Last week I wrote a post on identity and having an understanding of who you are. Having that understanding is crucial in life, but it is also helpful to understand your destiny. We are in a unique position as humans in that we the ability to discover our destiny. Question: if each person has a destiny, do you think destiny is defined by us or is it discovered? [click to tweet]
If each person has a destiny then that implies there is a destination. A great way to sabotage your dream is to live life without a clear sense of direction. I love the saying “If you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there.” When I travel I like to know where I am going, and if I’m on a plane the pilot better know where he is going! Living life without a clear sense of direction is a great way to end up frustrated and lost. When you know where you are going you are more likely to end up at the right place, duh! Do you know where your “place” is?
Before the days of Google Maps and GPS I stayed lost, even in my hometown. I am very directionally challenged, and I refused to ask for directions. I guess I thought if I spent enough time driving around then magically the right road would appear out of nowhere (such a male trait). What I found out was being lost is a big waste of time. How much time did I spend driving around not knowing where I was going when I could have already been where I needed to be. How much time have I spent lost in life because I did not understand my destiny? You can take control of your days by understanding your destiny. Destiny gives you clarity for direction. Without destiny you may end up in the wrong town, doing the wrong thing, and having an unfulfilled in life.
Success is not always about a particular place or having certain things, but as John Maxwell has said “you can’t fulfill your purpose and grow toward your potential if you don’t know what direction you should be going.” I love that quote, but as I sit back and think about it I realize that is easier said than done.
Henry Ford said “the whole secret of success is to find out what is one’s destiny, and then do it.” Successful people are people with destiny and have a clear sense of destination. You cannot fulfill your destiny without destination. Finding it out is the hard part.
How do you think destiny can be discovered? I think understanding identity, a marriage between passion and skills, and big dreams is a good place to start. All of these require a lot of strategic thinking. Who are you? What are you good at? What do you love? And what is your dream?
Oliver Wendell Holmes said “the great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.” Do you know what direction you are going? Is it in line with your destiny, if not maybe you need to make a calculated exit and reroute.
So, is destiny defined by you or something you discover?