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 I had the recent pleasure of being a guest on Money 101″ with Bob McCormick, a great radio show that explores the topic         of money from every possible perspective. The theme of this show was jobs and entrepreneurship and the theme of our   discussion was coping with the challenges of finding a job or starting a business in a down economy.

Before we went on the air, the guest host Ken Jeffries, a delightful and pleasant radio veteran, expressed doubt that my process and my book The Synthesis Effect might actually apply to the topic of money; until I reminded him that money is one of the absolute underpinnings of our culture and society. It is a commodity that we’ve given almost absolute power to, and therefore, it governs much of our behavior as individuals as well. In fact, we give it so much power that it plays a huge role in the creation of the stress, anxiety, fear and doubt that so plagues so many of us these days. We are buried under the weight of what we perceive as chronic lack in our lives. (I see more clients suffering from stress and anxiety— much of it based in a feeling of lack and much of it financial in nature—than any other single issue these days.)

It literally took only a few minutes to verify my point as we began taking listeners’ calls. Virtually every caller had questions about the way they are going about pursuing either employment or business opportunities, and virtually every question involved the caller’s failure to succeed. One woman, in particular, really touched me. Having recently completed training for a nursing degree (a “mid-life” career change) she is having trouble finding employment because she has no work experience; a classic example of the old Catch 22—you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience if you can’t get a job.

It was a perfect time to introduce two of the key ingredients in creating the process of change through Synthesis. I first congratulated her on her choice to pursue a new career path she is passionate about, and for her hard work in completing the training required. I then reminded her that every single one of us, in just about any career starts out in this very position—no experience and no job. (I couldn’t help but remember the uncertainty I felt years ago when I first graduated from Hypnotherapy College and had no clients and no practice.) It does, indeed, seem daunting. And yet, some of us obviously succeed where others do not. So what are the difference makers? Along with desire, which in her case is a given, two indispensable catalysts—both part of my Formula for Change—must be brought to bear, Intention and Expectation.

So, I reminded her that as she continues to look for that position to do it with intention, which I define as laser-sharp focused thought and action— either one without the other is not going to cut it. I told her to be relentless, to turn over every stone, reach out to everyone she knows in her network, and as she’s doing all of that to absolutely expect success. I assured her that while it might take some time—instant gratification, while desired, is rarely a usual outcome— she would find her way, and the opportunity she desires will materialize, and probably sooner rather than later.

How do intention and expectation work to create results? In truth on many levels, and we’ll look at those in future posts, but at the very least they get us operating not from a “reality” of lack, insufficiency, doubt and fear, and the relatively weak energy of hoping for success, but from the other side of that coin: a reality of abundance, exuberance, satisfaction and an absolute knowing that we are on the right path and will succeed.

Process is process; there is no substitute and it is our reality while we are synthesizing new dynamics in our lives. It’s important to remember that the energy we project into the reality of our process has a huge effect on the final outcome, both in what we manifest and when we achieve it. Plus, we feel better—Rule #1, Life is supposed to be fun—when we choose to both intend and expect our desired outcome. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Until next time, blessings!

Dr. John