Destiny, determination, desperation

Your destiny is determined by one part determination
and one part desperation

Destiny is a funny thing. Some believe the occurrences that lead up to a certain event are determined by an unseen power called destiny. An example of this is often used in sports: “_____________ is a team of destiny.” Or, “all the power in the universe can’t change destiny.”

I completely disagree. I feel destiny is determined by our efforts. And effort is determined by, what else? Determination. William Shakespeare said: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Our determination is a matter intense belief, a knowledge we are capable of the incapable.

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The other part of this equation is desperation. Anyone desperate enough and wants something bad enough is willing to chase the wind – and come darn close to catching it too!

Let me ask you three questions:

Question 1: Have you ever thought about what it takes to be successful? Chances are you probably have, but it may have been in a limited scope. What I mean by this is it may have been contained to a specific project or goal with an end in mind. But have you really ever applied this question with a bigger purpose? As in the purpose for your life?

Question 2: Have you ever been so determined, your efforts outweighed your expectations? When this happens, your results will exceed your expectations. This is surprisingly rewarding! Determination leads to all kinds of other positive qualities such as persistence and enthusiasm. Recent studies even suggest it can be a positive emotion that leads one toward action and results through such things as perseverance and the development of various coping mechanisms.

According to WikipediaDetermination is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. Determination occurs prior to goal attainment and serves to motivate behavior that will help achieve one’s goal.

Question 3: Does your desperation drive you? If you are not running with a purpose, the race is not important to you. Desperate people determine their destiny. They make choices based on demand rather than desire.

Destiny is a thing to be achieved, it’s not a string of happenings

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

– Proverbs 16:3

What drives you? Your destiny awaits you. Make it happen.

Trey Campbell,
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*The photo above is part of a collection of truths, motivation, and wisdom from Lead Me Forward that can be found here. They are collectively called “1,000 Tips to Becoming a Better You.”

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