The Synchronicity Engine

Imagine if there was an enormous engine that, when running, created opportunities for you. Mysteriously, you would find yourself meeting people who could help you acheive your goals. Resources would appear out of nowhere – money, supplies, office space, publicity. All the while, in the background, your engine would be chugging away making new opportunities – your Synchronicity Engine!

The dictionary calls synchronicity a coincidental occurance of events that appear to be meaningfully related but cannot be explained. I have another definition: synchronicity is the force that brings together the right people at the right time with the right resources to make things happen.

You decide to start lawncare business and suddenly find yourself being introduced to a person who is selling off their equipment at a huge discount or you start a non-profit theater company and meet a woman in line at the store who works for a foundation. Each event could be rationally explained, but you could not just make the connections happen. You have to start your Synchronicity Engine first, then the opportunities come.

So, how do you get one of these Synchronicity Engines and how do you make it run?

The good news is that you already have one. Everyone does. The bad news is that most people never start the engine or they let it run out of fuel before accomplishing anything.

So, let’s look at how you can start your Synchronicity Engine and keep it running.

Decision Starts the Engine

When you make a true decision, you select a course of action. You cut yourself off from all other options and begin moving. When others see you taking action you are transformed in their eyes into a business they can work with, an organization they can support, or a candidate they can vote for. You stop being potential energy and become kinetic.

Several years ago I took a movie producing course led by Dov Simens. He started the seminar by saying that there is no certification course that makes you a producer. There is no governing body that awards you a certificate that makes it official. According to Dov, what makes you a producer is you start telling people you are a producer and then start producing something. You have to quit saying that you’d like to be a producer some day and decide to be one now.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, just know that deciding is crucial. It transforms you in other people’s eyes from being a dreamer to a person who makes things happen. This is inspiring. It draws people to what you are doing and gives them the confidence to refer you to a friend or send business resources your way. Hope and promise are powerful motivators.

However, no one wants to give resources to someone who will waste them or commit their time to a project that never gets completed. That leads us to the fuel that keeps the Synchronicity Engine going.

Action Fuels the Engine

The surest way to shut down your engine is to be static. You must continue taking actions that support your decision. Each accomplishment becomes another outward sign that something significant is happening and reinforces the growing confidence others have in your decision – your Synchronicity Engine gets more fuel.

Another benefit that comes from taking action is that it works like advertisement. As you go about your business, people will see what you are doing. They may wonder why you are doing something and ask, or they may offer to help.

Recently I worked on a theater project sponsored by my church. I was serving as the set designer and technical director for the show. Because my work involved construction, the lead carpenter and I were often working during the day with the front doors of the church left open. It was unusual for the doors of the church to be open during the whole day, so people began poking their heads in to see what was going on. When they saw all the construction work, they naturally asked about our project.

One afternoon, a sculptor from the neighborhood stopped in and began talking with the pastor. Soon they were discussing the possibility of a future arts project involving this artist’s work on display in the church. Now, I’m looking forward to the challenge of trying to mount huge hanging sculptures from the 50′ high ceilings of the church.

Our actions in support of our decision to produce a play made us more visible to the community. Soon opportunities began to appear – the Synchronicity Engine was humming away.

What Are You Waiting For?

Start up your Synchronicity Engine today. Make a decision and start taking action to support it. Before you know it you’ll be flooded with new opportunities you’d never even dreamed of.

The Go-To Guy

Andrew Seltz

Andrew was born in Michigan, raised there and in Tennessee, and has since lived outside Orlando, in Chicago, New York City, and now Birmingham, Alabama. He produces videos and websites for a living and is married to a beautiful, generous, loving woman who also happens to be a talented actress and writer - They have two daughters.

2 thoughts on “The Synchronicity Engine

  • November 29, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    I remember when the idea for the Synchronicity Engine hit you months ago. I remember being excited about it and especially seeing how it was true and how it was impacting my life as a new author. I was afraid to say, “I’m an author” (as well as quite a few other things), however, the moment I decided to do so I could sense things beginning to move. To see your article now is reasuring as you continue to walk out your decisions and the best quote that spoke to me the most was when you said: “When you make a true decision, you select a course of action. You cut yourself off from all other options and begin moving.” Thanks Go-To Guy. I needed to hear that.

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