I have never believed in "fate." In fact, I hate the very idea of fate. The idea that, some, or all of our future, is already mapped out for us is depressing. I like being in control of my own life. Being able to make my own choices and determine my own outcome. "Fate" is only a positive idea if you are the type of person who doesn't want to take full responsibility for your life, and put in the effort required to make your life what you want it.
In many ways I currently lack the initiative to make my life what I want it to be, but that does not make the idea of being helpless (reliant on fate) any more appealing to me. I truly believe that life is, and should be, what you make of it. By nature I am a complainer, and I like to wallow. It is so much easier to blame life than push yourself to achieve what you want. I'm trying to change that. One step at a time.
While I don't believe in fate, I think I have always subconsciously believed in the idea that we sometimes receive "signs" pointing us in the right direction. Whether those signs come from the universe, God, or from within one's self, that is up to you to decide, however, I do think they are important. At the very least, these "signs" are your subconscious saying "Hey, pay attention!" And you should.
What about you, do you think the idea of fate is a positive one?