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Step One: Understand Your Intentions6

The first reason people have a gap is that their intentions weren’t very clear to begin with. If you aren’t even sure what you intended to do, how could you possibly stick with it?

So many dreams die because they were never more than fantasies. If you want to have any chance of improving your life, it needs to start with being clear about what you intend to do, even if you’re still imperfect about following through on those plans.

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Step Two: Understand Yourself

The next step is harder. It’s not enough to set goals, intentions or plans. You need to understand who is the person that will be acting on them.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why did your goals fail in the past? What obstacles will get in the way and how can you work around them?...

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The Action-Intention Gap

The Action-Intention Gap

Sometimes you do everything right—you make a plan, put in effort exactly how you intended to, and things still don’t work out. That can hurt, but most of the time, this isn’t the case.

This is what I call the action-intention gap. It is the difference between how we would intend to do thing...

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Step Three: Align Your Intentions

Your end-goal has two parts. The first part, is that your intentions, if followed, should get you where you need to go. If you’re trying to launch a company, learn a language, graduate from college or lose weight, the plan you set has to at least have a decent chance of working out.

The sec...

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How to Close Your Action-Intention Gap

Closing this gap isn’t easy, but there is a fairly straight-forward process. It has three steps.

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  1. If you want to have a chance of improving your life, you need to clear about what you intend to do.
  2. Align your intentions with the kind of things you can actually do. 
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