Outward goals tend to fall into categories such as the desire for wealth, obsession with physical beauty, fame, accrual of possessions and certain relationships. These goals can be fleeting, coming and going due to a variety of factors including our commitment—but also factors like time, illness and choices that others make. Events beyond our control can also impact outward goals. 

In contrast, inner intentions are individual goals. They are focused on desires such as greater peace, balance and maturity in how we approach situations in our lives. They include things like improving our responses, patience, feelings like love toward others and kindness—regardless of the moment or situation. Inner intentions are goals whereby we choose to take full responsibility and exert our influence to achieve a desired outcome. These form the foundation for outward goals and often trigger unanticipated, positive life events that many would otherwise strive for as goals.

Let me use basketball legend Michael Jordan as an example. He is wealthy, embodies peak physical fitness, is a household name and can likely purchase whatever possessions he might desire. However, it was his inner intentions and goals to practice, grow and mature as a basketball player and leader that made him achieve success—and that enabled him to exert his influence on a world of sneaker buyers.

By letting go of expectations associated with outward goals, but holding firm to our inner intentions, life gains wholly new potential. Think carefully about what you choose to make your intentions.

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.