By Bernard Wainaina
“Success and failure are
not overnight experiences.
It’s the small decisions
along the way that cause
people to fail or succeed.”
I think when you wake up in the morning your
destiny has already been decided. [Oh, sorry, this will get slightly introspective.]
You can’t even begin averting your fate.
You were born a pawn.
Your card was dealt a long time ago.
So all the misfortune and fortunes that will befall you were already pre-meditated.
The gavel long landed.
Or is it really so?
My current professional assignment has reinforced this belief, now,
more than ever.
I will explain shortly.
I shape my destiny
with a chisel,
I am a carpenter
of my own soul.’ ~Rumi
What makes the difference in the quality
of people’s lives?
What is the single factor that shapes and controls our ultimate destiny?
Most people think that biography is
destiny, that the past equals the future.
And you know what?
It can—but only if you live there,in your past,that is.
Any study of history shows that the difference in human beings comes down to one thing: an ability to harness the power of decision, often in spite of adverse conditions.
The history of our world is the result of decisions .
It’s the power of decision that caused Rosa Parks to remain in her seat and state, “No, I will not,the famous black woman activist,go to the back of the bus.”
It took a forceful decision to compel an unarmed man to stand in front of a tank at
“It is in your moments of decision
that your destiny
is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
It was the strength of decision that led President John F. Kennedy to declare that an American would be first to walk on the moon by the
end of the 1960s.
Decision is the ultimate power—and there are three core decisions each of us makes every moment we’re alive.
These decisions have the capacity to empower,
advance, frustrate or derail us, depending on what we choose:
Decision 1: What are you going to focus on in your life?
Do you focus on things you’re excited about or things you fear?
Whatever you focus on, you experience.
Wherever focus goes, energy flows to attain that end as your ultimate destiny.
Decision 2: What does this mean?
Is your current station in life the end or the beginning? Are you being punished or rewarded?
The minute you decide to focus on something, you give it a meaning.
How you define an event produces emotion and determines how you feel going forward.
Decision 3: What are you going to do about it?
Are you going to give up or follow through?
The meanings we assign to events influence what actions we take as a result.
It’s our decisions, not our conditions, that ultimately shape the quality of our lives.
At any moment the decision you make can
change the course of your life forever.
Whenever you wake up in the morning,knowing life has given you another gift of a new day,take up your chisel of DECISIONS and continue the noble work of shaping your destiny.
Every morning is a morning of your destiny!
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