When it comes to taking action on your goals or even making decisions, having an intention behind it goes a long way. It can create the biggest difference in having a more positive outcome. For instance, when taking action just for the sake of doing something, it can backfire and not get you closer to your goal. When you have a reason behind your actions, you’ll accomplish your goals faster. For this reason and more I decided to write about the importance of intention.
As I sat here pondering ideas for blog posts, I realized I haven’t written on the importance of intention. For some reason I thought I had already written about this topic but it’s better to be late than never, I suppose. After spending a day reflecting on this past year, I realized I’ve progressed more than I have given myself credit for. Having an intention behind my actions has played a major role in this. That’s why now I’m here to tell you all about the importance of intention.
What is an intention?
An intention is an idea that you plan to carry out. It is an attitude and commitment to yourself. It is also the reason and energy behind your actions. When you think of what a goal is, that’s more of a desired result. A goal feels slightly more “heavier” than an intention.
Creating intention involves having a sense of self-awareness because you’re recognizing who you are. You are also recognizing the past and thinking about the future as well. Having this self-awareness also means that you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, which can play a role in the intentions you set. Mindfulness is also involved when creating your intentions because you’re incorporating all of these concepts into your intentions.
Intention provides focus
Having intention behind your actions provides focus because you are acting based on the bigger picture. You are choosing your actions wisely based on how close they’ll get you to your desired outcome. Your intention is the reason behind your actions and by choosing one, it moves the needle forward to get you closer to your desired outcome. Having an intention brings a clearer focus that prevents you doing things without a plan.
It offers purpose
Having an intention for your day, for your work, for your life, offers purpose. You are choosing how you want to show up in the world due to one reason or another. For example, every morning upon waking up you can create the intention to have a calm day. You can intend to feel gratitude for the little things and be open to all the good things life can offer you.
Having an intention can ground you and bring mindfulness because you’re taking time out of your day to choose it. You’re going within, choosing your intention with the knowledge and lessons from your past. This is an opportunity to make the decision on how you want to show up for your future. As mentioned previously, an intention is a reason behind your choices. Therefore, living with intention will bring you more purpose because you’re consciously choosing how you want to show up and why.
It provides accountability
Another reason for the importance of intention is that it provides accountability. Having intentions behind your actions creates a sense of accountability with yourself. There is a deeper purpose that’s born when you live with intention. Because of this, your sense of “why” is greater and it creates accountability to act.
Think about it, if you didn’t have an intention behind your career moves, for instance, you probably would lack the motivation to do something about it. Let me give you another example. Say you never set an intention for how you want your day to go in the morning. Over time you would just passively move into the next week and then month without the accountability to be responsible for your attitude and outcomes. Having an intention gives you accountability to create the life you desire for yourself. It gives you power too.
Living with intention
The older I get, the more intentional I’m choosing to be. Whether it’s business or life related, I find myself acting on something only when I have an intention behind it. For instance, every time I post on social media or send a newsletter, I ask myself what my intention behind it is. If I don’t have one, I don’t do it.
By deciding to live a more intentional life, you create boundaries when needed. It’s easier to do that because you have that deeper reason and sense of “why” that comes from living with intention. Your relationships can evolve as well when you decide to intentionally choose the people you surround yourself with (whether this is friends or a romantic relationship).
Finally, you begin to value your time more. By living with intention, you filter out things that don’t align with your vision. Instead of being passive about your life as you might’ve been in the past, living with intention changes that. I believe it can bring you a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
One final thought I have on the importance of intention is that everything in life is a choice. You get to choose how you want to live. There is no right or wrong way. You get to choose your intentions every morning, every week, every year. I suggest you set an intention for how you want your day to go each morning. It can be as simple as thinking or saying it out loud. There is no time like the present.
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