. It is capable beyond measure because no advancement in science has literally – and I mean literally in its literal sense here – has measured it yet.

Your power of intention is your strongest asset and your biggest ally in life. Have you put yours to use lately?

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  • Candice L Davis

    I had my own struggle with obesity. My daughters will deny this. They’ve only ever been able to see me through their love goggles, and I was always beautiful to them (even when I wasn’t the nice mom). But my mother and closest friends tried hard to get me to lose the weight. Nothing they said made a lasting difference.

    Honestly, a high raw/vegan diet was the thing that clicked for me. It gave me the tools to see my intention through to it’s natural conclusion. These days my intention is focused on sharing the raw/vegan message with as many people as I can, especially those I love. I don’t expect them to all jump on the bandwagon, but if I can get them to have one green juice every day, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished one of my life’s missions.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Candice, I am so proud of you and so very happy about the result of your story and the journey, no doubt, has changed you forever. Of course you were beautiful to them. Beauty was no an issue in terms of Andy, my hubby, either. I think it’s beyond that. It’s about long-term health and lifestyle and happiness and self-esteem and self-confidence and so much more. And you have indeed come a long way. Funny enough, when I gained 15 pounds back in 2006-2007, cardio and juicing helped me but I didn’t go vegan until 2010 because on the vegetarian diet (different yes) I had gained some of that weight. Great job and thank you for sharing.

  • Jamie Farrell

    Hmmm….while I like your post and love your example (Nice work, Andy); I don’t think “intention” is the best word…at least for me. I “intend” to do a lot of things…by definition, intention is a purpose or goal, right? FOr me, it’s not about having the goal, it’s about COMMITTING TO HIT the goal; or in this scenario – committing to the intention. So perhaps, for some people, having intention to do something is enough. it’s a mental determination and that works for them. For me, personally, I have to commit to the intention (similar to your better half committing to become healthier) as the intention is just not enough for me. Unsure if that makes sense.

    • Farnoosh

      Jamie, I think it may just be a semantic thing. I wasn’t using intention here in the sense of “oh he has a good intention, a good heart, etc.” – No, I was using it as in you INTEND to do something and to me that IS committing. Commitment is another word for it. So the goal, the idea, the aspiration, the end vision in mind comes first but to get there, I was making the point that no one else can make us and when we intend to do it – or commit to it, which is the same thing in a way, maybe I need to consult dictionary – then nothing gets in the way. Thanks for dropping by and I just know your power of intention (or commitment) is stupendous!

  • Vishnu

    Hi Farnoosh – I’m a newer reader – thanks for the 2 stories of intention above. 2? Yeah – you intended your husband lose weight and eventually he did too. Both intentions manifested! But I do get that your point – you can’t intend for someone else – they have to do it on their own.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Vishnu, welcome, welcome! Thank you for that new take on my story. I more than intended him but yes, all joking aside, the intention was hard at work. I can live with that translation so long as we are clear that without him setting the intention, I would have gone nowhere on my own. And I do believe we agree. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Jaky Astik

    Power of intentions? This title is similar to a book written by Abraham Hicks…the astonishing power of intentions. A must the way.

    • Farnoosh

      The Power of Intention is actually my title but I will check out the boo, Jaky, thank you :)!

  • Hajra

    Hey Farnoosh,

    This has been a very inspiring read and very refreshing too. I was a plump teenager and way too lazy. No matter how much mom nagged me into changing my habits and dragging me out for a walk, nothing seemed to work. And having easy going friends healthy friends who thought it was all right didn’t help either (P.S. they are wonderful people otherwise, just didn’t believe that shedding the extra weight was necessary).

    But then in college, I don’t know what happened I started being careful – didn’t join the gym and all, but yes, I started eating healthy and walking to places. It helped me loads, I am healthier and I feel better. I still haven’t achieved the envious figure but I am a lot better than before. So, I seriously, don’t know what happened. Maybe that one spark of determination just strikes and unless and until we act on it, nothing and I mean, nothing can be achieved.

