Outstanding little blogpost here from a guy named "Simple Tom". Basically, what he is saying, is "Change is hard. If you want to change, first you have to change your intention." That seems like a "duh" until you break it down. For example, many people just say "I want to lose 30lbs." Or, "I want to save $15,000 this year.". But, they have trouble articulating what that actually means to them. To change your intention, your actions have to be informed with two things:
1) What dies success look like? Steven Covey, (RIP) always said, "begin with the end in mind." Another great phrase is "Visualize success." If the goal is to simply have 30 lbs less mass on your bones, or $15000 more in your bank account by the end of the year, then you likely won't get there. Versus if your goal is "because that will make me live longer" or "that will help me avoid a heart attack" or "that will make a big jump in my retirement planning", you will do better.
2). Ask yourself, "Why do I want to do this?" That is different than the goal. This is the key to unlocking your intention. Doing something without an articulation of "why is this important?" ensures failure. Doing something with an understanding and clearly formed view of Why will drive your success.
Take five minutes and read Tom's post and watch the videos. It is outstanding,