It must be hard to dream for the people who believe in fate. For those who accept that everything is meant to be, it is pointless to imagine. Subscribing to fate and the “everything is meant to be” philosophy stifles one’s imagination and negates possibility thinking, doesn’t it?
God gave human beings something far beyond what He gave the animals. We have the ability to reason and choose our own thoughts. And very few realize just how powerful our own thoughts are, and how dramatically our own thoughts effect our lives.
Those who are locked into fate can only hope that they are on the right track. In other words, nothing they do will ultimately change their lives. All they can do is hope that their life is not as bad as other people’s lives. That is not really living, is it?
But, those who understand that they don’t have to settle, and that they can have hope for something better, have genuine goals and desires. They have imagination and inspiration. They grab hold of life and say, “Let’s see how far I can go!”
That kind of thinking, along with subsequent related actions, is possibility thinking, inspired by the freewill to choose thoughts. Possibility thinkers understand how vital and critical their own thoughts really are. They are aware that they determine their own barriers or limits.
It is really impossible to go beyond the barriers or limits that you build in your own mind and choose to believe. Regardless of the reason why, your mental barrier is yours; you built it and you own it. You may have all kinds of reasons to justify your barrier, including others who concur, but it is still the barrier or limit that you built.
Countless examples exist of people who because of the odds, physical limitation, or any number of variables, would have been completely justified in building a barrier or limit in their mind. But they did not. They faced and overcame their challenges. We all have a choice to think whatever thoughts we choose to think. Those thoughts will either construct barriers, or construct possibilities; the choice is always ours.
What did Michael Jordan construct in his mind after he was cut from his high school basketball team? He could have accepted his “fate” and moved on. But he is now one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He once said, “Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it, and that usually got me going again.”
Want to know who failed sixth grade? He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of 62. His name was Winston Churchill and he wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, never, never, never give up.”
Abraham Lincoln’s life was anything but success for many, many years. He failed in business and he was defeated in public elections, over and over. And yet, today he remains one of the greatest presidents of the United States.
A young boy wanted to be the ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match. He was rejected on the grounds that he was too awkward and clumsy. That young boy was Stan Smith who went on to win Wimbledon, the U. S. Open, and, eight Davis Cups.
What Is Your Opinion?
The opinions we carry of ourselves, along with the things that we say to ourselves about ourselves, who we are and what we can do, are literally life changing. And, as Christians, we not only have the ability to build mental possibilities instead of mental barriers, but God has given us His spirit. That means that He can communicate to us and give us the wisdom we need for our journey in life.
We can just accept our fate and choose to believe that everything that happens is just, “meant to be.” Or, with God on our side, we can choose to put in the effort and determination to make our dreams come true. What’s your choice?
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