For example, if I were to go out and play basketball with the intention that I will become stronger and will do good with my strength I will accumulate reward for playing. For the same event I could also go with the intention to increase my brotherly bond with the people I am playing with and this would also be an intention that would grant me reward. The same thing done with no intention will reap me no reward.
Such a task that would in no way seem religious can become a means of salvation for a Muslim because we do not know which deed of ours will lead us to paradise. Therefore, we should make good intention for the sake of Allah with every deed we do no matter what it is.
What is beautiful is that one attains reward the moment a good intention is made. What is even greater is that one still receives reward even if the action is not carried through. The same is not applied to when a bad intention is made; one only acquires sin when the sinful action is committed.
So, don’t wait or hesitate let the good intentions begin!
*Reward here is reward with Allah (God).