Intent Versus Impact

Intent Versus Impact

Do you have positive intentions, but the impact tends to be negative?

By Chardonnay Beaver



Influential Speaker, Storyteller, Creator of WOWbyChar, and University of Washington Student.

In recent years, the concept of intent vs. impact was coined in activism. However, this concept applies to all sectors of life. Oftentimes we pursue experiences with the best intentions, like: resolving conflict. In other words, our intentions are to pursue the best outcome. However, what happens when our execution does not align with our intentions. You intended to resolve a conflict with your best friend, but what you thought you said was not what they heard.

In short, our actions impact those around us. In the words of Maya Angelou, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. How we make people feel is invaluable. Although one's intentions are good, it’s important to evaluate their execution. When our plans are poorly executed, unintentionally, we must take accountability for our actions.

Words of Wisdom of the week: We are not in control of others' response to our behavior. Although your intentions may be well, be sure to evaluate your execution. In short, are your impacts aligned with your intentions?