Momentum Podcast: 807
The Power Of Travel Intentions
by Alex Charfen
There are two aspects to getting something done, the thing you are doing and the intention behind it. As entrepreneurs, we are better than most about getting things done. Accomplishment, even of little things, drives us and gives us momentum. When we create intention around what we are doing, we supercharge our accomplishments and give ourselves more momentum. In this podcast, I share the crazy story of how we met Dr. Wayne Dyer and a hack for how you can travel with intention with a family or on your own.
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Full Audio Transcript
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Years ago, I got to meet Dr. Wayne Dyer. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had, because oftentimes you meet your heroes and sometimes what you expect them to be and what they are are two completely different things. And what. Dr. Dyer It was the opposite. He was everything I ever expected him to be. And one of the most incredible humans I've ever had the opportunity to spend some time around. And today, I want to share with you the story of meeting him. If you listen to my podcast, it's going to be a repeat of the story, but then a strategy that we use as a family and that you can use whether you have a family or not. To bring more intentionality into your life. I'm Alex Charfen.
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The most important people in the world, because entrepreneurs are the only source of consistent Positive human evolution. And we always will be. Okay. So this is one of those crazy stories of how circular the world is and how energy really works. And I'm sharing this with you from the backyard of an Airbnb that my family and I are renting in California. We're out here to see my dad, and I'm just standing here in the California sun. There's palm trees around me, the winds of the breezes blowing. And I'm excited to share this story with you, Dr. Wendy, here, and then share with you a tactic, a strategy that we use to bring more intention into our lives. So Dr. Dyer has this book called The Power of Intention, and it was absolutely life changing for me. And here's the story of how we met. So years ago, Katie and I lived in South Florida. Gosh, this has got to be 15 years ago before we had kids and we were in the Boca Raton, Palm Beach County area, and there was a horrible hurricane. This was actually a precursor to the real estate collapse for us and a precursor to us going bankrupt, which if you've listened to my podcast, you've heard that story and the hurricane actually knocked out power and water to the area we were in, in Lighthouse Point, Florida. And the initial estimates were that power was going to come on within a week, but the water wasn't going to be safe for like two weeks. And it just was not a good scene. And so not a good situation. My cousin Eric was visiting us and so we decided to bail on South Florida and go up to Orlando. So we went up to Orlando and we found a hotel. And this was during a period of time where I was committed to doing Bikram hot yoga every day for a year. So I was doing 90 minutes of hot yoga every single day. And when I get into a commitment like that and I try and follow it through and it's like everything, everything I can do to follow it through. So I did. We went up to Orlando as our new yoga studio went and we started, you know, we went in, we practice yoga. And if you've done Bikram, it's 90 minutes of sweating like crazy on really tough yoga postures, at least for me, really tough yoga postures. And I'm one of the most peaceful and calm feelings you ever feel when you're done. And so we finished this 90 minute yoga routine. I got up after laying there in Savasana for a while and went into the men's locker room and started changing. And I heard this voice behind me where this man had walked into the locker room with somebody else. And he said and he was saying, Well, I'm an author and a speaker. And, you know, I help people understand more about spirituality. And in my head, I had this like, I'm getting chills sharing this with you. In my head, I was like, Oh, my God, I know that voice. That's a voice from my childhood. That's a voice that I've heard my whole life. That's Wayne Dyer. And I turned around and I was face to face with Wayne Dyer in the locker room of this yoga studio and being overly eloquent in the moment. I was so shocked. I didn't know. I didn't like automatically said, Oh my God, you're Dr. Wayne Dyer? And he said, Yeah, Alex, it's good to see you. And I had this crazy out-of-body experience. I'm like, What just happened? How does Wayne Dyer know who I am? This is amazing. I was like, What? How do you know my name? And he goes, Oh, well, we practice Bikram yoga, Bikram Boca Raton. I'm often in the back of the room. You're often in the front. But I know your name because the instructor seemed to know you pretty well. And I'm like, Holy crap, I've been practicing yoga with Wayne Dyer, and I've been so into the practice and so focused and so distracted. And really, let's be honest, trying to survive 90 minutes in 120 or 130 degree room while doing really intense yoga postures that I didn't even know Wayne Dyer was behind me and I like almost automatically blurted out, I'm like, Oh my God, you've changed my life. You have no idea. I've been listening to you since I was a kid. The first audio cassette tape program I ever got of Wayne Dyer was when I was like ten years old. And I listened to the awakened life over and over and over again, and I'm sharing this with him, and he's like, Well, that's just amazing. And we we talked for a couple minutes and he said, Hey, you know, what are you doing here in Orlando? And so I explained to him what I just explained to you. And he said, Well, you know, tomorrow I'm speaking at the Orlando Convention Center. Why don't you and your wife come over and watch the presentation? And I'm like, Absolutely, that's amazing. And so I was like, just overcome with excitement. We wrap up, we walk out. Katy Wayne Dyer really briefly and I'm like, Katy. He said, We can go see his presentation tomorrow. This is amazing. We get in the car, it's like, this is going to be so awesome. So we get up the next morning and I'm like, I don't even know what we should do. Like, what do we go to the convention center and say, Hey, I'm looking for Wayne Dyer? That's what we did. We actually went to the convention center. We found the room where he was speaking, and I. One of the people working at the Convention Center. Hey, is there anyone here on Dr. Dyer's team? And he pointed out this woman. We walked up to her, and I remember saying, I don't know how to, like, explain this, but yesterday I was in a yoga class and Dr. Dyer was there and he told us we should come see his presentation. She goes, Oh, great. Okay, just follow me. And she took us
