A mindful approach occurs when your focus remains more on the present than the past or future. Intention combined with detachment leads to life-centred, present-moment awareness.
Awareness of the present
And when action is performed in present-moment awareness, it is most effective.
Intent for the future
As long as your attention is in the present, then your intent for the future will manifest, because the future is created in the present. You must accept the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future.