June 17, 2008.
"Control your destiny or somebody else will."
Many people relegate their fate to outside forces, choosing to allow chance and circumstance to dictate what they will or won't have in life. Rather than taking charge of where they are and where they're headed, they simply allow the chips to fall wherever they may.
Refusing to accept an iota of responsibility for their lot in life, they foolishly place their fate in the hands of everyone but theirs. Not surprisingly, they also lose control of their lives. Much like a ship without a rudder, these folks aimlessly muddle around in mediocrity; never going very far, never accomplishing much of anything at all.
That's not the way we're supposed to live life.
"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul."
William Ernest Henley
God designed each of us to be winners, to become the ultimate masters of our own fate. We were graced with everything we require; everything we need to take us anywhere we really want to go. We were destined to win right from the start, truly blessed by God's hands.
Yet far too often we fritter our lives away, easily surrendering to life's potpourri of problems. Rather than fighting back when things get rough, we give in. Instead of powering through the obstacles placed in our paths, we give out. Then, before we know it, we finally give up; allowing our past mistakes and bad decisions to permanently derail our futures.
We need to remember, particularly in life's most trying of moments, that we have been programmed for success by our Creator. We have everything we need inside. We've just got to find the strength to turn it loose. Rather than allowing past misfortune to strangle our future, we need to unleash the immeasurable potential we hold within.
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
We have all made mistakes and bad decisions in the past; a bunch of them as a matter of fact. And it's easy to find fault and punch holes in many of the choices we've previously made. But all those things we wished we wouldn't have done have absolutely nothing to do with where we're going - unless we allow them that chance.
Where we go from here is left entirely up to us. We can choose to seize control of our lives and chart our own course in history, leaving our past behind. Way, way, way behind. Or we can surrender control to others, resigning ourselves to a life of doing without.
"We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance."
Something bigger and better than we have ever imagined is waiting somewhere out in the distance. A life that's much more fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable than we have ever dreamed possible lays just ahead, just beyond the horizon. But it's not going to come to us; we must go out there and discover it ourselves.
Instead of looking at what we have, we need to focus on what we can achieve. Rather than looking at where we are right now, we should zero in on where we're going. And we need to get busy creating our own fate.
Each of us has something unique to offer, something that not one single person on earth can replicate. It's up to us to find it and then share it with the rest of the world. We need to follow our hearts, pursue our dreams and strive to make our lives the exciting action packed adventures they deserve to be.
Destiny is calling. We need to answer that call.
The Bottom Line: Make absolutely certain that you and you alone determine your destiny.
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