I found this quote to be very thought provoking.
“…When a man decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he was doing it, and then he must proceed without doubts or remorse about them.” -Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan, pp 61
When you decide to do something, you must try your utmost and shine. Shining is a factor here, for it shows the difference between imposing your will on others and self-discipline. Ours is not the job to mold the world to our conceptions but to flow with Power. Every step of the way we can choose to stop, or pause, or begin anew in a spirit of doing our personal best, which may vary day by day just as it does man by man. If he should fail in his endeavor, he will know he gave it his best.
Knowing why you are doing something may take some self-reflection. Knowing why you’re acting is key to ensuring you understand your personal motivations, even if that comes from a place of being broken. Seeking healing and wellness is a good intent, and we may act out thinking our behavior is for the best, only to find that we are defeated in our goals, which only serves to underscore the point that we must act for Spirit and Spirit alone. When acting for Spirit, the goal is not to act impulsively but with deliberation and clarity.