Just before the USANA’S International Convention in 2006, my daughter Sharlie informed me she and her husband Ryan were expecting a baby. It has been Sharlie’s intention to be a mother since she received her first Cabbage Patch doll over twenty years ago. I know a lot about Cystic Fibrosis (the disease Sharlie was born with), and I knew it would be very difficult for Shar to become pregnant and almost impossible for her to carry and deliver a child. I’ve conducted many presentations about the impossible becoming the inevitable. However, in Sharlie’s case I wanted to play it safe. Having lost my youngest daughter to CF, I realize I’m overly protective of Sharlie…but I just can’t help it. Over the years I have tried my best to convince her that being an aunt to her darling little nieces and nephews was almost as good as being a mother but because of the way she and Ryan would look at each other during these discussions I was pretty sure their intention to be parents was as strong as ever.
Sharlie and I happened to be at Sanoviv together when she shared the news of the impending birth. If you’re going to receive news like that, it really ought to be at Sanoviv. Thank goodness they have daily meditation classes and a team of competent and caring psychologists! After lots of tears and hugs I agreed to do what Sharlie requested… replace my fear with faith.
Well-meaning physicians told Sharlie she did not have the lung capacity or physical strength to survive a pregnancy and she was encouraged to terminate the pregnancy to spare her own life. When it became clear to her medical providers she intended to give birth and this baby was not an accident, she was told the baby would need to be taken by C-section. Well, to almost everyone’s surprise – except Sharlie and Ryan’s, Sharlie gave birth naturally to little Harrison James Kaltenbach. Being by Sharlie’s side and watching Ryan as he lovingly coached my daughter through the birthing process was one of the most special, spiritual moments of my life and brought home in as poignant a way as possible – the miracle of intention.
It has taken me 55 years but I believe I am finally beginning to understand this powerful concept of intention. Humans are a privileged species. If we understand the laws of nature and apply them, we can determine our destiny. Using focused intention and the power of attention, we choose our reality.
Let me ask you a question. Is it ever difficult for you to verbalize or even write down what you really want? It used to be when I’d do a dreams, desires or goal exercise, I felt justified in my intentions to help buy a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, for example, and more than a little guilty writing down some of the things I wanted for myself – like a closet full of beautiful clothes. Why? Maybe it stemmed from my mother telling me I had to eat all my broccoli because there were children in distant parts of the world that were starving. Does this happen for you, too? Perhaps on some level we’re not sure if there’s enough to go around…that if we live a life of abundance – getting all we really want, someone else will be subjected to a life of scarcity. Why, when my husband or children would ask what I wanted for my birthday or for Mother’s Day or Christmas or whatever, I’d say, “oh nothing, really…I don’t want a thing!”
A few years ago to poke fun at this inclination, my son gave me a birthday card depicting the Dalai Lama’s Birthday Party. The Dalai Lamai is holding a big, open, empty box…
“Wow, nothing! Just what I always wanted!”
I don’t mean any disrespect to the Dalai Lamai but I believe Mark Twain hit the nail right on the head when he said, “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
I believe most of us really do know what we want and it was shortly after receiving this card from my son that I realized how silly and untrue it was to keep insisting I didn’t want anything. I began boldly declaring my intentions.
- I intended to remarry – to find someone who was trustworthy and who would love me unconditionally. It happened. Literally the day after I declared that intention Richard called, we reconnected and my life hasn’t been the same since.
- I intended to get completely out of debt and to get my financial house in order. It happened. Within a few days of declaring that intention, one of USANA’s Executive Vice Presidents, Mark Wilson, called to see if I would be interested in meeting some competent financial planners. These two men – John Raybould and Justin Bitner – have changed my life and allowed me to sleep very soundly at night knowing I have a long-term financial plan.
- I intended to establish a legacy – a way in which I could work with my sons and integrate them into my business. I began paying attention to that thought and shortly thereafter Larsen Global was born and my sons became business partners.
- I intended to earn a USANA star for every one of my precious grandchildren. My tenth grandchild was born in August, 2007…and yes, we are 10-Star Diamond Directors.
Now it is my intention to speak on behalf of our industry and to become a worldwide ambassador for USANA and Sanoviv. I don’t know exactly how this will come about but I’m paying attention to it – thinking about it, focusing on it…and I know ideas will come, doors will open and I’ll take the action necessary to manifest my intention.
Stay tuned…in my next blog I will explain a bit of the science behind the powerful success principles of intention and attention and how you can personally accomplish more than you ever thought possible by applying these principles.