7 Action Steps To Ignite Your Destiny

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What we’re thinking, speaking and planning will never become a reality until we actually act on what we’ve been thinking, speaking and planning.

Here are seven actions to ignite your destiny.

Action # 1     Think about something. . .good.

Proverbs 23:7 says:

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”

Have you ever had someone. . .perhaps your spouse or best friend. . .ask you what you were thinking about. . .only to say “nothing.”

First off, thinking about nothing is not humanly possible.

Second, if it were possible. . .it would be an ignorant. . .if not, unwise thing to do.

Third, let’s never waste time thinking about nothing.

Thinking about nothing. . .is both bad and sad. . because you’ll never know when we’re through thinking about nothing.

It’s important to always remember that. . .victory and defeat both begin with a thought.

Our thought process determines where we are and where we will go in life.

If we want to be successful. . .we must fix our minds on the pure, the powerful and the positive from the Word of God.

Action # 2     Pray early, often and successfully.

Prayer may not take you to your goals in life. . .BUT the God to whom you are praying will take you to the high places. . .ultimate success in life. . .now and in the time to come.

The greatest success thinker to ever live. . .Jesus… focused on prayer.

Should we do any less?

Fortunately, we can pray at anytime. . .however, the scripture offers some specific times when Jesus would pray.

Mark 1:35 says:

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

When did Jesus pray. . .in the morning. . .rising even before it’s day.

Now you may be the kind of person who likes to get up at the crack of noon . .however, whenever you wake up. . .get up. . .make sure you have time to pray.

Prayer not only strengthens your spiritual muscles. . .it provides you with a failsafe system to success.

Prayer strengthens you on your journey through everyday life.

Action # 3     Plan your goals.

Isaiah 25:1 in the New International Version says:

“[Praise to the LORD] O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”

God is a planner.  The Bible is a book filled with God’s plans for you and me.

Proverbs 16:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

If you don’t like where you are in life right now. . .chances are. . .there’s something you don’t know yet.  So what’s your plan to move from where you are to where you want to be?

First, seek the Lord. . .His wisdom, understanding and favor.

Psalm 20:4 in the New Living Translation says:

“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”

Second, seek out those who can best help you plan the move out of your personal wilderness into the Promised Land.

Proverbs 15:22 says:

“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”                                    

Action # 4     Faithfulness To Your Creator.

Many people want success to be convenient and instantaneous.  If possible, they’d like to have an app on their smartphone or be able to order it on the internet with free overnight shipping.  It doesn’t work that way.

Success comes to the faithful.  And we must be faithful. . .because He is faithful and He expects us to be faithful as well.

1 Corinthians 1:9 in the New Living Translation says:

“God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Since we’re made in His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26), then we should be doing what He does.  If He’s faithful to do what He says. . .then our goal should be to do as He does..

Being faithful is a choice.

Psalm 119:30 in the New Living Translation say:

“I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.”

God wants us to make the right choice.

The best way to have an excellent reputation is to be known and spoken of as a person who keeps their word. . .faithful to do what you’ve promised you’d do.

Faithfulness is a habit that leads to success.

Action # 5     Continually research, refine and re-direct your efforts.

This action is important so we don’t repeat mistakes. . .or live with them. . .since we feel we have no other options.

I believe there is always another way. . .if not, in the natural. . .God will create one.

Before beginning something new. . .I’m a big believer in testing to ensure the activity will work as I want it to.  I want to avoid traps of the enemy and/or self-induced mistakes.

Our goal in life should be to learn from our mistakes . . .we may not like admitting it . . .but we all make them.

Even if you’ve messed up in life. . .widely recognized as a sinner. . .God will allow you a life-changing moment.

Proverbs 28:13 in The Living Bible offers good advice we need to listen to:

“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”

Action # 6     Count The Costs.

It’s impossible to have an effective plan for your future without knowing the immediate and progressive costs.

As you plan for your future you may establish certain plans.  However, your reality can change faster than the weather.  So it’s important to develop contingency plans for every possible scenario . . . no matter how unlikely they may be.

This is just part of counting the cost.

Luke 14:28-30 in the New Living Translation:

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’”

You can have a good idea. . .no, a great idea. . .a God idea…but if you don’t have what it takes to complete the assignment. . .you’d better leave it alone to another day.

In counting the cost. . .you need to carefully examine the big picture. . .sit down with your brain trust. . .your inner circle of advisors and determine what they think.

Role play scenarios. . .don’t overlook anything that could go wrong.

Action # 7     Never Take “No” For An Answer

For years, I’ve taught people in seminars around the world that “no” doesn’t always mean “N O”. . .many times it actually means “know.”

The person to whom you’re talking doesn’t “know” enough to say yes because if they did. . .if they fully understood what you’re asking … they would say “yes” to you.

Sir Winston Churchill said:

“Don’t take no for an answer, never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.”

If you know your cause is just. . .if your efforts line up with the Word of God. . .then you should never take no for an answer.

Luke 11:8-9 in the New Living Translation says:

“But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.  And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

I like the phrase “shameless persistence.”  If I know what I’m doing lines up with the Word and I feel led by God to do what I’m doing. . .there is no way that I’ll ever give up.

Sometimes it seems the easiest thing to do is quit.  But I can tell you that you’ll never find real peace if you throw in the towel on something you know that you are called to do.

Those who never take no for an answer. . .who persist until the mission is completed will reap a reward. . .immediate and eternal.