For me, the main reason for the course of the events that we want or prefer to avoid, is less related with actions we develop and more with our real intentions. Clearly is not the same hurting somebody intentionally than without knowing, the intention generates a lot of bad feelings, bad thinking, and for sure even without success the harm will be done, but to ourselves. We can lie to everybody else, but we can not lie to ourselves. When we do something, we can do all the planning, actions, and even effort, but without the real good intention, our body, our mind, our energy won’t be pushing for the same outcome.
But for sure, good intentions without any action won’t take us anywhere either.