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The 5 D’s: Dream + Desire + Dedication + Discipline = Destiny

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

While listening to the radio one morning, I heard Steve Harvey say, “Your discipline determines your destiny, not your desire.” As I internalized this statement, I thought about it and felt that it was very profound and true. However, I wanted to add to that statement. I agree that discipline does determine a person’s destiny and not their desire, but I also believe that your dream plus your desire plus the amount of discipline and dedication you have determines your destiny. To break down what Steve Harvey said, your desire is basically what you want to happen, but nothing can occur without you putting a plan in place and acting on that plan. Planning takes discipline. I believe that anything desired starts with a dream. Once your dream is in place, you begin to make plans around that dream to make it come true, which takes discipline. When you begin to put the plan into action that will propel you closer to your destiny. Dreams are motivating. Dreams are exciting. Dreams can fulfill and sustain you like oxygen. Sometimes I get lost in my dreams because they are exciting and they put a smile on my face. They make me feel good. Just thinking about the kind of life I’m working toward creates contentment within me. We need to dream and have something to aspire to – to move toward. However, a dream without a plan of action will die. Anything worth having takes a certain amount of dedication and work. If you want something, set your goal and work toward what you want! We are built with the ability to achieve all things through Christ who gives us strength. However, sometimes the company we keep can impact our capacity to dream. To put it plainly, negative people can kill our dreams. If the people you surround yourself with don’t support your dreams, then that is a problem. Some of the best ideas have died because we share information with people who do not support us or don’t understand us and the direction we want to travel. A dream killer can get in your way if you allow them to, but you don’t have to let your dreams die. We are in control of what we do. Remove yourself from toxic situations so that you can move toward accomplishing your dreams without many roadblocks. That is not to say that there won’t be some roadblocks because there will be. However, some roadblocks can be avoided before they begin to block you, such as negative people. Your dream is one of the most motivating things that you have in your life. Don’t let anyone rob you of that. Make sure that you continue to dream, and have the desire, dedication and discipline to reach your destiny. Don’t you believe you deserve it? Of course you do! You have the capacity to do anything you set your mind to. Be determined today because your future depends on it.

Live, laugh, love, and pray.

God Bless You with Good Health and Wellness,


Antoinette Shar’ron Johnson

“Empowering, inspiring, motivating, and uplifting your mind, body, and soul!”

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