Samuel Johnson is responsible for the iconomic phrase, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Why would he say that? Isn't it a positive thing to want to do good? To have a desire to help others. The answer is yes. Having a heart to help people and add value to them makes you a better person. But if you don't act on it, in an intentional way, it won't make a difference.
In the movie, Pay It Forward, teacher Eugene Simone challenges his class to go out and make a difference in the lives of others. "Think of an idea to change our world, then put it into action," he tells his students. Why? Because he knows that most people, even they have the desire to do something that matters, don't intentionally start building the bridge between knowing and doing. They wait. As a result, they never span the gap. And as a result, they never experience impact.
When I look back on my journey, I realize it began more with good intentions than actual impact. I had a desire to help people, but I fell far short of impact I generally craved. Early in my life, my intentions were inconsistent with my behavior. I had a lot of great ideas, but they weren't backed up with actions.
Impact only started to become a part of my life when I became consciously aware of the need to take action, and follow through every single day.
There are so many ways to make a difference. As many ways as there are people on this earth. Everyone is unique, with different personalities, skills, talents, opportunities, causes and callings. And we've created some great resources to help you figure those things out. But there is only one certain path for you to achieve impact: that requires intentional action.
You want to live a life that matters. You desire impact. That's good. But the next question is... how?
With intentional action. Intentional action leads to a life that brings you daily satisfaction and continual rewards for merely working to make a difference, big or small, in the lives of others. Intentional Action is the bridge that will lead you to a life that matters.
Good intentions won't get you there. Intentional action will.
Turn your intentions into action.