“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”
I recall the very first time I heard those words. I was on a long flight from London to LA and I was watching the movie Invictus – the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country.
The words are from a poem of the same name ‘Invictus’, by the English poet Ernest William Henley – and referenced several times throughout the film. As I heard the words spoken, I was literally frozen in my seat. They seemed so profound. I guess I had needed to hear them in that very moment.
I thought it might be useful to share them with you as we continue our conversation.
In my last newsletter/blog, we talked about your desires.
So now that you have more clarity about what you desire (because you answered all the questions – right?), it is time to take ACTION.
It is time for you to stand in your power and take responsibility for your life.
It is time for YOU to become the master of your fate.
To step out of ‘victim’ mode and OWN the choices you make. Moment by moment, day by day. Because those choices add up, and they are defining your future. Right now. Whether you decide to read on or not, whether you decide to take action or not, THESE are all choices.
I have always believed passionately (and have done since my teenage years) – that I truly AM – “the master of my fate”.
I have always taken responsibility for the shape of my life and if something wasn’t working… I took note. I made plans. I made changes. I have to admit though, there have been times (in more recent years) when I waited too long before implementing those changes!)
But now the question for you…
💎 Who is the master of YOUR fate?
💎 Who is the captain of YOUR soul?
The most effective way to gain control of your life is to work on your internal beliefs so that they dominate your experience in the external world.
You see, as human beings our actions are constantly being influenced by two worlds: our internal world (influences include: our mind, our spirituality and our body) and our external world (influences include: the news, social media, music, family, friends, our home environment, etc).
Start to notice your thoughts and beliefs.
Identify those which may no longer be serving you – or which might actually be holding you back from living your best life.
Change the soundtrack to the movie that is your own life. What you think you become.
So start to pay more attention to your thoughts and take control of what’s on your mind. This work can take time but start with just one negative thought or limiting belief for now. Identify it, write it down, transform it, – and notice, that once you transform the thought from negative to positive, how much influence it has in your external surroundings.
The way that you will lose control of your life and outcomes, is to let the external world dominate your internal world.
When you let your external world dominate your internal world, you behave in a particular way in order to be accepted by others.
You fail to speak your truth for fear of judgement or criticism. You live your life by the standards defined by others and consequently, your fate becomes what others determine and not what you have determined is right for you.
You allow ‘others’ to become the Masters of Your Fate.
If YOU are the master of your fate, you are responsible for everything you do and all that you achieve. Understand and acknowledge the results you’re getting today are the results of your efforts yesterday.
If you are not happy with your results, change your actions. Make different choices.
In order to change your actions – you must first start with your thoughts.
x Until next time, sending you love x
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