    Even if we confused and don’t know where we are heading, we can just sit down and think it out, write it down, analyze… the intention behind doing all this will give us the purpose we have been looking for all along.

    If we intend, half the battle is won, but follows the tougher battle of acting on our intentions. That makes dreams come true!

    Thanks so much for such a beautiful read! I am so glad I have been introduced to your blog. Hope you have a lovely day!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Hajra, so nice of you to share such an honest story and I am so happy that you found your way out of that place on your own in college. You may have become more self-conscious and with social life and growing up and getting out there on your own, you may have wanted to improve all aspects of your life. Naturally, our appearances come first but the great side benefit of shedding extra pounds is the inner health. So bravo and yes to the articulation of intentions by your beautiful words. I am delighted you found us here too. Come back often! And stay healthy and if you want to follow us along on the raw vegan challenge, just join our group. We’d love some company.

  • Jeanie

    How did Andy do it? *looks at myself*

    Your weight loss, while inspiring, happens to me in a week because I have so much to lose.

    I remember high school when I fell out of a size 2, and was a very strong and lean 110 pounds…it was 12 hours of track practice, 5 hours of mixed martial arts, 7 hours of weight lifting, 5 hours of dance, plus “fun exercise” on the weekends that kept me so small. (This was weekly.) A full time job, essentially. Granted, I was eating everything fried, sugary and GMO, about 6kcal per day, but still. I don’t want to work out 40 hours a week. :)

    Green smoothies…last time I tried to make one, I busted the glass in the blender. Unfortunately, it’ll be a long while before Vitamix and Blendtec come into THIS kitchen.

    Thoughts on one that won’t break while using OR the bank?

    • Farnoosh

      Oh how did Andy do it. Stages, darling. First, it was a STRICT Atkins diet with that 20 day induction that I am sure you have heard about. That was some 30 pounds or so, not sure, he’d have to tell us. Then it was a modified low carb. Then a year later, weight training with a trainer at home plus cardio, and he gave up coke and well, fast food and all that came off at the beginning. Then he started cooking for us and we ate out less minus travel time. Now when he gains a bit of weight he goes on low carb and it comes right off (say 10 pounds or so). I must do a whole story on him this is very high level, I know. Let me think about what I can do to help you. I think if you just start with elimination rather than going to smoothies and juices, that might help and you are on a new diet, right Jeanie? So make NO exception: go off breads, white flour, sugar, fried stuff, any sodas, alcohol, and even coffee but I admit, I am not anti-coffee, I just don’t’ drink it. See what happens. I bet you will see a difference. Good luck darling!!!!

      • Jeanie

        Atkins, then Paleoish, no fried/fast food/processed food.

        Sounds pretty easy. We’ll see if I crave French bread slathered in hummus or olive oil, Coke, or pistachio ice cream. <–weaknesses after a month or so..I wonder if sauteed or stirfry is the same as deepfried? I use fruit oils and butter that don't break down under heat.

        Congratulations to you both, by the way! And thank you for the gift of your pure friendship. :)

        • Emily

          Hi Jeanie – Another perspective to offer you on the topic. The trick is not to deprive yourself of foods that you love but enjoy them in moderation. Things like bread and potatoes (things that many people love and can’t live without) are best if limited to once a week or a couple of times a month. For most people this also means having a couple of cheat meals a week where you eat what you want but then you eat “clean” as Farnoosh suggested above the rest of the time. No one is perfect and no one should be expected to eat perfect either. Weight loss is 80% of what you eat so how your choose your foods is important but don’t be so strict with yourself that it is hard for you to stick to that standard. Do what is best for your health in the long term and is something that you can stick to for life.

          • Farnoosh

            Emily, it’s my mom’s philosophy – everything in moderation. I am an extremist but I do cheat – although I can’t this month on this raw food challenge or my friends will not trust me again ;)! I do love the idea of not depriving – that’s why you have to find a way to think of this as a positive experience that you are willing to do and plus most of those “yummy” foods are only satisfactory for a moment or two…! Think long term satisfaction.

