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Details vs. Intentions - Don't Confuse the Two

Poi Fire, by playpoi

As a website designer, we often work with clients who have ideas about what they want to do with their site, but who may want some additional help in "clarifying" what a functional specifications list may look like, or what may be a good redesign, or what are some good ideas to make the site work better.

I've realized over the last few years that setting the intention first is an excellent step. Details can come later and are related to the size, positioning, color, font, image choice, and others. But a plethora of details can't take the place of a good, solid, old-fashioned intention for what someone wants to do with their website.

You can think about this in your own life. What do you want? Not just in terms of the details like how much money you're earning or have saved, your possessions, the kinds of activities you take on, where you live, and other mundane details.

I'm talking about your intentions. Why are you here? When you first manifested on the planet, you had a particular task to fulfill... what was that task? If you're still alive, you know you haven't yet completed that intention and thus, there's still work to be done! 

I encourage you to look at your life as you would review a new project or upcoming campaign:

First, determine the overall vision for the endeavor. What is your life purpose or your mission statement? Develop a one-line or two-line statement of why you are here.

Second, consider the deliverables or "project milestones" that you're hoping to accomplish. These might be things like life goals or visionboard ideas, places you want to work or travel, books/plays/poems you want to write, music you want to compose or perform, people you want to meet, etc.

Third, flesh out the details. The more you can envision something, in great detail, the better chance it has of becoming a reality. Manifestation requires energy and sacrifice, so your choice to move forward with Option A will require that you pay a "toll" that also removes you from Option B (at least for the near future). Want to move to Los Angeles or Chicago? If so, you probably have to stop looking for work in New York or Philly. Want to be a musician? If so, you'll have to commit to practicing, rehearsing, connecting and networking with other musicians, and weaning yourself off other jobs. Want to save a nest egg? If so, you'll have to stop spending so much on non-necessary items, or you'll have to get part-time job or another profession where you earn more.

Fourth, monitor your milestones. Did you achieve a new job? Celebrate. Did you reach the completion of one of your goals? Mark it down. Did you have an anniversary? Congratulations. Make sure to physically and emotionally realize when you reach one of the milestones you had set for yourself.

Fifth, find accountability partners. Other people are committed to realizing their dreams just like you. Find them - reduce your time spent with people who don't help you or support your ideas, and instead find deep support from mutually committed friends and allies. 

Sixth, review and repeat. Perhaps you are holding onto a "to-do" item on your goals list that has far outlived its necessity or relevance in your life. Perhaps you accomplished what you originally intended to do, but in a completely roundabout way that you didn't expect (this it the mysteriousness of Life). Whatever it is, you have an opportunity to remake your list and to re-envision your life on a regular basis. 

As long as your intentions are clear and pure, the details of how things come to happen can be changed up, mixed around, or a little bit chaotic. However, when you keep your eyes on the prize of your specific intention, and you celebrate the milestone when you achieve it, it becomes easier and easier to go over, under, around, and through the obstacles.

 

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