Have you ever noticed that it is easy to judge other people by their actions but judge ourselves by our intentions.
For example, if my neighbor didn’t return my tool he borrowed a year ago, I will probably think he didn’t care much about honoring me. But if I forgot to pay him back $5 that I owed him, I might let myself off because I was “planning on doing it,” but never got around to it.
It is extremely easy to become increasingly unaware of ourselves because we have good intentions on a subject but lack good follow through.
For over a year, I talked about mentoring certain staff members. Although I intended to do it, I had to cancel meetings over and over again for pressing issues. Without knowing it, I clearly communicated to them that they were not a priority. Because I “intended” to spend time with them, I thought they would understand.
We have to remember that others don’t know our intentions. Actions tell the real truth.