Writing out "to do" lists and taking action aren't all they're cracked up to be, especially if I'm coming from a place of having to make something happen. For sure, I will make progress, but "how" I do that, and the extent of my results can vary.
Last week I did what has now become a habit, since New Years Day - I wrote down an intention for that day (New Day Resolution). On this particular morning I wrote out a specific expectation for my real estate investing business. It's notable in that I don't ask for or expect things to be easy, so this was a change for me. I'll get back to that written intention in a moment.
Later that morning my business partner and I went out to look at a property. I had spoken with the seller the previous day and we had agreed on a selling price. This was an out-of-state seller who wanted to unload this local property and was giving us a fantastic price. After viewing the property, I called the seller back and told him the repairs were much higher than anticipated. He agreed to further discount his price. I then called a buyer (a fellow investor) who likes to buy this type of property. He went out and looked at it and I assigned the sale to him.
So within 4 hours, we put a house under contract and found a cash buyer to assign it to for a substantial assignment fee, and we close next week. Contrast this with the last deal I did. It took 2 weeks for the seller and I to agree on price, and another agonizing 2.5 weeks to find a buyer to assign it to.
The day after I put this quick deal together, I went back and read my intention for that day:
"Today I allow good to come to me in full measure, both in leads that result in signed accepted offers, with easy to find assignments, as well as good in other areas of my life."
Wow, I was flabbergasted when I read that! I'm learning that action goes further when my intentions are in sync. Intentions without action, action without intention, don't quite cut it. The Law of Attraction and Allowing serve to guide us in this inner/outer alignment piece.
Intend, expect, act - it's all still an art form for me. It can't be reduced to a science, at least not in my mind. But it's fun to play with, and that's the whole point, isn't it?