Yeah, ever stop and ask yourself that? Exactly what’s my intention here?
Because lemme tell ya, there was a time where asking myself that question could’ve saved me oceans of pain and struggling.
It’s no secret that my life used to be kind of a mess. I’ve spent years basically jerking around — on both major and minor scales — only to discover things that don’t exactly serve me well.
Not once did I dare to ask myself that question, What’s my intention with this?
And I use the word ‘dare’ deliberately. Because deep down, I knew there was this part of me that needed to hear an answer. Because basically I needed a purpose.
But that part of me was scared, man. Scared of hearing the truth, and scared of change.
So I did my best to treat that pesky question like a distraction, and drowned it in what later turned out to be the real distractions — galore.
The question works on many levels:
Am I out to find flaws here, or am I rather seeking to understand?
Will doing this thing provide me with long-term value, or simply instant gratification?
Am I striving to be the best possible version of myself at all times, or am I settling for something around level ‘acceptable’?
If you keep asking about your deeper intention for every answer you get, they all point towards nothing less than your intention in life itself.
*** SPOILER ***
And waddya know: It’s all about feeling good.
That’s right: Whatever we do, we do it because there are benefits to it. Even if only perceived ones. And even if we undertake strenuous tasks. It’s all about feeling good at the end.
Or, in the case of yours truly anno 2009, feeling good right away.
Because confidence and self-awareness tend to go hand in hand, I’ll safely go all-in and submit that there’s a tendency among people with higher levels of confidence to continually ask themselves what their intentions are in what they’re doing.
And I think it’s fair to say that it’s something we could all benefit from, and that we should all be doing.
Go ahead. Ask yourself, What’s my intention here? Where am I going with this?
While the answer, of course, is ultimately about feeling good, you’ll ideally get some more focus and direction in your life.
Let me know how it works out!