The Power of Intention and The Opportunity To Give

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We are always looking for that great deal, the blowout sale, or the win of a negotiation. It’s definitely a thrill. I don’t know about you but I feel like I’ve won a prize when I score some of those unreal snags! But what if instead of GETTING something for the win…we give? What if we are presented with the opportunity to give?

Power of Intention

Over the past two months, I have restructured my small business. There have been many times where I thought, I should charge more, say no to certain requests, and even at times, doubting what I was doing completely. But each time this happened, I felt almost as if God was sending me a message, telling me to open up my heart and take the opportunity to give. So that is exactly what I did. The interesting thing about being given the opportunity to give is that we all encounter this in different ways every single day.

People can give in so many ways, tangible and intangible. I really believe in the power of intention and that what you put out into the world comes back to you in even greater ways (good and bad). When I was younger, I would have scoffed at this idea and even written it off as some new age, hippy garbage. Well. not so much anymore. I’ve seen the proof.

Generosity and the Opportunity to Give

When my husband and I decided to open our business, we started with basically nothing more than a huge dream and a lot of little loans. We did (and are still doing) everything ourselves to get our business together. We’ve put so much blood, sweat, and tears into getting it off the ground. We are still brand new and barely lifting this jet plane of the runway, but at least we are on the runway! Along the way, we have had some surmountable generosity come our way. Each time it feels like a message, to encourage me to give to someone else.

Give it Away

Through our business journey, I’ve met some amazing people. One, in particular, is a woman who runs a very successful business with four locations at the moment and she always takes the opportunity to give! She started her business small, much like we are doing. One of the most poignant things she has said to me is “just give it away, people will come back to you.” This is exactly what I did.

The opportunity to give has been presented to me numerous times. I could have charged a premium for an item, or increased a price for lessons, or charged for a painting I did on a whim. Instead, I resolved to take those opportunities to give instead. The tugging feeling that I had to give was there and I took it. Now, you may be saying to yourself, that doesn’t sound like good business sense at all! How in the world will she ever succeed? I am trusting my intentions. I will put good out into the world and I am already receiving it back in so many ways, through relationships, contacts, business, and personal gains!

Karma

Starting the new year off, I will continue to look for opportunities to give. It’s not a  resolution, but a continuation of an intention set from someone else (I believe), and that is how the karma continues. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to give, you’ll be amazed at how your own life will change for the better.

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Lisa Hellman
Lisa was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in Fine Arts. Lisa has worked for Conde Nast Publications, and in the Stock Photography industry, licensing intellectual properties. She moved down to Florida with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a dog in 2004. Four years later her last daughter was born, and since then, they have made Odessa their home for the past 14 years. After taking a seven-year hiatus from the corporate world, to stay home with her children, she returned to work as a substitute teacher, thinking she would do that part-time since she loved teaching her own kids over the years, as they developed and grew. Little did she know, she’d become a certified elementary school teacher for the next 13 years! During her time away from school, she enjoys spending time with family and doing things around her community. Lisa loves spending time with her friends as well, enjoying a glass of wine and having great conversations! She loves the outdoors and the beach, as this is her haven. Lisa enjoys the arts and dabbles in pottery, drawing and crafting.

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