However Long It Takes (Intention, #4)

I’m excited about this week’s guest blogger. This is from one of the most intentional people I know. The person who taught me about intention long before I went to a coach training program. This blog is from my mom, and it speaks to the “never give up” aspect of intention.  So many things may get in our way and we may seem to be off track some of the time, but with clear intention, the dream WILL become reality.  We may not know the HOW, but we can stay committed to the outcome:

I grew up with the dream of becoming a lady lawyer – not a popular intention for a girl growing up in the 1940s and 1950s. In high school, my male counselor suggested teaching or becoming a secretary – great choices – admirable vocations – just not MY intention. So I decided I would become an attorney – whatever that took. I married and at age 24 began what turned out to be a 20-year journey to follow my intention. I applied to the California Committee of Bar Examiners to study law through correspondence school (no on-line courses in 1962). I studied for two years until my first daughter (Cami) was born. Over the next 20 years I had a son and another daughter, went through a dissolution of marriage, began working full-time first as a legal secretary and then after certification, as a paralegal, while raising my woman lawyerfamily as a single parent until I remarried in 1974. I began the study of law again – this time at a law school – and then had to leave due to finances.

Finally, in 1982, with the support of my family, I graduated at the top of my law school class at age 44. Need I mention, this was not a plan – this was my intention – I was determined to have my dream come true. That lesson on intention has been invaluable in my life. In 1998 my husband and I bought undeveloped acreage in the Ventura mountains with the intention of building our dream home. Once again, life took its twists and turns and finally in 2010 we saw our intention become a reality. Now approaching my 78th birthday in May, I have had the opportunity to set many intentions knowing from experience that as long as my intention remains clear, it can happen.

-Joan Virginia Allen
Attorney at Law

One of the things I think about when I read this blog is the concept of “timeline” in creating intention.  It is important to have a “by when” – no doubt.  As in “I intend to lose 5 pounds by May 10, 2016.”  But if you reach May 10 and you have not manifested your outcome, you get to go back and look again at your intention and reset it.  See how many times Joan RESET her intention, until it became reality.

About the Author

Picture of Cami McLaren

Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching professionals and leaders since early 2008. She runs Transformative Coaching Essentials, a coach training program that produces first rate Professional Coaches and "Coach-Style Leaders." She coaches individually and works with organizations to improve communication, time management, productivity and ultimately bring greater results.

Get Our Newsletter
Recent Posts

Thoughts and Feelings

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James This is a lesson I learn over and over again. We have choice in what we decide to think about. Is this a radical notion to you? Or just...

Read More
Ranger Kielak

Coach Highlight – Ranger Kielak

CM: Why did you enter TCE? And/or, what did you want to get out of it? RK: I entered TCE because I saw how valuable it was to be coached by a current student in the course. I saw my relationship improve, my mindset shift...

Read More
McLaren Coaching | Take A Break

Take A Break

I love this quote by Annie Lamott. Not just because I love Annie Lamott so much, but also because it’s just so true. When my printer doesn’t work, I unplug it. When my zoom doesn’t work, I log out and back in. This works 90%...

Read More

Coach Highlight – Sylvia Fox

CM: Why did you enter TCE? And/or, what did you want to get out of it? SF: I made the decision to join TCE to learn more about myself and show up differently in my relationships, especially with my family. I knew two friends who...

Read More

Share this Post

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email