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Featured Article: Discovering Your Destiny

In all cultures and at all times, humans have sought to make sense of their existence. Man's search for meaning is a quest as ancient as the dawn of human consciousness. It is well established that a sense of purpose is necessary for psychological health, and in turn, for human adaptation and survival (Mattiuzzi, 2014).

Destiny may be defined as: 1) something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person to thing; lot or fortune; 2) the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events; 3) the power or agency that determines the course of events; 4) (initial capital letter) this power personified or represented as a goddess; 5) the Destinies, the Fates (Dictionary.com).  Again, as stated before, in order to utilize the proven system of success strategies in leading theories provided in this text, you must be specific about your life's purpose (destiny) and your definition of success.

What is my destiny is a question asked by many. Destiny is often seen as either a fixed sequence of events that is inevitable and unchangeable, or that individuals choose their own destiny by choosing different paths throughout their life (Kabalarians.com). This text encourages the reader to choose the latter. We must develop the mindset of choosing our own destiny and creating a healthy positive life vision. We must not sit stagnant and wait for life to pass us by using negative conditioned patterns of habitual thoughts and behaviors. We must choose to acquire wisdom and knowledge of proven systems leading to our own chosen destiny. The Mystery Element will assist you in your journey.

Destiny is different than fate. Destiny, as stated by psychiatrist Alexander Lowen  is related to the word destination. It refers to what . . . [we become], whereas fate describes what one is. Destiny is what we do with fate, how we play the hand we're each dealt by fate. Destiny is determined not solely by fate, but by how we choose to respond to fate. We are responsible for those choices. Part of each person's fate includes a personal destiny. But whether that destiny is fulfilled or not depends in part on the person and whether he or she is willing to accept responsibility for and courageously pursue that destiny. Finding and fulfilling our destiny is a principal goal of existential depth psychology (Diamond, 2008).

Rick Warren states that the first thing you must do is recognize the gifts God has given you to use. These are the cards you are dealt in life. They include the things you can't control, your parents, your nationality, your race, your language. They also include your shape, your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences. These are the things that make you uniquely you.  In order to know your destiny, you have to know your talents and decide how to use them (Rickwarren.org).

Boni Lonnsburry suggests that you can discover your destiny in three easy steps: 1) Accept the Easy Part First. Your destiny can be divided into two parts: Overall destiny and personal destiny; 2) Follow Your Excitement. Your destiny isn’t “out there” it’s “in you.” It is what you are best suited for, what you have the ability to be absolute genius at, and what will bring you more joy (and money, should you allow it) than anything else on the planet; 3) Change the Beliefs that Keep You Stuck. It’s one thing to read these words and hope you can discover your destiny. It’s another to actually do it (Lonnsburry, 2015).

Echon Tan stated that our life's purpose or destiny is determined by 5 points: 1) It is something that expresses who we are and what we are (doing through being); 2) It is something we enjoy (something we have passion for, something that captures our soul); 3) It is our vision (something we believe we can create in this world, something we imagine to be possible); 4) It is something we can accept as our lifestyle (integrates with everything else we do and the way we live our lives); 5) It is something we believe in (something we can devote our lives to) (Tan, 2014).