Intentionality is the key to freelance writing success. In fact, it’s the key to many good things in life.
That sounds like a bold and perhaps woo-woo statement, doesn’t it? But I believe it to be true for me and for anyone who wants to have a successful freelance writing business. Or, come to think about it, wants to get anything done well.
What is intentionality?
I like this definition which comes up when I plugged intentionality into ‘the google’:
the fact of being deliberate or purposive (or purposeful)
It then goes on to note that in philosophy intentionality means:
the quality of mental states (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) that consists in their being directed toward some object or state of affairs.
In other words, intentionality actually speaks about how strong, or clear, or not, our mental state is when we set a goal or decide to do something. It has a great deal to do with how effectively we work at whatever we want to get done.
Cats are models of intentionality
Cats are great models of intentionality. When they hunt, their whole being hunts. If they lose that prey, they focus their intention on another target. While they may walk away without catching anything this time, they walk away knowing they are hunters. It’s clear to them that they will catch something soon. They totally know that they are predators.
This is true for my indoor cats, as much as it is for an outdoor cat. [click to continue…]