Declare Your Intentions First, Then Build Your Goals On Top of Them
Goals are an easy thing to come up with, and they're even easier to screw up. Before you try to plan your long-term goals, narrow down your intentions, first.
As business blog Inc. points out, there's a distinct difference between goals and intentions. Goals are something you hope to achieve, but may fall short of. Intentions are something you plan to do, regardless of the outcome. Your goal may be to get a 4.0 GPA (which you may or may not fall short of!), but you intend to go to college either way. By building on your intentions first, you set the path in your mind. Goals are then just milestones on that path:
Intention is a way of thinking. It leaves no room for a failed outcome. No matter what, the intention will manifest. The one word you may want to remove from your thinking and your speaking with regards to desired outcomes is "hope."
"I hope to grow my business by 100 percent" is very different than "I intend to grow my business by 100 percent." When pursuing an outcome, ensure you have every intention of bringing it to fruition. Leave no room in your mind for the possibility of it not happening.
Intentions can also be broader than goals, which should be specific
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