Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Power of Intention

A couple of years ago, I attended a class taught by a Hollywood scriptwriter. He urged us to share what we were working on. As writer after writer said he or she didn't want to tell for fear of somebody stealing their idea, or perhaps for fear of criticism for themselves or their project, he became perturbed.

He said one of the best things a writer can do is share your ideas because saying something aloud makes it possible, and you never know whether or not the person you tell might just be the link to boost your project into reality.

He said the feedback you get, both positive and negative, is healthy. Maybe you're wasting time on a subject nobody but you cares about. Maybe you have the next blockbuster on your hands. By sharing with others, you chance learning something new, or gaining some insight that will improve your project or help you get it sold.

What I later realized he was sharing with us is the idea behind The Power of Intention.

According to Marcia Wieder, Americas Dream Coach, "When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur."

Last summer, I sat down next to a gentleman at a kNIFVES luncheon at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. More at home at the White Pine Cafe in Athol, I struggled to look relaxed. The man turned to me and introduced himself as the owner of 5X5 Productions, then asked about myself.

"I'm a screenwriter," I stammered, "a- a- budding screenwriter."

I mentally congratulated myself, "Good, Mary Jane, good. Putting it out in the universe!"

"Great!" he said, "What are you working on?"

Should I or shouldn't I? This guy has production studios in Los Angeles as well as Spokane, and world-wide distribution! He's going to think my idea is dumb!

"I'm working on a story about Turkey Pete," I said with what little enthusiasm my shaking voice could muster.

The comfortable conversation that followed was broken only when the meeting started ten minutes later. He had asked question after question and shown obvious enthusiasm for my story.

Tuning out the speaker, I contemplated our exchange and came up with the delightful realization that The Power of Intention had worked for me! Just talking about my project and the interest he showed for it gave me new energy and faith in both my story and my ability to see it through to completion.

The New Year is the perfect time to put The Power of Intention to work for you as a writer. I know I'm going to in 2011!

Four Steps for Setting an Intention
by Marcia Wieder Americas Dream Coach

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.

1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.
2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.
3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.
4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.

You can find Ms. Wieder's full article on the Power of Intention at http:healing.about.com/od/marciawieder/a/powerintention.htm

1 comment:

Jennifer Rova said...

Ms. Wieder’s ideas hold merit. Verbally committing to a project is one of the tricks of overcoming procrastination. It provides impetus to follow through; embarrassment of not doing so being one of the motivators to prevent failure to act. It also provides a positive goal: ”I told people I was going to do xyz so I am going to do so.” It also leads to action and often excellent results as with your experience with the Hollywood screenwriter. It has the reward of “I tried” regardless of the degree of success accomplished. Good post!