5 Things You Need To Reach Your Destiny
It’s sometimes asked of people who have achieved and are living their destiny: “How does it feel now that you’ve done ______________?” Many of whom will give an expected answer marked with humility and they may also toss in a bit of motivation.
But isn’t the interviewer asking the wrong question?
If I were interviewing someone of achievement I wouldn’t want to know how they feel (I can imagine that for myself and personally would prefer to find out for myself how it feels); I want to know what they did that helped them reach their star and that’s what I ask.
These are 5 things that I’ve uncovered that are needed to reach that one place in the future that is your destiny.
Now each of our destinies have vast differences and common threads. If your destiny is to be the school superintendent the requirements to achieve that destiny are very different than someone whose destiny is to be a New York Times bestselling author. In that is the first thing you need in order to reach your destiny is:
- Know What It Takes: In everything we do there are certain things we must have in order to achieve our destiny. Maybe you need schooling; need to do research for a book or to strengthen your body to become a champion. Whatever the destiny it requires us to hone our talents or increase our knowledge or both. If we are to achieve our greatness we must know what it’ll take; be willing to uncover what those things are so you can begin to work towards them…which brings us to:
- Develop a Plan To Claim Your Destiny: As I wrote in Know Your Destination; Find Your Destiny you have to know where you are going and head toward that place. Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect nor every detail plotted but you have to begin the journey toward your star. Every journey needs direction; you have to plan your course or risk wandering aimlessly doomed never to arrive. God placed that desire within you to reach your destiny but you have to take the journey to reach it.
- Know That Things Aren’t Going To Go As Planned: One of the most distinct challenges of fulfilling our destiny is the unknown. It’s what we can’t see that scares us and can steal our purpose and it is what we must defend against. I believe that God gives us the desire to accomplish something greater than ourselves and I also believe the enemies of God want to thwart His plan for us. By expecting these distractions and challenges we can defeat the unknown and achieve God’s plan for our lives.
On a personal note: I know that my destiny is as a writer, an author and a speaker and two years ago when I started making plans to achieve that goal, I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis on my hands.It was like having calluses all over my hands to a point that my hands were stiff and not functional. For two years I’ve worn blue surgical gloves to maintain enough moisture in my hands so that I can continue my journey. Today my hands are being healed and as you can see I am writing again. We must adapt to whatever is thrown at us and keep going so we can accomplish God’s purpose for our lives.
- Ignore Stubby: The moment you begin your journey toward destiny the naysayers are going to join the voices in your head that try to talk you out of reaching your star. Every one of them has a name and it is Stubby (you can make up your own name). Stubby has no dream of his own and is feeling a bit unfulfilled and in his insecurity he wants to prevent those who are achieving to stay as discontented as he is; so in his infantile mind he must destroy any thoughts you have of ever climbing out of the box he put you in until he’s accomplished his dream first.
Don’t let Stubby steal your purpose in life; follow your heart and #5.
- Have Faith In God’s Plan: We have to remember that our purpose wasn’t, isn’t and never has been of our own making. God created us to be who we are; gave us our talents and He implanted our hearts with the dreams we have for our future. If He went to all that trouble to make us with a specific purpose and a dream in our heart; then He’s equipped us with everything we need to achieve that destiny. It won’t be easy; we’ll have many days of doubt but we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and have faith in Him and His purpose for us.
If we keep these things in mind and our hearts focused on the plan for our lives that God promised us in Jeremiah 29:11 then there is nothing and no one who’ll stand in the way of us reaching for the stars and grabbing the one that belongs to us.