Goals vs. Intentions


The Question

What is the difference between a goal and an intention?

Why it Matters

Goals are about doing, and most often involve a sequence, timeline, and future point of completion. Intentions are about being, and involve a continuous aspect of consciousness that is always happening in the now. Goals are easier to set than intentions, but we often fail in the end. Intentions are harder to set than goals, but it’s impossible to fail—although the clarity and intensity of the intention is infinitely extensible.



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