Why Intentions Matter

Why Intentions Matter | Lemon and the Sea: You need to stop setting goals and start setting intentions. Intentions help you lead the life you want and allow you to be flexible in what your pursue. Your success is not determined by the numbers, but by the way you do things.

Are you really satisfied with your life?

I'm going to be honest with you here. I wasn't satisfied with the life that I was living until recently. Looking back, I can see clearly that although I was blessed and generally happy, I was trying to find satisfaction in reaching arbitrary goals. I was working a job that provided an income, but didn't fill me with creativity. It wasn't until I left that job and had to figure out how to make it on my own that I found that I was satisfied with the work I was doing.

The key here is that I was no longer working to meet someone else's expectations. I didn't have to fit my schedule to that of the office. I was able to pick which task I wanted to do and then pour myself into it without distraction until I was ready to move on. I was developing an intention behind my decisions instead of just working for the sake of being busy.

If you work in an office, it can be difficult not to get caught up in the mindset of being busy for the sake of being busy. After all, your boss is paying you to work while you're there. It doesn't look good if you're sitting around twiddling your thumbs, even if you've already completed your work. I've been there. I've spent hours trying to occupy my work time with relevant (ish) internet searched because I had completed my work but still had to be in the office. At times it seemed that being present was more important than actually accomplishing anything.

If you've been there, you know how draining it can be. And it's very hard to be satisfied with the work you're doing if you're only doing it because you have to.

Intentions guide the work and the reason behind it.

Working for myself, I've discovered something that surprised me. I love working. I can sit at my desk all day working on my business once I hit my flow. I'm not working because I have to get something done or because I have to look busy, I'm doing it because I'm striving toward something greater.

My intentions for my business is to pursue creativity and encourage those in my sphere of influence. Yes, I want to make money and build a following, but I'm really just working toward these two things. If I write a months worth of posts and only gain two email subscribers, I might be disappointed, but I'm still satisfied with the work because I was able to be creative and I encourage others along the way. Even if only one person lets me know that they liked something I wrote, I have still succeeded and can look back on all the work with pride.

You have to create your own intentions for your work - whether you are an employee or you run your own business - and then use them to guide your decisions (for more information, check out these posts). Once you know what's important to you, it's much easier to pick a path that will make you proud to have walked.

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