Intention Clarity

Day 122 Week 18 Q2 Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Some successes are accidental, but most are a result of personal clarity of intention. With infinite ways to get from one milestone to another, it’s impossible to lay out every step and path. Doing so would make life mundane and predefined, lacking the discovery that makes it truly outstanding. 

Life is exciting when you figure out what to do, adapt, cope, and innovate. It’s more developmental to discover you were wrong and have to adjust than to find you knew everything all along. Living in the present moment with clear intentions allows you to experience life’s delights while staying oriented toward your goals, even if you don’t know precisely how you’ll achieve them.

However, living solely in a model of reality, detached from the present, means you’re not living in reality itself. Conversely, if you overspecify your intentions, you remove the degrees of freedom that make the path meaningful. Having no intentions at all makes it difficult to determine success.

Crucially, creating meaning for oneself, or MeaningPlace, is vital. Deriving significance from pursuits you choose imbues life with a purpose beyond happenstance. Some find meaning in relationships, creativity, achievement, or spiritual exploration. Without proactively cultivating MeaningPlace through intentions aligned with your core values, life can lack substance.

Some live contentedly without clear goals, while others achieve intentions only to discover they aren’t truly desired. The balanced approach harmonizes MeaningPlace with pragmatism: Hypothesize a worthy direction that creates meaning, validate it, then embark – maintaining intentional clarity while allowing for adaptation. This cultivates a life of profound significance and discovery.

This is not just about setting goals; it is about finding an identity that suits you. If you attempt to set the goals and pursue them before you have clarity about your identity, you may achieve the goals and never find out who you are or do you want to be. On the other hand, if you define a desired identity first and then head down a path of actions that are consistent with that identity once you have traversed some distance, it will be possible to define useful, realistic, and meaningful goals.

The clarity of intention is not the clarity of goals that you set; it is the clarity of who you are and what you have to do to find meaning in your life or, more accurately, to create meaning in your life. When you do this, you will be living in a MeaningPlace.