While waiting for his turn to bat in the dressing room, Sachin Tendulkar was known to visualize his upcoming innings to the last detail. Several sportspersons visualize top performance en route to achieving it.
In the Alchemist, Paulo Coelho tells us how when you want something, the universe conspires to help you to achieve it. Of course, the first step is to focus our thoughts and intentions for us to really want something.
As a consultant, I’ve worked with enough companies to recognize how the ones with clear goals and a well-defined strategy outperform their competition. What gets done in a day at one of these companies, may take weeks in another, whose intention isn’t as clear.
The power of intention seems magical. It is often portrayed as the world meeting us halfway to realize our vision. Of course, this isn’t true. The universe doesn’t care about our vision.
However, the power of intention does something else. It recruits our unconscious brain, nudging it to meet us halfway. Like a searchlight, a clear intention directs our attention to the right places. When we are relaxing, it works in the background to solve problems and give us insights out of the blue.
The power of intention doesn’t bend the curve of the universe. But it rewires our neurons and focuses our energy to help us do things that often surprise us.