Intent is a tricky thing. It is not simply feeling desire, or wishing for something. It is not visualizing a desired situation or outcome. It is not even planning how to achieve that outcome nor taking the steps to enact the plan.
Intent is a decision, a choice. It is a commitment that " This shall come to pass.” It is accepting the unknown and unseen consequences. It is knowing that no matter how one may have imagined the outcome, it may (and probably will) be different from what was imagined.
Intent is a strange brew of desire, will, faith, and purpose. It is setting your feet upon a path and seeing it through no matter that you cannot see beyond the first steps. It is taking each step knowing that it will never be under your control.
Wishing and day-dreaming and planning are nothing without intent. And without intent, no magick will ever become manifest.