Every day, we go about our daily activities with intent. We go to the gym to workout, we go to the grocery store to buy food, and so on. However, many of us fail to focus on the big picture aspects of our lives. If we desperately want to reach our goals, setting the proper intent matters.
Awareness. Without a deep understanding of where we are and where we want to go, intent doesn't matter. When we sit and think about our lives on a micro and macro scale, we need to ask ourselves who we want to be and how we want to impact the world. With this comes intent that we can use to propel us forward.
Match actions with intentions. Many of us have the right intentions, but our actions don't always align. We may see a problem in the world we want to solve and have the right intent, but the action we take on the intent must be properly planned out. All sides of the solution must be considered before we take action, so more good is done than bad.
Outcome independence. With intention comes expectation. We may have the intent to make our friend feel special on their birthday with a gift, but a subconscious expectation of receiving a gift on our birthday may exist. When we create and act on our intentions, we need to detach from the outcome. Whatever happens shouldn't affect us. Our thought and proper action was put in place and that's all that matters.
Conscious intent is necessary to creating proper change. With great intent comes great responsibility. With a little more self-awareness, we can all develop intent into a more useful skill.
“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity.” -T.F. Hodge