The difference between where you are and where you could be might be the pain you are unwilling to endure.
We are all stumbling toward our destiny. Destiny changes. Who we are and what we do at different points in our lives will eventually converge into something so much more than we ever thought that we would become. But the key is to stay close to the heartbeat of the Father and position ourselves for purpose.
I will not walk backwards in life.
The future goal is the thing which produces character in the present.
We see many men who are moved by the desire of transitory things to endure many toils and labors. They will travel great distance and even disregard wife and children and every other glory and enjoyment, and prefer nothing to their purpose in order that they may secure the attainment of their goal. If, then, there are some who make every effort to attain transitory and temporal ends even to the point of laying down their very lives, shall we not deliver our souls and bodies to death for the sake of the King of kings and Lord of lords (I Tim 6:15), the Creator and Sovereign of all things?
Wisdom says that you should look at your life from the end and work backwards. You shouldn’t be afraid to take a moment, sit down at the edge of your grave and think about your life. What do you want to be known as? What do you want God to say about you? What is going to be most important to you when you are lying on your deathbed? The answers to these questions should be the motivators of your life.
Your goals must always be beyond your ability but within your faith.
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark