“Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful exertion of energy and the confusion between movement and progress.”
Movement for the sake of movement has its own benefits. But it generally won’t get you anywhere. Just showing up may be all you can do at times, and it’s something. But to operate that way regularly will leave you on a plateau, and not one you want to stay on.
It’s easy to fall into patterns and routine. Patterns are simple. Routine is easy. And easy is attractive. However, if you have goals, you’ll eventually realize that patterns and routine won’t get you there. They might help, if utilized properly, but on their own? Never.
One of the most powerful tools at your disposal is intention. Why are you showing up? What’s the end goal? How will what you are doing help get you there? If it won’t help, what can you do different? If you don’t know, what resources can you tap into to find out?
Having the presence of mind to ask yourself those questions every time you set out to work toward something will help keep you on track to work toward that thing. It turns unconscious, wasteful movement into intent and progress. Intention takes you beyond spinning your wheels; and though it makes the work more challenging, you’ll find more purpose in it. It’s all just work anyway.
So do the work.
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