The Power of Intention

Posted by Holly Stokes on July 12th, 2014
Anna was living in Colorado and was tired of being a sales rep for health food stores.
She was tired of working for other people. We were talking one day about her plans.

Anna said, “I want a job that is fun and creative. I want to work with people. I want variety, I want it to be different everyday. I only want to work a few hours every day. I want to be in charge of my schedule. I want….” She went on with her list.

In the back of my mind I was thinking, “Oh honey – I don’t think you can find all that.”

But the Coach part of me knows not to limit a person’s dreams. So I stayed supportive.

A few months later, she called me from Las Vegas.

She said, “Guess what I found everything I wanted. I dress up as Tinkerbell and walk up and down the Las Vegas strip and people give me money to take pictures with them. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s different everyday, I work just a few hours in the evening and I love working with people.”

And Tinkerbell was born.

She went on, “I decided what I wanted and I wrote it down everyday in my journal for a month. Then when I moved to Las Vegas I was looking for part time gigs and found a temp job dressing up as a chorus girl in front of the casinos. I figured out if I had my own costume, I wouldn’t have to work for anyone and I could keep all my tips.”

When you create an intention, you tune your brain to be open to that possibility. As you focus on your intention you tell your unconscious mind to be on the lookout for what you desire.

You don’t need to know the how, all you need to know is the essence of what you want.

Then your mind becomes more aware of the opportunities that match and fill your desire. And you’re more likely to take action when the opportunity shows up.

What would you like to see in your life? How will you use intention?

Now the problem with intention is that it only works if you don’t have unconscious mental blocks.

If Anna had the mental block, “you can’t do what you love” it’s quite unlikely that she would have found the answer to what she was looking for.

How do you know if you have unconscious mental blocks, because they are unconscious – right?

I’m glad you asked. These unconscious mental blocks are the reason we stay stuck or struggle with the same goals over and over again. If you are not getting the results you want, you probably have an unconscious mental block.

Because these are unconscious – outside our conscious awareness, I recently developed a series of quizes to help you identify your unconscious mental blocks.

In the next month I will set it up on the website, but for now, you can read more about mental blocks and unconscious programs on my homepage:

Sign up for my email list and you will get the Beliefs Quiz free as a way of identifying your unconscious programs.

Take the Beliefs Quiz and then call me for a free consultation.

Here’s to Your Health, Happiness, and Success,

Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer

A Funny Thing Happened On the Trail of Life

Posted by Holly Stokes on October 14th, 2010

Funny story I thought I’d share from my days as a backpacker.

I was working with a teen  wilderness therapy program. We were out on the desert in the wilds of Utah. As staff we were there a week at a time and the kids were out there anywhere from a few weeks to months. In some ways it was a pretty intensive program, and in other ways life got really simple.

Each of the kids had a tarp for shelter and all their gear would roll up in the tarp, which they would then tie up into a bundle and then thread seat belt webbing through to make a backpack. Every morning we would tear down the shelters, roll up our packs and hit the trail for anywhere between 2-10 miles. When we arrived at our campsite for the day, we would unpack and make camp.

In the middle of nowhere, the desert of  Utah, there was a stillness there that spoke to the soul. A deep quiet so strong and peaceful it is my belief that this desert magic could soothe the confusion and the difficulties of the teens who came.

So, we pack up as usual like so many days before, as we are hiking, one of the students, lets call him Mike was just really tired and struggling.

Me: Hey Mike, Hows it going?

Mike: Oh, I don’t know what it is, my pack is so heavy today

Me: Hmm, maybe you are just more tired today.

Mike: yeah, maybe it just feels so heavy.

Me: Well, hang in there, we’ve only a couple more miles to go.

The last couple of miles Mike looked tired and worn. He was a good hiker but the trail today was really wearing on him.

Finally, we arrived at our campsite for the night. Everyone began unrolling their backpacks, we heard Mike shout  “No wonder!” as he stood over his bundle of possessions. I came over to see what he was talking about.

There, nestled between his socks and an extra pair of pants was a big fat rock. We are not talking a handsized rock, we are talking about a sizeable two handed 10 lb. rock about the size of a large grapefruit! We used rocks to secure the sides of the shelter, and that morning while he was packing up, it must have gotten buried among his clothes or he got distracted in tearing down the tent tarp.

As you think about it, what a great metaphor for life. How many times have we hiked around in our life with giant rocks in our backpack? Old ideas and thought patterns that weigh us down and hold us back?

What’s in your backpack?

Roadmap to Success!

Posted by Holly Stokes on May 7th, 2010

Creating Your Roadmap to Success. What is your next level of success? Would you like to step into your next level? In life, health, or business, the principles of creating change are the same. Create your Roadmap to Success with this NLP process designed to give you insight into each level of change that you need to address in order to create what you want in your life now.

As you answer each of the levels, you’ll find practical strategies for making it happen, create internal alignment to having it, and adjust your internal radar to making it real in your life.

Identify what you would like to have, be, or accomplish, and state it in positive language. For example, I want to boost my sales 20%. What do you want?

Then walk through this exercise, noticing the insight from each level of change. I recommend writing your insights down as you go through which will give you a roadmap to getting there.
”    What would you need to change in your environment to have this?
”    What behaviors would need to change to support this?
”    What capabilities or resources would you need to change?
”    What beliefs might you need to shift?
”    What values would you need to change to have this?
”    How might you shift in identity to align with this having? Who will you be when you have achieved this?
”    Who else would be affected by it? Who else will benefit from you having this change? Friends, family, people they influence?  Imagine taking it on fully, as if you have it now, then bringing this higher awareness back with you through each level with you, notice what else is shifting for you through each level.
”    What has shifted in your identity to take this on?
”    What has shifted in your values to take this on?
”    What has shifted in your beliefs?
”    What has shifted in your capabilities or resources?
”    What has shifted in your behaviors?
”    What has shifted in your environment?

This is called, Neuro-Logical levels of Change, and is based on Gregory Bateson’s work of integrating change.
Stop struggling! It’s time to be working smarter! Yes – You can have the life, body, and business you want, and with practical tools, you can make it happen one step at a time! What’s your next level? Share your goals with us: