The Difference Between Goals and Intention
I like to use the word “intention” instead of “goal.” When I think of the word “goal” I think of winning a race. Verbs like run, push and strive come to mind.
When I think of the word, “intention,” on the other hand, I think of mindful attention. Words like thoughtful, selecting, and choices come to mind
Lets say for example, my “goal” is to lose 10 pounds. My “intention,” however is to become aware of what and how much I eat. Both actually work together. If I loose 10 pounds but haven’t learned how much to eat, what to eat and why I over eat then I will quickly gain back the ten pounds I struggled to loose. To achieve long – lasting weight loss a lifestyle change has to occur. This means learning new eating habits. Learning is a process that includes some setbacks, ultimately moves forward to change behavior and is typically non- linear.
If I am aiming towards an art career that includes supporting myself, I will want to make enough money to pay the bills. Let’s say after careful consideration of what I need to live on, I decide my specific goal is to sell ten paintings in one year. Selling art requires producing art that the public wants to buy. The quality is of importance. My “intention” is to demonstrate excellence in painting skills, content, use of color and technique. The “goal” may be a product, but the “intention” is to explore and grow artistically.
“Goal” setting coupled with “intention” is about moving toward becoming more of what you want yourself to be. It is a series of actions that includes learning and expanding. It is not just about awards or recognition, or stopping once a goal is met. It includes discovery, making mistakes, and trusting in the ability to move on after a mistake. By demonstrating patience and compassion during this process we acknowledge our strengths as well as our personal limitations. In addition, being able to choose areas of interest that will be the most beneficial for growth creates room for ease and joy. Time becomes a friend rather than an enemy. Competition becomes less of a struggle and more as a move towards excellence.
I work towards what is important to me. What makes my life better and my art richer? It is a journey with “intention” supporting my “goals.”
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