The Commitment Test

Alison Bristow
“In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.”  –Carlos Castaneda

With the first month of a new year now gone, inevitably so are many good intentions. January is the month when gym memberships and diet program registrations spike. February is the month they fizzle. Really? So fast? What happened?


This is the perfect time to talk intention. So much has been written and discussed about this topic over the last 20 years, you might be yawning and moving on to the next thing at the mention of the word. But stick around; you may learn something that can help you—as well as help you help others, especially if you’re in a leadership role.


I think of intention as a universal force. It’s what’s behind the growth of a flower and the growth of your fingernails. These happen with or without our conscious consent or will. All of the observable world including plants, animals, and humans use intention instinctually for survival.


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