Most of us have heard about the 1979 Harvard MBA program which asked students, "Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?" The results were only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and 84 percent had no specific goals at all. Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, the 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. The three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent combined.
While goals are distinctive from intentions, the study offers an interesting example of what happens when we bring our focus to something. Wayne Dyer, in his book, The Power of Intention, states, "Be specific when you affirm your intentions to raise your energy level and create your desires. Place your affirmations in strategic places where you'll notice and read them throughout the day." We get what we focus on, so if we set an intention and then as a follow up, put pen to paper, we increase our focus and empower ourselves to manifest our intention.
Omwork: Set an intention today, write it down, and post it where you see it every day.