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Your Fate is in Your Own Hands

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Week 26 and 27: Your Fate is in Your Own Hands 

“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.”

~Honore de Balzac

Life Lesson 26: Your Fate is in Your Own Hands 

This week, the focus is on personal strength and believing in yourself. It’s critical to accomplishing goals, and achieving the life you want. If you can’t believe in yourself, what else do you have going forward? The first part of this weeks lessons is a Buddhist story. Read it with a clear mind and be open to the stories lesson.

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“Fate is in Your Own Hands”

Once upon a time, there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy ten times the size of his own.

Along the way to the battlefield, the troops stopped by a small temple to pray for victory.

The general held up a coin and told his troops, “I am going to implore the gods to help us crush our enemy. If this coin lands with the heads on top, we’ll win. If it’s tails, we’ll lose. Our fate is in the hands of the gods. Let’s pray wholeheartedly.”

After a short prayer, the general tossed the coin. It landed with the heads on top. The troops were overjoyed and went into the battle with high spirit.

Just as predicted, the smaller army won the battle.

The soldiers were exalted; “It’s good to have the gods on our side! No one can change what they have determined.”

“Really?” The general shows them the coin–both sides of it were heads.

Before moving onto the next lesson, take a minute to think about what this means to you. What did this story teach you. Write down your thoughts in this moment. Take it in. Then continue reading.


Life Lesson 27: Believing in the Power of Your Own Ability 

After reading this story and reflecting on it, what thoughts or beliefs arise? What are your thoughts on fate? I know for many, this is a touchy subject. Some people believe wholeheartedly that fate, and God’s plan, are a real thing that do in fact impact the ways in which our lives unfold. Others’ however, believe that we, and we alone control our ultimate fate. No God, or outside force, does. Even within this story, you see the divide; the General believed in his army, while the army believed in the God’s. However, in the end, it was the power of the army that defeated their enemy, not God. The difference was simply that the army believed in the God’s. The army believed that a stronger force was behind them.

This goes to show how our thoughts can truly impact what we believe and what we achieve. It’s okay to lean on spirituality sometimes, but know what you yourself are fully capable of achieving. Know you can achieve the destiny you see for yourself. You don’t need outside forces behind you if you believe in yourself.

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  • What thoughts do you have on fate?
  • Do you believe that your fate is determined or that you have the ability to design your own fate and future?
  • Are there things you want to do, but don’t believe you have the personal strength behind you?
  • Are there things you want to do, but don’t believe it’s in the cards for you? Where do these beliefs stem from?
  • Write down three positive affirmations to build mental and spiritual strength and repeat them to yourself each day this week.

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