To take charge of your life, focus on controlling what you can.
As a practical matter, there's not much you can control. So, you might as well control what you can.
You cannot control:
- How other people treat you
- How other people respond to you
- What other people say
- The weather
- Company policies (for many people)
- Laws (again, for most people)
You can control your own words, actions, reactions, and interactions.
When I discuss this idea in training, I often say that of the 6+ billion people on the planet I can only control one of them. And he doesn't always cooperate with me.
Still, controlling myself is all I've got.
For example, I can't control whether or not people read this blog. I can control how often I post.
I can't control if people treat me with respect. I can control if I treat them with respect.
And, the list goes on in like manner.
The point is this:
By focusing on what I can control, I become less concerned with what I cannot control.
With this as my focus, I can take charge of my life. You can choose to do the same.
This article is from the Take Charge series. Use the links below to read more from this series.
- How to Take Charge of Your Life - General Principles
- Take Charge of Your Life - Control What You Can