Chloe Morgane - Goals vs Intentions

Goals vs Intentions

What do goals, visualization, and to-do lists have in common?

They all make us work for the end result instead of living and creating from the present moment. It’s not that they’re bad tools, on the contrary, having hopes, dreams, and actionable items in our life are beneficial.

The problem lies in that we are reaching out for our dreams instead of living them.

The reasons you want to achieve a goal always have a deeper sense than just the item on your list. You want to change a behaviour to feel better, change a thought pattern to stop feeling so bad, change a physical aspect of your body to feel sexy again, or take control of your finances to finally be free.

Goals, to-do list, and visualization are statics. By shifting to set out your intentions, you open up to possibilities that you might not have thought of, or even thought existed in the first place.

Wanting that country home may mean you long for peace, freedom, a contact with nature, and a space to welcome family and friends.

Your intention is everything. It sets your life to move you onward to where you want to end up. The clearer your intentions, the closer to your life’s purpose you’ll be.

A goal is reached in the future, it’s focused on the end-result, and our minds are having a hard time doing things now for the future (else everyone would be fit, strong, financially free, etc.). Intentions still consider the future, and the desired out-come, but it can happen right now.

And what happens when you don’t reach your goal? You feel like a failure, and give up. Or you could start using practices that are contrary to the reasons you originally set out that goal.

Good intentions keep you connected to the present moment and your future vision.

When your actions are in harmony with your thoughts, your intentions, and your expectations, you can bring anything you want in the physical world. Your goals should be set with intent.


7 thoughts on “Goals vs Intentions”

  1. Thanks Chloé, much inspiring blast…. but forgive me if your last sentence , I read “Your goals should be sex with intent” Dr Freud I presume ?

  2. Can there be a goal without an underlying intent whether spelled out or not?
    For most people, life is driven by a set of desires morphing into greed which are mostly unmet. Some goals are driven by insecurity and fear of the future. Many will not admit to this unless they are totally honest with themselves. While there are moments of fun, human life is mostly about frustration from unmet desires, past issues with people, and fear of future.

    Most often goals can be set to try to achieve something only to find out that either new desires have cropped up or what was achieved is not all that great at all.

    Living in the moment means total clarity about what life is and an attitude to be totally engaged with the work at hand (which can include planning without sweating about insecurities).

    My intent with this post is not to be pessimistic 🙂

  3. After living a fairly long and productive life, I’ve become familiar with adage “Be careful what you wish for.” I’ve had the country house and the city house (well, in the ‘burbs) at the same time, and it was wonderful for a while. Four cars, lots of possessions (eight guitars at one point) and came to realize that I didn’t own things — things owned me. I had to care for those homes, cars. guitars and a hundred other things. I had to worry about how one house was in a storm when I wasn’t there. I had to pay insurance and registration on a car that I didn’t drive for months at a time.

    I’ve since shed many of these possessions and it has set me… well, not free but “freer.” There comes a time in your life when fewer possessions makes you happier, especially big things like a second home.

  4. Hi Ms. Chloe – Excellent blog (as usual) I feel whatever works is OK. Some folks use short term and long term goals to replace intentions but as long as achievement and progress are being made it works for me. Thanx for your insight.

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