Everything that happens in the universe starts with an intention. In the morning, you choose what clothes to wear, you decide to pour yourself some coffee, and you determine what you will do with your day. I made the decision to write my next book Why Wait: A practical guide to checking off your Bucket List right now!

Everything starts with intention. Intent takes a thought and makes it a reality. One of my favorite stories about the power of intention is that of Marilyn Monroe in New York City in the 1950s. She lived for a year in a studio on the Upper East Side (my old hood!). She loved walking the streets of New York, because unlike Hollywood, no one bothered her. In fact, no one recognized her, that is until she wanted them to. One day, while walking down Broadway with her friend, Anne Greene, Marilyn turned to her and asked, “Do you want to see me become her?” Anne wasn’t sure what she meant, but watched as Marilyn turned something on within herself that was almost magical. Suddenly cars slowed down and people stopped in their tracks to stare at her. They all immediately recognized that this was Marilyn Monroe as though she had pulled off a mask, even though a second before, no one noticed her. 

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In Chapter Four, I write about how thoughts become things through the Law of Attraction. Simply put, whatever you think about the most will show itself in your life, whether you’re conscious of it or not. If you dwell on negative things (i.e., how much you hate your job, financial troubles, your life isn’t what you imaged), you will bring more of that into your life. On the other hand, if you focus on the positive (i.e., all the blessings in your life, loving relationships, each new day is filled with possibilities), you will bring more of that into your life. 

We have the ability to choose what images we hold in our minds, and in so doing, change the course of our lives. In this season of making resolutions and fresh new starts, try this: anytime you realize that you’re having a negative thought, replace it with a positive one. See the silver lining. Find your inner Marilyn Monroe. 

I wish you all peace!