Merriam Webster defines destiny (noun) as “a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency.” When used as a verb, destining, the definition is “to designate, assign, or dedicate in advance.”
Having control over your destiny is a case of miswording. The very definition of destiny clearly states your end-fate is predetermined. You will end up where you do through no choice or fault of your own. However, choosing a destining course of action allows you to play a role in your future. Simply put, you cannot control your destiny, but you can exert control over your destining.
How do you accomplish this monumental task?
If you’ve started your own small business, you’ve taken the first step. When you work for someone else’s company, other people hold the reins. By becoming your own boss, you’ve allowed yourself total control and the ability to change your path. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a career choice that gives you as much power as being an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, regardless of whatever employment choices you make, there will always be forces outside of your control. But focusing on what is in your power to change and affect helps you carve out the future you envision for yourself.
The first tip? Plan. Plan every aspect of your business, even down to the minute details typically neglected. Planning your company gives you the power to handle the unexpected rather than just reacting to it, good or bad. A plan-as-you-go tactic gives you the most control. Set your long-term goals and the steps to achieve them and then track your progress every step of the way until you can check the target off your list. You can choose to move as quickly as possible or as slowly as required to be the most efficient and successful. Lack of proper planning leaves you a passenger rather than a driver. The chances are higher you’ll have no choice but to watch your business flounder and eventually fail.
The second tip is more of an observance; you reap what you sow. How you act affects your results. Slack off, and your business suffers. Dedicate your full self to the task at hand, and reap the benefits of your hard work. If one of your long-term goals is to be successful in a specific course of action (which it always should be) then failing to sow your best self will reap you nothing but sorrow.
Tip three is being flexible. As your business changes, your thoughts on where you want it to go may change as well. As an entrepreneur, you need to possess the ability to evolve. Destining requires action and action requires flexibility to find success in the action. You also might wish to change courses without your business dictating it. This is OK. Desire alters with time. Chances are you don’t have the same future in mind that you did when you were a freshman in college.
When your destining alters your path and changes your business, you must adapt.
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