The Great Gap: From Intention to Completion

It all starts with an intention. But your goal is to reach completion. Between the two (i.e., intention and completion), there’s the Great Gap.

You want to travel overseas. That’s your intention. When you get to your destination, you reach the completion point. But there’s a lot of things that happened between the time you set the intention and the time you reached completion: you had to fill the gap.

How did you fill the gap?


The simple answer: you took action. More specifically, you took a series of actions that led you from your intention to completion:

– you researched plane tickets
– you prepared your luggage
– you paid the fees for the airfare
– you secured a place where you were going to stay
– you drove (or took an Uber ride) to the airport
– you brought your luggage for check-in
– you when through security
– etc.

You took many action steps to fill the gap.

It’s action that propelled you forward and allowed you to travel the distance from your intention to completion. “Action” is the vehicle that takes you from Gate Intention, which is your starting point, to the Gate Completion, which is your destination.


“Action” is the opposite of procrastination. More precisely, intentional action is the opposite of procrastination. Anytime you procrastinate, you delay your journey to completion. The more you procrastinate, the longer it takes for you to reach your destination.

Procrastination keeps you at the starting gate or in limbo, in mid-air, somewhere between intention and completion.


Both action and procrastination are decisions, each with very different outcomes. “Action” is a decision to move forward; procrastination, a decision to stagnate.

At any given moment, you have to decide to act or procrastinate.

The faster you take action, the faster you reach completion.

When you procrastinate you delay your arrival time to the point of completion. And if you procrastinate for too long, you miss your opportunity to ever get to your destination.

Action and procrastination are both trying to convince you to pick them. “Action” might be harder, but it yields the results you want. “Procrastination” is perhaps more appealing, but it delays your results.

Action or procrastination, that is the question. The choice is yours.

In the past, you may have been duped by Procrastination’s appeals more often than you would have liked. But you can now do otherwise and choose “Action.”

You’re responsible for your decisions, and thus, have to live with their consequences.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.