Why Intentionality Is Key To Success

A life devoid of intentionality hinders success.

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We are a collection of beings whose unique qualities contribute distinct rays of light into the dark crevices of this planet we all share. By virtue of this uniqueness we, in an ideal and non-conformist world, define success by a metric which is idiosyncratically our own. Yet by the nature of our proximity to other unique beings this idyllic view of success falls apart. It becomes imperative then, that daily we strive to live with an urgent intentionality.

But what does this intentionality entail? And why must it be a requisite component of living a life marked by success? Well, before we delve into answering these questions, it is important to note that success is rightly complex. To disservice its attainment by distilling the essential actions and qualities it requires into one component would be fallaciously misleading. With that being said there are components of success that we must absolutely live by to lay the groundwork by which its attainment will even be possible. Living a life of intentionality is one of those components.

To be intentional is to live with purpose.

This purpose, which we make our calling creed, must be a viscerally evocative task, the magnificence of which only we can rationalize. Often the greatest barrier to living with intentionality is not simply defining our purpose, but having the courage to live outside the bounds of conformity. We ironically allow an amalgam of other unique beings to define our worth, rather than giving greater weight to our own opinions. Henry David Thoreau once remarked:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Yet so many of us walk deafly into the abyss of conformed dreams. We dance awkwardly off beat to an indistinct cacophony of tunes whose composition rings sadly of dreams deferred. Like moths drawn to a light, we find comfort in mass consciousness, avoiding the risks of unique intentionality. In this short life we all live, living consciously cannot be a sufficient means of success. The moth may fly consciously around the light, but what fears hinder it from breaking popular action?

It would be insensitive to make the assumption that we are not conscious of the components of life that are uniquely essential for us. But to know and to act upon such knowledge are entirely different phenomena. To live only in thought, is to exist solely in theory. Success and its attainment cannot be solely theoretical. So though we may be conscious of what we must do to succeed, if we allow our fears of being intentional and unique to prevent us from deviating from the crowd, the success we chase will never satiate our innermost idiosyncrasies.

Live with urgent intentionality. Allow not, your pursuits to be tainted with conformity.

To live with unique intentionality is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet, neither is success. To put ourselves on the path of meaningful attainment requires that we have the courage to never settle for less than we are . Walk not, like the masses, timidly towards the light, but distinctly towards the drummer, whose tune matches that which beats within you.

“A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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