Circumstances Do Not Define Destiny

Circumstances Do Not Define DestinyCircumstances do not define destiny – even if you compare siblings who grew up in the same home, as adults, their lives can look completely different… why is that? What is that “difference” that enables others to overcome while others succumb?

I think that Tony Robbins more or less summed it up by saying:

“You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.”

Your circumstances do not define destiny and when you stop blaming your circumstances, your parents, your kids, your boss or anyone else for that matter; at that point you can choose which path it is that you want for your life.

Two people can go through exactly the same circumstances, but they can choose different paths. Your perspective on life influences your choices and after that your level of success. Do you see life in an optimistic fashion or do you choose to see life as a series of “limiting events” that just keep happening to you?

Circumstances Do Not Define Destiny

You, your life, your success, is not defined by your circumstances but instead by your choices surrounding those circumstances. Circumstances do not define destiny and regardless of how hard you try, you can never control what happens to you but you can always control your attitude and your feelings towards those events, and that is what ultimately controls your destiny.

You can always choose to take a constructive path instead of a destructive one.

You can always choose to look at the long-term instead of the short-term

You can always choose to be responsible for your results instead of feeling entitled to them.

You can always choose forgiveness instead of anger and bitterness.

You can always choose to do your best instead of just “phoning it in.”

You always have the power to choose, you just need to exercise that choice more often.

What different choices could you be making right now?

When I reflect upon my own life I have to admit, I marvel at my accomplishments while at the same time I often shudder at the thought of what my life prospects “really looked like on paper” as a young man entering the world. I also realize that my story could have been completely different had I not chosen the paths that I had. I am sure MOST of you can relate in one way or the other…

The bottom line is this… circumstances do not define destiny and ultimately it is your decision to choose to succeed in spite of your circumstances instead of choosing to flounder as the result of them.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten Jr. Circa 1984

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