        • Farnoosh

          Jeanie, Atkins works but I am always worried about the long term health affects, although I am convinced the combo of sugars and carbs and protein is what leads to problems so when you eliminate the first two, you may be just fine. Cravings are sometimes emotional, darling. You can overcome ANYTHING if you have overcome the stuff I know about. So be strong! Thanks for your friendship too. It’s a pure blessing!

        • Cristina | Positively Beauty

          Jeanie, this year I decided it was finally time to get rid of my extra-weight and get back in shape; I changed my eating habits & started to exercise, and since March I lost 22 pound; I’m half way, and very happy of how I’m doing.
          I agree with Emily that you shouldn’t deprive yourself too much though; allow yourself a treat of choice once a week, or you’ll just get tired after a while.
          I eat plenty of raw food plus organic eggs, fish and meat, nuts & seeds. No processed food, no fizzy drinks, no refined sugar; almost no complex carbs (bread, pasta), apart from a couple of times a month when I may have some pizza or rice or noodles, as treats.
          My main weakness are desserts (sweet tooth!) so I’m exploring raw desserts and vegan sweets, using agave syrup & stevia. The funny thing is, my taste buds have changed and now I don’t crave sugary things too much – I still love desserts, as long as they’re not too sweet!
          Best of luck :)

          • Farnoosh

            Cristina, so nice to see this conversation around food and I am AMAZED by your incredible progress. Congratulations! And Cristina, the few times I have had raw desserts, I have loved every single one – plus vegan sweets. Enjoy and all the very, very best. So exciting!

          • Jeanie

            You guys, I made the most AMAZING “ice cream” and it’s raw!

            Take 1-2 frozen bananas (ripe, peeled, & in pieces)+ one unfrozen banana +handful cashews or almonds. (Although I hear USA nuts are blanched in shell to keep bugs out, so not “technically” raw.)
            Blend for 5 minutes in food processor. Use 1 or 2 dates for added sweetness = ZOMG drooly goodness.

            Ahem! Now, for intention. πŸ˜€

            As soon as I set the intention that a thing will happen, it does. Quitting my job? Check.
            Losing weight, staying in tune with body w/ diet/exercise changes? πŸ˜‰ Check.
            New relationship with money? Check.
            Finding a true love who respects me enough to pay attention to me? Check.

            You get the point. Focusing on a thing makes it so, and opens the doors up around you for a positive feedback loop. πŸ˜‰

            • Farnoosh

              Yum but I am not making any more food. I have got to focus on work :)!
              Jeanie, your examples are beautiful and reaffirming. Remember them all the time! And hey, I always pay a lot of attention to you but you meant in the romantic sense, methinks!
              Stay positive and good luck on the weight loss journey. If anyone can do it, it’s YOU!

  • Meg | One Love Meg

    What a great story! I am so glad that you are health minded enough to spread it around people you love. It’s hard when people are telling you different or that your ideas or wrong. It shows true strength when you fight through all that. I am sure your husband thanks you now for sticking with it and being his support system. And now…. you are my amazing support system. Day 3!!! Here we go!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Meg, gosh am I happy we are getting to know each other through this. I am thinking already about maybe doing a massive interview with all of us at the end of somehow doing the round-up after our 30 day challenge is over. Day 3 indeed and I am headed to a tango show at a restaurant tonight where I am supposed to perform and definitely NOT eat ;)!
      I shall be your support system for as long as you shall need one but you are doing awesome on your own. Keep it up!

  • Jessilicious

    I love this, Farnoosh! Intention is indeed everything. You cannot achieve anything without it. :)

    I particularly love what you said here: “If you refuse to take no for an answer, you will find a way to find yes.” So often we give up when we hear the no, instead of refusing to accept it and looking for the yes.

    I think I’d like to find more yeses in my life… πŸ˜‰

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Jessilicious, how lovely to see you here. Intention is powerful beyond measure. Glad you have discovered it too. Giving up is easy and it’s so hard to push through those rejections but it takes once to know that we can indeed get there with intention. After that, so much easier! Here’s to a lot more yes answers!

