There is a common belief among a number of people around the world that you just set and hold an intention, it will manifest. Whether it is the practice of "creative visualization" or tapping into the "secret" of holding the intention, the assumption is that the idea itself is sufficient. (David remembers hearing about a group in the early 1970's who chanted "Porsche Audi" over many months, believing they could manifest cars for themselves.)
Oh, how we wish that were so! However important it is to clarify and state an intended outcome (we have written a number of essays on the subject in the past few months), that is only the first step - and an important one - in the creating process.
However, in order to move toward what you want to create, you must also be clear and honest about the current reality you face in relation to that outcome.
There is an illustrative story that David uses to make the point about needing to "know where you are" in relation to the outcome:
Imagine that we take you on a helicopter and drop you off somewhere in the Desert Southwest of the U.S. We give you all the resources you need, including food, sufficient water, a map and a compass. We then say that the outcome is to make your way to, let's say, Las Vegas. " Would you be able to do so?" he asks. The point is, without knowing where you are on the map in relation to Las Vegas, your chances of heading in the right direction, he says with a twinge of humor, is a "crap shoot."
You must tell the truth about where you are in relation to where you want to go (or what you want to create).
A wise person once observed, "What determines your destiny is not the hand you're dealt, but how you play the hand. And the way to plan the hand is to see reality for what it Is and to act accordingly."
Doing so requires an objective, non-attached assessment of what is going on that supports, or is helpful, in creating your outcome, as well as the problems, obstacles, and challenges that inhibit, moving forward. This balanced evaluation of current reality is critical to determining the Baby Steps that you can take toward leveraging what is going well, getting to "root cause" and solving the problems that stand in the way, and/or taking new generative action toward what you want to create.
Telling the truth about current reality is as important as setting the intention.
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Read last week's essay: Creating a Dream by Harnessing Dynamic Tension