Apollo: (Talking to Rocky Balboa) “Maybe you think you’re changing but you can’t change what you really are and you can forget all this money and stuff you got all around you man cause it don’t change a thing you and me we don’t even have a choice see we’re born with a killer instinct that you can’t just turn off and on like some radio we have to be right in the middle of the action because we’re the warriors and without some challenge without some damn war to fight then the warrior may as well be dead Stallion.”
Who hasn’t heard of the epic movie “Rocky Balboa”? One of the best and all-time favorite movies. It’s a story about determination, resilience, and the human spirit. And today, I am going to use the examples of it to talk about a two-step verification process of intent.
Rocky Balboa was a boxing professional. He was good at what he did and he fought well against his opponents. But a time comes in the course of the movie when he has to fight his greatest rival – Captain Ivan Drago, a powerfully trained Soviet fighter.
During his struggles, Rocky has to face his fears of defeating a strong opponent. His ideals are questioned, his motivation, his intent, and even his physical strength. But all of these put together is what leads him to victory.
Rocky: “Because if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you?”
What is Intent? It is an individual’s aim, purpose, and underlying motivation behind a particular action.
What is the importance of intent? This six-lettered word is a powerful tool that drives you to your goals.
Rocky had to defeat Ivan but were his muscles enough? Part of why Rocky’s zeal was feared by the board panel at the boxing sports federation was not because Rocky was a good fighter. It was because even after beating, punching, and boxing him down countless times, the man still got up to fight back. Now, that’s not only a winner but a relentless fighter who refuses to back down until he wins.
Why was Rocky so determined? What propelled his determination? How did he stay determined throughout the fight? More than his muscle, his muscular intent.
It’s our intention. Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it. Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.
But is an intention enough? Many great philosophers have downplayed the role of intentions, saying that deeds are better than simply having intent. Why so? If intent is so important then why are they also treated so trivially?
Mickey Goldmill: “Why don’t you stand up and fight this guy hard, like you’ve done before? But, don’t lie down in front of them like this. I don’t want to get mad in a biblical place like this but I think you’re a hell of a lot more than that kid, a hell of a lot!”
Mickey Goldmill was Rocky’s mentor. He played a huge role in fueling Rocky’s intent. And yet, many times, people downgrade the power of intent. You see, it’s not enough to simply have intent, you must nourish it as well.
John Burroughs once said that the smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. Also, Peter Drucker said that plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Why did they believe that simply having an intention is not enough? Because it is not enough to just have an intention. Intensifying your journey will help you make sure that your journey toward your goals is not short-lived.
So, whatever your intentions, allow them to undergo a two-step verification process. Technically defined, this process refers to a security process to verify one’s identity. Similarly, in this situation, we use the two-step verification process to verify your intentions and then work toward boosting their limitless power.
Step 1 – Identify the Intention
Step 2 – Intensify the Intention
It is important to identify what your intentions are in any situation. This could involve your career or your personal life. Identifying your intent is the first step toward mapping out the direction toward achieving your goal. If you don’t identify your intentions, you are likely to adopt the wrong purpose, and this can lead to a catastrophic end of what could have been a beautiful journey to becoming a legend.
“The creation of your legacy must begin by identifying your intentions.”
Once this is done, you must learn how to intensify them, which brings me to step 2 of the two-step verification process of your intentions.
This is the only way you can achieve fulfillment of your goals. It’s the same with #CareerGoals. If you choose a specific career, you must know why you want to pursue it. Simply, wanting to do something may not get you to achieve your goals but it is your intent that matters and how badly you want it.
But how do you intensify your intentions? What is the secret to fueling your purpose?
At Krescon Coaches, we offer the right coaching to help you understand and learn deeply about yourself. Who you are, what you are, your purpose in life, your Spiritual Quotient, your FIT scale, and your intent.
Many people have yet to experience the adventure of recognizing their intentions. Those who don’t have the fortunate chance of it are likely to experience loss of all kinds. It’s like this poem written by Elizabeth Bishop where she talks about losing.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.
I lost my mother’s watch. And look! My last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.
I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.
—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.