  • Vic Hubbard

    Oh, Farnoosh! You make me smile. Trying to change another person is like telling to sun not to rise. I have had the same basic belief in what you’re talking about since I was in my early 20’s, long before I met my wife. Yes, I took many the opportunity to point out how well it worked as our life together progressed, but it was only in the last year and a half that she has embraced the power of “intention”. I simply think of it as I bring to myself whatever I focus upon. I approach things with an undeniable belief I will succeed and I always do eventually. As I tell my wife, “We live a blessed life. EVERYTHING always works out for us.” And it does.

    • Farnoosh

      Vic, your attitude is amazing. And it takes a lot of effort to know and to accept that we cannot change someone else. We can however be killer role models and that’s exactly what you have done. Nothing more than walking our talk and proving what we say. Complete accordance to what you say and I am so happy you shared this lovely comment here with me and everyone. Everything always works out < Yes!

  • J.D. Meier

    I’m glad your story has a happy ending!

    > It has to come from within for all of us. You can inspire someone all day long and sure, it goes a long way to helping them decide but decide, they must on their own and if they are not ready to do something, they wonÒ€ℒt.
    True and true.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi J.D., nice of you to stop by. Yes, I wasn’t going to put a sad story up anytime soon ;)!
      Thanks for the vote of approval here and hope you are doing wonderfully.

  • Mary Jane

    Good for your husband :-), and for your persistent encouragement and support.
    Thank you for your inspiration!
    I am learning of the power of intention in my meditation practice. I began meditating regularly, after not doing so for a number of years, with a clearly set intention back in April. You are so right–setting a strong and clear intention is powerful! I have missed only about 3 days. Super awesome resources and support for my practice have appeared by serendipity. I meditate every day, as part of my morning ritual. I am soon going to tackle yoga and cleaning up my diet, setting an intention first.

    • Farnoosh

      Mary Jane, here I am after having promptly skipped my morning meditation after a long night – I had a tango show last night – and I feel guilty! Especially since I wrote a Meditation Manifesto. But I must say ever since I wrote that, I have experienced what you have and it is amazing how much it brings to your life. Yoga is wonderful. I highly hope that you engage that in your life too. Your path is exciting all over, best of luck and enjoy it. Thank you for sharing all of this here.

  • Mary Jane

    Good for your husband, and great you were so supportive!
    I have discovered the power of setting an intention with my meditation practice. It really works!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi again, and I am very proud of him. Thank you. Now I just have to make meditation even more of a ritual.

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  • Cristina | Positively Beauty

    Farnoosh, I totally agree that you cannot decide or “intend” something for anyone else except yourself. And you only obtain results when something clicks inside you, you make the decision and stick with it. That’s my experience.
    Congratulations to Andy! I’m half way through my weight loss (see my comment in reply to Jeanie) and I know I will get there – because that’s my intention, period :)

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Cristina, hi! And I am *so* excited for you and your weight loss plans. I am very very proud of you for sticking to it and I am sure you yourself are driving that intention forward, which clearly proves our points. Please keep me posted and if I can support you in anyway, please give me a shout. Thank you for stopping by to add to this conversation for us.

  • jonathanfigaro

    I believe we all put our intentions out to the WORLD. If you intend to be Great, Have Fame, Be wealthy, Achieve greatness and live a ROCKSTAR lifestyle!! Then guess what YOU WILL! But if you push towards the latter. Then Guess WHAT? You’ll have that also.

