Closure, Uncertainty & Planting New Seeds

I was taught to be detached from outcomes – to put in all your effort, to work with love and passion, but to also be open to all possibilities. It is about the journey, not the destination. But, these past few years, I have been very attached to outcomes and it has been hard for me to let go of certain things.

In January 2018, with the beginning of the New Year, I decided that it was time to let go of activities that weren’t working in my life, to give myself space, and to be open to the wisdom of uncertainty. I decided to step back from regular teaching and speaking, and to put my energy into completion. Thus, this week, I am finding closure on several fronts:

  • I will participate in my last week of classes for my MA program at the Spirituality, Mind, Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. I officially graduate on May 15th! Congrats to all my fellow graduates!
  • And, most significantly, after ten amazing years, I am closing Intent.com Inc., the company behind www.intent.com.

Intent has been one of the most fulfilling journeys of my life, and I am so grateful to the thousands (actually millions) of people who have been part of it over the last ten years.  We have connected with each other on a soulful level, sharing intents, supporting one another, and celebrating our successes.

I realized about a year ago that the business of intent (which survived by consulting for other businesses) had come to an end and it took me a long time to let go. I felt like I would be failing if I admitted the company had not taken off like I had dreamed of.  (As a serial entrepreneur, failure is something I am still coming to terms with!) When I reached out to my angel investors about the sober decision to close the company, they agreed. I am so grateful to them for supporting this effort.

While www.intent.com will shut down (and transition to a company that will use the domain well!), I will continue to share personal content on www.intentblog.com and ultimately invite other contributors to join us. We will also continue to share on our social media platforms. It is a return to our roots in many ways. I look forward to discussions, and getting back to writing purely as a way of thinking through new ideas.

I want to thank everyone who has been part of our journey, especially all the people who worked with Intent! I would say my proudest achievement has been watching so many of you grow up into amazing people and professionals. We made a difference in the lives of so many people, and truly served in an authentic capacity. The Intent team continues that service in so many ways!

And of course, while the company transitions, INTENT as the powerful transformative spiritual concept is anchored in each one of us. I am so honored to have been associated with this word as it becomes more mainstream in the modern culture.

The uncertainty of my future holds mystery and excitement! I have several seeds planted and am trusting that what next unfolds will be as magical as Intent. Detached from specific outcomes, but still committed to joy and service in this next phase!

With love,

Mallika Chopra