As I walked into the meeting room that was quickly filling with people, I began looking for an available seat. After staking out a seat with a great view of the stage, I then turned my attention to meeting the people around. As I struck up a conversation with the person next to me I was astounded to learn that this person was an expert in the exact thing that I needed help with. What a happy coincidence! I’d recently learned about a technique that dramatically increased the number of happy coincidences like this that have taken place in my business. Here are 3 things that can help you stack the deck in your favor too.
Increasing the serendipity in your life happens naturally when you have clarity. Clarity comes from knowing, in detail, what you are looking for. Where do you want to be in your business or in your personal life 5 years from now? What about 2 years from now? What about 2 months from now? What do you need now, in order for that to take place?
Prior to attending the seminar, I had gotten clarity around what I needed to have in place in my business, in order to continue growing quickly. Knowing, in detail, where I wanted to be in my business, enabled me to gain clarity and insight into what was needed to make that next leap forward.
An intention is a determination that you make, first mentally and then verbally and in writing. Clarity is a pre-requisite for properly setting an intention. Just as goal setting and goal achievement only work with specific goals, not general goals, so setting an intention becomes a powerful tool only when the intention is very specific. Knowing where you would like to be, or what you would like to have, or what you would like to achieve is not enough. You must also set the intention of actually doing or achieving it. Once you have clarity about your objective or what you want to accomplish, you are able to properly set the intention to achieve it.
Prior to the seminar, I had achieved a great deal of clarity about what I needed in my business. In this process, I came to recognize that there was an area that I needed expert assistance in. I set the intention of finding that expert assistance at the seminar. Although I didn’t know of any experts in that area who I could turn to for assistance, I thought it was realistic to expect that one of the other entrepreneurs at the seminar would have encountered the same issue, or know someone who had, and would be able to point me in the right direction.
Clarity comes from taking time to think. It is so easy to get caught up in the routine details of your business that you don’t regularly take time to think and plan for next week, next month, next year, etc. Between the iPod when you’re exercising, to the car radio, to the television in the evening, to the iPhone while you’re waiting in line, thinking time gets squeezed. Journaling can be a great tool for thinking through things in a focused way.
The week before the seminar, I put a sticky note on my desk to serve as a constant reminder that I needed to take time and let my conscious and sub-conscious mind work on producing the clarity that was essential to making the most of the opportunity that the seminar represented. Looking back, if I hadn’t done this, I may have still have gotten to know the expert, but without the clarity and the intention, that “chance” meeting wouldn’t have been as profitable.
I’m reminded of an expression that my grandmother used to say, “Good luck comes more often to those who practice.” Take time at regular intervals to spend time thinking and gaining clarity about where you want to go and where you need help and support in order to be successful. When your objectives are clear in your mind, and you’ve set the intention, you’ll be amazed at how frequently you begin to experience those happy coincidences.