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The Power of Intention: Turning Thoughts into Reality

Oct 16, 2023

Have you ever had a brilliant idea but failed to bring it to fruition? You're not alone. Many people have great thoughts and ideas, but they often remain unrealized dreams. What separates mere thoughts from transformative ideas and, ultimately, from reality is the power of intention. Intention is the driving force that can turn your aspirations into concrete accomplishments. In this blog, we'll explore how fostering thoughts can lead to powerful ideas, and how intention can be the catalyst for manifesting those ideas into reality.

Fostering Thoughts into Ideas

Thoughts are the seeds of creativity. They are the initial sparks that ignite the fires of innovation. Every great invention, masterpiece, or life-changing concept began as a thought in someone's mind. However, these thoughts need nurturing, development, and refinement to become powerful ideas.

Ideas are the products of thoughtful contemplation and mental cultivation. They evolve as you ponder, research, and connect disparate pieces of information. They're shaped by your experiences, knowledge, and the insights you gain along the way. Fostering thoughts means giving your ideas the time and attention they need to grow and mature.

Intention: The Bridge from Ideas to Reality

Once you have a reasonable idea, the next step is to foster it with intention. Intention is more than just a wish or a hope; it's a mental state that signifies a commitment to actions in the future. When you set an intention, you're creating a clear and specific goal that you're dedicated to achieving. Your intention is like a roadmap guiding you towards your desired destination.

Intention sends a precise energy signal to the universe, and broadcasts your intentions to the cosmos. This focused energy serves as a magnet, attracting the opportunities and resources needed to fulfill your goals. By setting a clear intention, you are essentially asking the universe for exactly what you want and declaring your openness to receiving it.

The Role of Vision

Vision is a crucial component of the process. It provides the "what" of your intention. It gives your goals a form, shape, and direction. Vision gives your mind a target to focus on. It helps you clarify your desires and gives you something to work toward.

Your Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of your brain responsible for filtering information. It prioritizes and processes the data that is relevant to your current focus. Vision essentially gives your RAS a target to lock onto. When you set a clear intention with a well-defined vision, your RAS goes into overdrive, seeking out information and opportunities that align with your goals. This heightened focus makes you more aware of the resources, people, and circumstances that can help you realize your intentions.

The Importance of Commitment

While intention is a powerful force, it requires commitment. You must be dedicated to your intention if you want it to become a reality. Intention alone won't magically manifest your desires; you need to follow through with actions that support your goals.

To stay committed to your intention, remind yourself of why you set it in the first place. Continuously reaffirm your dedication to achieving your goals. Create a plan of action and take small steps toward your objectives each day. Surround yourself with a support system that encourages and motivates you. When you remain steadfast in your commitment, your intention becomes an unstoppable force that propels you toward your desired results.


Thoughts are the foundation of ideas, and ideas are the building blocks of reality. However, it's the power of intention that bridges the gap between mere thoughts and tangible achievements. Intention is the commitment, the energy, and the clarity needed to manifest your dreams. It aligns your mind, your RAS, and the universe to work in harmony toward your goals.

In the journey from thought to reality, remember the importance of commitment. Be resolute, stay focused, and take consistent action to turn your intentions into achievements. With intention as your driving force, you can transform your dreams into a vibrant reality.

I wrote a book, Profit with Presence: The 12 Pillars of Mindful Leadership, which goes in to further detail about this topic and more.

Although the world is currently abuzz with the term “mindfulness,” some believe mindfulness is a fringe activity to be practiced before or after the workday, if at all. Too few business professionals take the time needed to be present and aware throughout the workday, which is counterproductive. Mindfulness is not only a path to personal success, but a sound business strategy.  

My hope is to positively impact the world through infusing more mindfulness into business -- and it starts with each of us individually. Together, we can create a future where mindfulness is deeply embedded in our work culture, leading to greater well-being, productivity, and meaningful success for all.

- Dr Eric Holsapple


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