While these are nice thoughts, they do not become my identity, my destiny, without action.
Even my thoughts, though powerful, do not become my identity; only my actions shape my identity, and alter my destiny with that of those around me.
I have dreamed of having a wife and children ever since I was a child, but they know they are my dream come true only because I tell them and show them in a way that gives us all certainty.
In this way, I shape my own identity through action–through action, I become more of all the things I long to be. Each time I act, my destiny–the vision I have had for myself and my family ever since I was a little boy–becomes more certain.
And with greater certainty, I shape their identities also, as they grow in the knowledge that they are special, loved, and wanted. With each intentional moment, I make them more capable of perpetuating that which is best in my leadership. With each intentional moment, I make them more capable of finding aspects of their identities that will make them better leaders than I was.
Identity. Destiny. Certainty.