    I think we create our own world. We see ourselves how we choose to be seen. Put out a more optimistic intention to live a more optimistic lifestyle. Why thing bad thoughts, when you can THINK good ones!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Jonathan, I agree, with all of it. Sometimes, however, I do believe that destiny may just not be in store the way we intend for it but we can still choose a way to deal with that and set new intentions. It is a strong approach to living you share though, with setting those intentions and believing they will come to be, no matter what. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kristi Hines

    I find that when it comes to dealing with other people, you can’t really get them to change. You can, however, continuously plant the seed of “if you were to change this, you would be happier.” Just know the goal you’d like them to meet and keep it in mind, and when a situation arises where if they had already been pursuing that goal they would be better off, then drop that seed. In their own time, all those little seeds add up and then it clicks in their head – “hey, I should be doing this.” They might even make it sound like it was their idea in the end, but that’s fine too. It’s a victory either way. :)

    • Farnoosh

      Kristi, how nice to see you here. You know, I really believe what you say happened to Andy too. It may be that in the end, they may want to feel it was indeed their idea and that’s fine and it really is but it was no doubt influenced by me. The seeds add up. I love, love how you have said this here. Thank you so much and yes, either way: victory, baby!

  • Sean Cox

    Hey Farnoosh, I agree so much! So many comment-worthy points here, I have to be choosey. Really like “When the mind is made up, few things can get in its way”. Amen. Couple problems any of can get stuck in here. VERY OFTEN we THINK we have made a decision when we really haven’t. We haven’t put ALL our chips on the table–not really. We still have an “escape hatch” or “exit door” somewhere. We must weld shut all exits! Or as explorer Cortes had done, burn the ships so his soldiers couldn’t return to Spain–he eliminated the choice of retreat, and now it was either to march on to victory or die! (Ok, apparently he didn’t really do this–it’s a myth–but it makes for a good story) So, you remind me that we gotta burn our ships that take us back to the status quo.
    Also, why do we waver in making a decision and committing to a direction and invoking the power of intention? I think it’s because we lack URGENCY. Your husband couldn’t commit to a path of weight loss until he felt some urgency, wherever that may come from. I’ll stop here so I don’t over-stay my welcome, but there’s another future article for you πŸ˜‰

    • Farnoosh

      Hey Sean, so nice to see you here again. And I love the myth, it makes a brilliant point. Thank you for pointing out the one thing I couldn’t put my finger on – the times we *think* we have made a decision when we really haven’t. We haven’t really committed. Oh and the lack of urgency, you are so right. I hardly meet people – until I started blogging actually πŸ˜‰ – that feel the same sense of urgency about life until something goes wrong.
      And you can’t over-stay your welcome if you try. Thanks so much. I love the phrase “sense of urgency” – I am going to write about it for sure, Sean!

  • Eric D. Greene

    Yes, I totally get what you mean about intention. If someone is just saying “I intend to do this” but they never do it – there was never an intention in the first place, it’s just wishful thinking. Really, intention is a *decision* that something WILL be done! Once this happens in your mind, mountains can be moved. It is an unstoppable force! The exciting thing is, we all have access to this power, at any time, in any situation or circumstance! People respond to that notion by saying “Yeah, BUT…” then they have some excuse or other. No, they either don’t understand the power available to them, or they are just making excuses!

    And now I say to you, Farnoosh, I intend to subscribe to your blog! πŸ˜‰
    Looking forward to more posts!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Eric, welcome and I’d love to have you subscribe. Yes, my friend Jamie up there was also telling me the difference between intention and commitment because yes, people do say “I intend to do this.” but it takes the decision with it. To me, intention is to commit. Maybe it is semantics but to me, intention is the will to do something and that will, when real, is unstoppable. And I think nothing is more sad than when people create those excuses in their mind and choose to believe them. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Eric.

  • Aileen | Kaizen Vision

    You are Right On Farnoosh! So, so, so right. I’ve been on the side of intention when all is flowing and miracles are happening and unfolding – and I’ve been on the other side of pure stick-ness. The past several weeks – two months – have been all about re-focusing the energy into ‘connecting with intention.’
    I’d love to be at the point where I never disconnect from intention – it’s so horribly frustrating to be on groveling side.
    While we can not move another person into change – I do believe there is nearly nothing we can not do, when we are connected to intention and spirit.

