Usually ‘with intent’ has a negative connotation. For example, ‘with intent to distribute’…(or any of the below…)
It means that there is a purpose behind specific actions that someone takes, and that individual is aware that their actions will most likely cause a certain outcome, making them responsible for that outcome.
What it brings to mind for me is how my 6-year-old son behaves in a way that shows intent to annoy his 3 year old sister. I will often share my disappointment when he upsets her on purpose just to get her to react.
But it works both ways, because intent can be positive, and that is my hope for 2023. To be intentional with my actions – the more specific the better, in areas where my life isn’t going how I would like.
What makes intent positive or negative are the words that come after ‘with intent’. ‘With intent’, to what?
So, my theme for 2023 is to live ‘with intent’. Intent to:
- Be generous with specific amounts, organisations and people
- Learn specific things
- Improve specific parts of my finances
- Spend time doing specific things which strengthen my body and mind
- Spend time with specific people (and to find some more of these specific people)
(I do have these specific things, organisations and people articulated, in case you were wondering. This is just an overview.)
2023 is going to be my year of intent, to live knowing that my actions will most likely cause a certain outcome and that I am responsible for that outcome.
Where could you use some positive intent?