Picture this: you’re hungry to the core and the cuisine of your dreams magically appears in a decorated plate right in front of you. Blissful, isn’t it?
Unfortunately though, this cannot happen in real life, unless of course, you have a genie to support this dream of yours. So, unless you get your lazy rear to the kitchen to cook that meal or put your fingers to use to order food online, you can’t satiate your hunger. The same is the case with achieving your goals. You simply cannot have a goal of being successful in mind without ‘setting an intention’ or making a clear plan to achieve it.
Basically, your intentions are your ‘high ideals’, which motivate you to achieve your goals. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, the intention behind it could be to look good at a certain upcoming event. And you and I both know that this intention is quite a motivation for weight loss, right?
However, be careful about confusing your intention with your goals because by setting an intention, you’re simply getting to the root or the core of your goal—not actually achieving it. The achievement comes later with the help of laying out objectives and plans to support the intention.
For example, if your goal is to be happy in life, the intention behind it could be being away from the negative emotions that could wreck your mental health.
Now to achieve this goal, you can’t simply dwell on the intention. You have to draw out rules to stay happy like doing what you love or being around people that you care for, or eliminating toxic people from your life.
Finally, these rules need to be acted upon in order to achieve the final goal of happiness.
The series goes like this: You set an intention that motivates you to achieve a goal. This is followed by a plan, which has to be acted upon to finally get what you want.