My wife Mireidy and I have a passion for outreach and civic engagement. Whether we are serving others by providing resources to children in Africa or volunteering to go into some of the most challenging prisons in America to share a message of faith & hope, we believe in social justice.
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Now, this has not always been the case, in fact in my youth I thought all roads to success led through selfishness, competition and personal mastery. I am grateful that my choices in my youth did not paint me into a corner that would ultimately lead to unfulfillment. Let me explain….
Choices and Destiny
Where we end up in life is often a direct result of the choices we make throughout our lifetime. We have the ability to positively or negatively impact our ultimate destiny in this lifetime. For me, in my minds eye, our destiny is made up of the finite timeline of our lives. How we have lived, how we have loved, how we have served others and how we have ultimately crafted the final tapestry of our existence will culminate when we close our eyes for the last time. For that reason, it is vitally important to have a long-term perspective and not be shortsighted when it comes to choices and decision-making in life. [bctt tweet=”Where we end up in life is often a direct result of the choices we make throughout our lifetime.” username=”JasonCarthen”]
Cultivating A Destiny Focus
In my youth I did not have the foresight or discipline to have a Destiny Focus™, in fact a single hasty decision could have been costly for many years to come. I know far too many people who are dealing with regrets because they reacted to an impulse or a feeling rather than carefully thinking through their options. I believe if we’re reflective and transparent, we all could agree that we have made bad decisions in the past. However, the key is to learn from them and not repeat the same mistakes. Use them as teaching opportunities for others, so they do not have to travel the same path that you did.
Experience and Leadership
As both leaders and followers, you’ve heard it said that “experience is the best teacher”, well I can tell you that sometimes it can be someone else’s experience that teaches best. Seek wise counsel and surround yourself with the right people and place yourself in environments that will aid in the decision-making process. Breathe, and do not make a major decision in a moment of passion as you walk this path of life.
Point of Clarity Quote:
Not every fairy tale story that begins with ‘Once upon a time,’ has a ‘Happily ever after’….”
― Khalia Hades
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