6 Keys to Take You from Dream to Destiny

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. ~ William Shakespeare

We each can choose our own destiny, did you know that? Sure, there are a lot of factors we can’t choose: our parents, for instance, or our nation of birth. But I’m here to tell you, you have a lot more control over your life than you might think.

We’ve all read stories of true over-comers – people who thrived despite seemingly unbeatable conditions: Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi come to mind. Ask yourself, what gave them the ability to achieve their dreams and goals while facing such overwhelming opposition? Their thoughts and attitudes, coupled with firm faith, were the biggest factors in the outcome of their lives, not education, position or income.

Consider Joshua. He was about to take the Israelites into the Promised Land after Moses died. Keep in mind, the land was still inhabited by the same ‘giants’ that terrified Moses’ spies forty years earlier. And those tribes had forty years to expand and fortify their holdings. Not exactly an easy position to be in.

God told Joshua, this Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shalt meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

God wanted him thinking about His promises, not the giants. Meditate simply means to mull over and continue thinking about. Everything in life is determined by how you think!  Right thinking positions you for a life of prosperity and success. That verse says YOU will make your way prosperous. It’s your choice. Are you going to look at God’s promises or the problems and obstacles you face?

Every decision you make is a step either toward or away from your destiny, your destination in life.  Your choices create the causes-and-effects that dictate your life experiences.  How can you know if you’re moving in the right direction?  Ask yourself if you’re making right choices.

One way to know that is to check your heart.  Are you peaceful with your decisions?  Are you actions consistent with your choices? Or are you uncomfortable with something, perhaps a bad habit or a negative attitude. Don’t ignore the prompting of your conscience. Your success is waiting on the other side of your right actions.

There is a progression from dream to destiny. If you use these keys to advantage, you really can create your own destiny and live your own dream.

  1. Your thoughts create your emotions. Emotions don’t lead, they follow what you think about and meditate on. If you keep turning over your hurts and aggravations in your mind, soon you’ll be depressed and angry. Conversely, if you’ll focus on the good things, you will find peace and joy. God said to keep [guard] your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life (Prov. 4:23).
  2.  Your emotions prompt your decisions. Words are decision-based and emotions drive intention. If you practice anger (at your computer, other drivers on the road, your spouse, etc), you will soon find yourself yelling at or cursing them. Instead, follow David’s example: they treated me wrongfully with falsehood: but I will meditate on Your precepts (Ps. 119:78). Become aware of your choices. Your Best Life will follow your best decisions. 
  3. Your decisions determine your actions. Everything you do is based on the decisions you make. Do not think that every craftsman or skilled musician, talented athlete or successful person just ‘arrived’ at their place of fame and skill. It required disciplined action to achieve their dreams. It will not be different for you. A decision requires action to become more than a wish. The Bible tells us that even faith without works is dead (James 2:26).  A few verses earlier, James says, do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect (v 22.) Do you know what perfect faith produces? Your dream & destiny – whatever you are believing for!
  4. Your actions, repeated over time, become habits. A habit is simply an action practiced until it becomes almost second nature. You don’t have to think about brushing your teeth, you just go do it. You can create positive habits that will contribute to your dream. Hebrews 6:12 says to imitate those who through faith AND patience inherit the promises. Choose what you want and start working toward that goal. Develop habits that support the life you WANT to live, not the life you have.
  5. Your habits develop and demonstrate your character. Character is doing what’s right because it’s right. Good character seeks ways to bless and benefits others.  The Apostle, Paul said, we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint … (Rom. 5:3-5). Character keeps you working toward the highest and best goals in life – even when your mind, emotions and physical body are trying to tell you to quit.
  6. Your character produces your destiny.  You can never rise higher in life than your character. Grow up and be free from old habits that drag you down. Do not look for the approval of others. Seasons of difficulty will actually develop you. During those times you gain experience, confidence and character.

Get your priorities straight. You are one-of-a-kind, created with a unique combination of personality, talents and perseverance.  You were created to bless the world – your world – in a meaningful way.

Your destiny is not an end to be reached; it is a journey to be lived.  Choose to enjoy every step along the way, even if you don’t always understand how things will work out.  Make the quality decision to trust your Creator to lead you progressively along your individual path.  Find some joy in each day.

Begin making your best decisions, not mediocre ones.  They will lead you into your best life … your destiny. You are only limited by the amount of effort you are willing to expend to reach the prize.  For instance, you may ‘want’ to be completely debt-free, but you’re still charging purchases on those nasty plastic cards.  You are cancelling your dream with your actions.

If you feel like you’re on a narrow path, be encouraged!  Your rewards will eventually arrive.  Remember, birds fly in flocks, eagles fly alone. Knowing that opposition will come is an important part of fulfilling your destiny. When hard times come, press on!  Continue to make those choices that you know will contribute to your success … your destiny.

Dreams are the stuff your reality is made of.  Each of us has a God-given ability to imagine great and wonderful things for ourselves.  The good part is that you also have the God-given ability to match your dream.  Yes, you CAN do … learn … become whatever you must so that you can have whatever you truly want. It’s your dream; it’s your destiny. It’s your choice.

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  1. Very useful informations and motivational material.

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