What Do We Mean When We Say, "You're Responsible for Your Intentions?"

4 min readJun 8, 2022

You have to answer for your intentions — not anyone else's.

Take Responsibility for your intentions and know your Why
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Here on this platform, we have access to so much inspiration. So much to read, discuss, and write.

Many of your thoughtful stories on personal development, self-growth, life, life lessons, and self-awareness inspired me.

Your empowering words have stuck with me and have prompted me to ask the question,

What do we mean when we say, “You’re responsible for your intentions?”

You've heard this question if you are on any self-awareness, personal development, or self-growth journey. Some may phrase it differently, but the context is the same.

What Are Intentions?

From a view of personal development, intentions are both long-term and short-term plans. A long-term intention may be a year or a lifetime, while a short-term intention may be a few hours or a day.

Furthermore, intentions may be emotional, according to Sara Weand, L.P.C., licensed dialectical behavior therapy therapist and counselor who emphasizes,

“Intentions involve the emotions you hope and intend to feel about a particular thing or situation in the future. When you set an intention, it provides accountability and allows you to take control of your personal choices and life. It’s about being proactive in your own life, by purposely choosing how you want to live it.”

When we set intentions, we are deliberate about what we create. And with wisdom and understanding, we know we must be clear about what we want and what our intentions emit into our world, our life.

Hence, owning this responsibility is an element of personal power and a confirmation that we are living on purpose (I know what I said).

Yes, we are living on purpose. Our purpose is to live. And yet, when we are deliberate about what we create in the "now" — our present moment, we live on purpose.

Intention is also in the attitude.

I've had those times when I was going through the motions. I wasn't clear about what I wanted…


Writer, Poet, Storyteller, & Scholar. Co-founder of http://bluelotusliving.com. BA in Speech Communication. Former ghostwriter who came back to life.