By Dr. Bobby J. Grossi

It’s a classic interview question: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” Your answer will supposedly tell the interviewer whether you’re a good fit for the role in question. Job applicants often prepare a canned answer to this question that makes them look good. 

Canned answers aside, have you asked yourself this question recently? Really dwell on it for a moment. Ten years from now, will you be where you are today? Or will you be closer to achieving your dreams?

 

Destiny is Not Heredity

I believe that we each have immense power to determine our own destiny. If we can dream it and work hard toward that dream, then we can do it. Many people share this belief.

However, some people don’t believe they have the power to determine their own destiny. They make excuses instead of taking action, and they blame others when things don’t go their way. With this attitude, they will forever be reactive, rather than proactive.

If you’re one of these people, then I have great news for you. You can change your worldview. You are the only one who can determine your destiny. You are the author of your story.

 

Destiny = Belief + Action

Belief is a part of destiny – a big one – but it’s just one component. The other vital component is action.

An action doesn’t have to be massive to make a profound difference. Think of the power of a seed. From such a tiny, seemingly insignificant thing, a towering tree can grow. It just takes the action of planting the seed and the belief that it will sprout. 

Plant seeds of greatness in your own life. Do something to move toward your dreams and believe that they’ll come to fruition. The universe rewards people who take action and have faith.

 

Make a Difference

The universe also rewards people who make a difference. Your destiny doesn’t just involve you, it involves your family, the people who care about you, the people you work with, the people in your town. Your destiny touches others’ lives in ways you can’t even see.

Don’t just focus on yourself and your needs all the time, but look outward and around you. How can you help others? What can you do in your community? How can you impact the world?

 

Where You’ll Be in Ten Years

It can be scary to take control of your destiny, believing that you are solely in charge of your life. You can no longer hide behind excuses or blame anyone else. You need to be prepared to take responsibility for your failures as well as credit for your successes. You have to take action and have faith that your seeds will eventually bear fruit. Only when you do this, can you take control of your destiny. Only then will you know exactly how to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in ten years?”