That's what it is, or maybe good intentions with too much of the bark of stubborn human selfhood left on. There is firm footing, we are told, straight through the Slough of Despond for those who keep their eyes fixed on the little wicket gate at the far side. Still, there are those of us who are determined "to choose and see my path" (Hymn #169) or kick against the pricks even if it means wasted years wallowing in and playing patty-cake with the muck. Our materially-minded best efforts are unlikely to suffice--now or ever. In humility we must let that "kindly Light" daily lead us on.
Intention oft wishes to be mistaken for realization, but as that old saying goes "There is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip" (Palladas). Should the above tableau resonate with any reader, or even some recalcitrant amanuensis somewhere, it simply cannot be allowed to continue. High-minded desires and self-satisfying musings, if indulged, will, at best, only lead us down the primrose path.
"Only by persistent, unremitting, straight-forward toil; by turning neither to the right nor to the left, seeking no other pursuit or pleasure than that which cometh from God, can you win and wear the crown of the faithful." (Mis 340: 6-10)