Rich here, with a quick word or two on the role intention plays in accomplishing something.
I, for the sake of clarity, will start with three definitions:
- Objective: a thing aimed at or sought; a goal.
- Intend: have (a course of action) as one’s purpose or objective; plan.
- Intention: a thing intended; an aim or plan.
Definitions from Oxford Languages.
The intention is of paramount importance to getting completed tasks and plans. Without an objective in mind, how are you going to arrive somewhere or accomplish something?
Let us take a look at the intention to arrive at an object or feature of a landscape that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, like a very tall water tower. So your goal is to get to that water tower.
If you were traveling through unfamiliar territory toward the water tower, you would find that you sometimes took a wrong turn, but as long as you could see the water tower, you would progress toward it. At times your way would be blocked, and sometimes even the water tower’s view would be concealed from you. But there is one thing that would not happen. You would not forget to look for the water tower. You would know that you could not reach the water tower by forgetting its existence.
Switching over to intention in the mental realm, we sometimes forget to look for “the water tower.” The obstacles we encounter are sometimes in the form of negative mental attitudes that hide our intentions and make us forget them. Naturally, we cannot accomplish anything if we do not intend to accomplish anything. And intending is a continuous process.
I now will relate this to building a business. When you are engaged in building your business, you have to keep your eyes on “the water tower.” You have to know that you are creating your business. You do the job as fast as you can. You intend to do it, and you intend to do it as quickly as possible. The intention is what causes the job to get done. All the steps that follow the decision to create something are just the detailed action steps.
Sometimes, people get so engrossed in the detailed action steps that they forget the purpose, goal, or objective. They look around and find they have been swamped doing lots of things, but they have produced no results. They say to themselves, “Which of these detailed action steps for doing it betrayed me?” No, it is the intention. They have had no purpose or goal, so there has been nothing to cause any detailed action steps for doing it to produce anything.
I believe most people realize it is necessary to take action to get things done. Still, the point I have been trying to get you to consider is there must be an intention first and foremost for the activities to produce a purposeful outcome.
In closing, set the intention that this and every day is a great day!