It is amazing the buzz that is going on right now about the "Law of Attraction"; 362 blog posts in the last 24 hours. When you glance through the selection you see a lot of references to intentions, focus and believing. There are also a ton of programs to help you manifest it in your life; some of course for a small donation. :-) And, if its' not working for you, then it isn't their advice; its' you, who is doing something wrong. But I think that a majority of them are missing the point.
If you want to meet an expert on focus; just talk to an addict. They have absolute focus all of the time. Intentions; say hello to the con artist who has great intentions, your money. You can wish, shout it out, write it down, or have a group and wait for it to come; but, without the essential ingredient it will only happen through coincidence.
Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying that you don't need focus, intention or belief. Focus is like a laser beam cutting through the fog of your thoughts directed by your intentions and rooted in your beliefs. It just needs the final touch.
The final touch is action. You get what you give. You just need to give first, sort of a proof of intention. It is the ingredient present in all good programs of change, great accomplishments and true happiness. The moment you take action believing it is true (being what you want) then your focus will bring to your attention all of the opportunities that exist to make it happen. They were occurring all the time before but you just didn't see it.
You want a great example? Look to the Dali Lama; his stated purpose in life is to be happy and make others happy. Intention in action.