Are good intentions a waste of time?
I don't think so.
For me, thinking about doing something is the first step. I walk all around it in my head like a new dance step. It might take several turns on the dance floor to make the right moves, so in my head a smooth move is the result of the mental practice.
Trying something new takes courage. Making positive changes can be "ouchy". Uncomfortable.
Stepping out of the comfort zone is taking the first step. Sometimes it is a new adventure. Occasionally taking that first step leads to amazing growth and wellness. It all began with a thought, then became a good intention that morphed into a healthy change.
Drawing found on Google.