What do you think of when you hear the word INTENT? What initially comes to your mind? For me, for whatever reason, I think of passion. There seems to be a difference in just doing something to do it, and doing something with intent. When there is intent behind it, there is more of a drive; a true desire to complete the task. Right? I decided to Google the definition of the word INTENT and these were some of the answers I got from the world wide web:
(1) firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed, as the eyes or mind; (2) having the attention sharply focused or fixed on something; (3) determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal; (4) earnest; intense.
I love the first one.
Those words "firmly and steadfastly fixed" really aroused my heart. Think about it. The words FIRMLY and STEADFASTLY can be defined by using terms such as 'strength,' 'power,' & with a 'firm, unwavering manner." So now when you hear the word INTENT...what are you thinking? We would be proud to say that we did our day job with intent. That we worked with intent when reaching for our goals. That we are intent people. Right? Yes, this is all true. But shouldn't I chase my maker with the same intent I chase my dreams. My dreams, that at the end of the day, make me feel good, but shouldn't complete me. They might make me successful, but they don't forgive my mistakes. They don't love me unconditionally. So again, I feel as though I should chase Him with an intent that is so firm and unwavering that it pours out into my day-to-day routine. Right?
With the beginning of the new year, I am hoping to re-direct my intent. Make sure the things I am trying to accomplish, not only better my brand, but better ME. I want people to look at me and see my drive and my unwavering dedication...but I want it to be on the right things.
I wont lie to you, I am SO GUILTY of wanting the perfect aesthetic, or look for the blog. I spend countless hours planning my Instagram feed, or the next content I want to shoot, but how am I bettering my reader? Other than giving them a new outfit to shop, or look to create, how I am investing in them as a person?
So this leads me to my personal growth. What am I doing to feed my heart? If I put the same intent into bettering myself as I do my Instagram feed, I would be one heck of a person. And that is crazy to think about, but it is true. So, I am just being honest. Please don't get me wrong, the drive and intent I have to build my business is great. When I come up with an idea, my motor is running and the intent to bring that idea to life is REAL. But with this new year, I want to take that intention I have in bringing my dreams a reality, and implement it into my personal growth. At the end of the day, my brand and my business can be booming, but I want my heart to be full of the right things. In the right place. And serving the right people. I need to love Him with MORE intent than I do my brand. I need to intentionally seek Him when I am weak. Not the feed. I should be seeking Him with such intent, that at the end of the day, the rest of it works because He allows it. It is not about me. It is about Him. So with all of that being said, with the new year comes new INTENT...and boy am I ready.
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