I’m convinced: what I think about, what I talk about and what I “do about” has the power to turn my ideas into reality.
The other day, one of my clients was telling me about her upcoming trip to Tahiti. I was there about 10 years ago with my dad, as a guest of Tahiti Tourism, on a trip that was ridiculously fabulous and a dream come true for both of us. After hearing her excitement, I started talking to my friends about how I would love to go back there again. That led to some research, just on a whim mind you, to see if there might be an affordable way to return to this luxurious destination.
What started as “wishful thinking” turned into “wishful talking” which led to some footwork — and whoosh, I’m going to Tahiti in February and it’s not going to break the bank! Wow! How did that happen? I wasn’t even considering such a trip a few weeks ago.
Ah yes, the power of intention. Thoughts are the seeds that lead to the words that lead to the actions that manifest reality. I know that may sound like New Age woo-woo, but it’s hard to ignore how many times this has happened in my life.
Skeptical? Here are some other examples:
When I was laid off from my “glamorous dotcom job” when the Internet economy went belly-up in 2001, my once golden resume was worthless. With all that time on my hands, I started fantasizing about going back to school, which led to talking about it — saying it out loud even though I felt a bit foolish to be considering college at my age. Still, my friends encouraged me to apply, and the best option, even more fanciful, was the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.
But how does a grown-up, out-of-work dotcom refugee afford to go to a pricey private university? Despite the ludicrousness of the idea, I filled out all the applications, wrote the essays (just like all the high school seniors that were doing the same) and sent it all to the admissions office. I had almost forgotten about it when I received a letter in the mail saying I’d been accepted. Take that, you 18-year-old whippersnappers!
That initial elation gave way to defeat. I didn’t have the money to go. But a few days later, another letter arrived saying they were giving me a scholarship and financial aid. It all started with thinking and talking about a dream — and then taking some action steps.
Need another example? About three years ago, I made plans to go to Nashville to do some research for a SingularCity travel adventure. I decided it might be fun to look at some houses for sale while I was there. So I started talking about it and did some research to see what was available. I took it even a step further (an action step further) by making a couple of appointments with a Nashville real estate agent. What started as a thought turned into talking about it, which led to some footwork, and nine months later I was closing escrow on a house that I now rent out as a vacation home when I’m not there enjoying it myself. This wasn’t even on my list of “wants.” But as soon as I started thinking, talking and doing something about it, my idea was on an unstoppable train to reality.
There are numerous other examples. I’ve just given you the most recent and a couple that were more dramatic. And it’s not some kind of special trick that only works for me – it works for anyone. When you imagine something, then start talking and then doing something about it (because it does require footwork), the most amazing and unexpected things can happen in your life.
Kim Calvert is the editor of Singular magazine and the founder of the SingularCity social networking community. An outspoken champion of people who are living their lives as a “me” instead of a “we,” Kim oversees the creative direction and editorial content of the magazine and online social networking community. She secures contributors and is responsible for maintaining the fun, upbeat, inspirational and often-humorous tone of Singular, a lifestyle guide for successful single living.