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Intention vs Action

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

When I got up this morning, I realized that there were several things I had committed to do, that did not get done. I pondered as to why? My intentions were clear, but then I did not do them. I could give all kind of excuses, but that is exactly what they would be excuses.

Recently I have been a part of a learning group. What I have loved about this group is their willingness to hold the space for us to share what each of us is working on. One of the participants brought this subject up. It triggered a great conversation. A line that really struck me was “there is a thin line between perseverance and avoiding something else.”

I loved that…avoiding something else. I can keep so busy doing for others, because I am avoiding doing what I know needs to be done for me. This made me really look at whether my intentions are grounded in what is important to me or to someone else. What I realized is that when my intention is to someone else, my actions follow to complete the task at hand. They are counting on me. So why is it that my intention to myself is not as important?

This week I have decided that I am going to practice writing down my intentions for myself. I am going to make a contractual agreement with myself to list my intentions and follow through in action. The key for me is to practice. One of my intentions is to walk my dog once a day for at least 2 miles. I want the exercise; I love the way I feel afterward and my dog thinks I am the “Queen.” So that is my declaration of intent for this week.

Stay tuned for the Action to follow…. update next week.

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