I have been saying that I find it more difficult to start with a specific intent than with a general or open intent. It seems obvious, after writing the words, the latter should be easier, it is shooting at a bigger target.
There is more to it than that. There is a compounding effect. When I try and fail when shooting for a specific target, what I feel is mainly failure. It is not instantaneous. The first try fails, I see what is missing, or needs improvement, it is just an expected step in the development process. But each step starts to feel like failure and that drains my energy and desired to continue.
On the other hand, with an open intent, there are still a lot of failures. But quite often the failure points to one or more new paths to explore. “That is unexpected, but I can work with it.” This builds energy and gets the creative juices flowing.