Life comes out of death, which is why real living begins when you kill off the habits, mindsets, and feelings that are holding you back. To live, something must die. To experience something greater, the lesser must be executed.
In my life, nothing has spelled more significant change than when fatalism began to die and determination came to life. In your own life, I can’t imagine anything greater dying in you. If you can lose the idea of fate, and embrace the reality that you have the ability to shape your future, a sense of empowerment will overtake you as if you were swallowed by an ocean wave.
The fruit of fatalism is seen when you’re waiting around for something to happen. It’s when you live like one awaiting a permission slip to step out on their dreams and goals. Fatalism is when you believe that you are subject to a future over which you have no power to change.
The opposite is determination, and determination is when you awaken to the reality that you can shape the world and your place in it. Listen to the way one famous “history shaper” describes it:
Living With Determination
When you can decide the nature and outcome of something, you are living in determination. When you hold yourself back from realizing your fullest potential, you are living under the restraint of fatalism.
Steve Jobs believed he could change the world. He took the simple idea of cause and effect—“if you push in, something will pop out the other side”—and maximized it to such a degree that he changed the life experience of untold millions all over the world.
You Can Change YOUR World
You don’t have to “change the world”, but you can certainly change your world, and that begins when you realize that the totality of your life experience is determined by the decisions you make and the actions you take. If there is a force, or god, determining everything, it is irrelevant because as far as your experience is concerned, your life was created by you.
This realization is both frightening and exhilarating, but once you accept the responsibility that you will only get out of life what you determine, you will experience the greatest sense of empowerment. Your weight problems, money problems, career problems, emotional problems, and relationship problems will be subject to the power of your own will. This is the greatest realization.
Are you still governed by fatalism? Tell me how in the comments below.
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