Two seats in the front row with his. Family before anybody else came into the presentation. And Katie and I were front and center. I got him getting, like, the most intense body sensations and chills. Sharing this with you. And we got to sit there and watch him speak and share his brilliance. And I remember I was just sitting there with tears in my eyes, an emotional and like so confirming and validating that this is one of the people that I followed and this is one of the people who is my hero. And afterwards, we actually hung he he actually, like, motioned to us on stage as he was wrapping up, like, stay. And so we stayed in our seats and the rest of the room, which probably had 1000 people in it filed out. And after everybody was gone, he came out with his daughter, Sky, and he introduced us to a couple of the other speakers. It was just incredible. Just one of the most incredible experiences of my life. And Dr. Dyer has this book called The Power of Intention. And if you read it, it will convince you that creating intentionality in your life is one of the most important things you can do. And so I've had this almost meditation in the back of my mind since I've read that book over and over again. It comes up for me all the time. If you haven't read it yet, it's absolutely one that I would recommend that giving away hundreds of copies of it. And he he convinces you that intention is so important. And so I started asking the question, the meditation, the question that came up over and over for me was, how do I create more intention in my lives, my life? And so when we travel as a family, we take sometimes a minute and a half or 2 minutes, sometimes as much as four or 5 minutes to create an intention. And here's what we do as a family. I actually shared this on my Instagram stories yesterday. We all put our hands together and we share our intention. And usually it starts with Kennedy because she's young as it starts with me, because I'm oldest. And we go through the family and we say things like, you know, our intention on this and we do this before we're traveling and you can do this if you're just on your own traveling, you can do this. And we set the intention for the trip, and we say things like, Our intention is to take care of each other as a family, to have a good time to get along, to have a lot of fun on this trip, to accomplish what we want to accomplish, to relax to whatever it is each person wants to say. And I love hearing what my kids say about their intention for the trip because they take it seriously. Sometimes there's some giggling, sometimes there's some laughing, sometimes there's a joke or two. But just that act of taking a few minutes to share our intention with each other radically improves the outcome of the trips that we have. And we did this yesterday, and we had a great day traveling yesterday as a family. And, you know, the times where we forget to do it, sometimes things will start coming up. And me or Katie, usually it's Katie will say something like, Oh, we didn't do our intention. Let's stop right now and set an intention for this trip. And so if you travel with your family or you travel with your spouse or significant other or you travel on your own, my suggestion would be before you go to the airport, as you're maybe in the car, we usually do it in the car service on the way to the airport with a driver so that none of us are distracted and just take a minute and set the intention and state out loud everything you want out of the trip you're going to be on. What's your intention for that trip? What do you want to have happen? If it's a business trip, what's the ideal outcome for that trip and how do you want to feel? How do you want to show up? How do you what do you want to get out of that time that you're spending, moving yourself around the world or around the country or to wherever you're going? And we've found that this creates a entirely different outcome for us and something that neighbors in the Airbnb have. A couple of big dogs. I just walked too close to the fence. I don't know if you could hear that, but we found that this creates a different energetic to the trip and a different energetic to what we're doing. And so it's something I would love for you to try out. And if you do, I would love to hear about it and hear what it is they do for you. You can make a post on social media and tag me. Send me a direct message on Instagram or Facebook. I'm active on both of them, and I do read all the messages that come in and I'd love to hear if you do set the intention and you know, what we do as a company and what we do to help entrepreneurs is so similar because we have systems and processes to show you how to create an intention for your whole team, for your entire business, and then the process and structure to make that intention become reality. And so if you're an entrepreneur who wants to. Bring more intentionality into your business. You want to simplify your operations, start getting the results you want without having to do everything yourself. Reach out to us. We'd love to talk to you. You can go to Simple Operations dot com and fill out a quick survey and set up a call with a member of my team. We'd love to be able to connect with you. And like I said, this is a real ask. If you try this strategy and you set your intention before a trip or before a business meeting or before whatever it is that you're doing. I'd love to hear how it works for you. And if you haven't yet. Pick up a copy of The Power of Intention. It is absolutely a treasured book of mine and one that I go back to often. In fact, I'm realizing, as I'm saying this, it's been a long time since I've I've skimmed through that book and reread passages and I probably will when we get back from this trip. So live your life with intention and you can actually add tactics and strategies to make it so. That intention is so much more powerful. And if you're going to connect with us, check out Simple Operations Icon. We love to talk to you. Thanks for listening to my podcast. Thanks for being a subscriber. I appreciate you.