    I have noticed something about ‘getting to the other side’ of intention (the side when we’re unstoppable) – Since I’ve just battled my way to drop a mere 8 pounds – I noticed all the Resistance. I was so locked in the frustration that even though I changed the foods & beverages and increased the cardio – nothing happened for about ten days. Nothing. No weight shift, – even gained a half pound. Then my mind kicked in and I got it…. I was so convinced that’s it’s soooo hard for me to lose weight that my own body believed the message. – Started back with Kundalini yoga and listening to that beautiful music and allowed my mind to believe that there is no way I can fail to lose the weight if I continue with these eating & cardio habits. Then it began to come off.

    We can truly manifest physical resistance when our mind get’s stuck on “can’t” and “it’s too hard'” etc…

    Connecting to the incredible force of intention can be a process filled with incredible amounts of resistance – but when we finally do connect with it – it’s just incredible.

    • Farnoosh

      Lovely story, Aileen, to prove the point that our mind has a power beyond measure and it “interferes” with everything, whether we like it or not until we set the right thinking in place and believe what we are doing really works. I am so glad to hear you are doing Kundalini yoga, one of my favorite forms of yoga and moving meditation, and so appropriate and fitting that that is what started you to move in the right direction. Thanks for sharing these, Aileen. I am so happy to hear of your success and of course, the reinforcement on the power of intention of the mind!

  • J.D. Meier

    Intention and conviction are a powerful combo … (and the trick, of course, is to balance with connection.)

    • Farnoosh

      Hello J.D., brief as always you are. :) Yes, but what do you mean, a balance with connection?

  • Dave Ursillo

    Our posts this week are incidentally similar, Farnoosh my good friend. Intention trumps circumstances. Mindset determines outcomes. Powerful piece!


    • Farnoosh

      Hi Dave, yes, I noticed that too. In fact, I wonder if I linked to you here – not sure who wrote which first. Thank you for saying hi and so excited for your upcoming book!

  • Andrew Hill

    I agree, Farnoosh, that it is better to commit to a course of action, than to be immobilised by indecision. That requires a certain amount of confidence and the willingness to be a bit daring and take a risk. We cannot have foreknowledge of the outcomes of an intention, only hopes and estimations. Once the decision is made, at the right time as you say, there is also the possibility that we will discover something wonderful that had not been anticipated.

    • Farnoosh

      Andrew, how nice to see you. Indecision is still a decision, that’s my answer to that one. It probably is never the best decision, though. And you know, if you think about it, we cannot even have complete control over the mundane boring paths in life, we just assume everything will go well. But I do understand the anatomy of a risk to know what you mean and it usually is something wonderful that comes out of risks. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Rasheed Hooda

    It was one day in October 1983. I decided it was time to say farewell to my attraction to the social drugs, nicotine, alcohol and marijuana. I quit all three with a simple intention to never again do it, just like that. It’s been almost 28 years of successful living.


    • Farnoosh

      Rasheed, I bet that day stands out clearly in your head. Bravo! This is the *best* example of intention I could have asked for. Thank you *so much* for sharing and I bet you are glad you set that intention every day of your life.

      • Rasheed Hooda

        Yes, Farnoosh!

        I can still vividly recall the exact place I was standing at when I made the decision.

        Glad I can provide you with a good example.


        • Farnoosh

          Not surprise one bit. Changes of that scale leave a lasting impression and every detail is like it happened yesterday. Thanks Rasheed. This was a memorable addition to the post.

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  • vp ahmed

    Dear Farnoosh, thank you again for this great post.
    Your story and the note are highly inspiring. It is sad to see that the comments and discussions following the post are concentrated on losing weight which is only an example for the subject of Power of Intention.
    My saying alongwith you is “Have intention”.

    • Farnoosh

      You are very welcome, Ahmed. The power of intention can apply to a lot more than losing weight, that’s for sure. Just because it came up in the comments, though, doesn’t mean that is the only place the readers apply the power of intention. Of that, I am certain. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  • Glynis Jolly

    I loved your explanation of the power of intention. It was enlightening. And useful.

  • Estela

    Thank you, Thank you for this words of the power of intention. As I was reading this, I stopped stood up and put a load of laundry in the wash, I’d been putting off for a couple of days. Your words are very encouraging in this phase in my life.