Over the course of time countless motivators and authors have echoed this philosophy, if you’re not in control of your own life, you can’t get to where you want to be.
Sean Whalen is one the most memorable for me, with his writing about the Core 4 principle, meaning that you must be on control of your Power, Passion, Purpose, and Production. I think of this in a much more simplified way, so read on to find more.
Being in control doesn’t necessarily mean you have people who report to you in the business world, or children looking up to you. It doesn’t necessarily mean you manage anything external at all, the one thing you must be in control of is yourself. What does this mean though? There’s a few aspects of ourselves we can control on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, so we can start there.
Be in control of your body and mind. This sounds easy right? It isn’t. At the end of the day you control your body and mind, you control your workout routine, you control what information you take in, whether you sit around and watch TV or read a book. You control these things. Your body and mind are the most important things working for you on a daily basis, so if you don’t take care of them, how can you expect them to work the way you want them to for you? Would you put regular grade gas in a super high performance sports car, then leave it idling for hours? Probably not, but when you spend your days eating junk food and sitting around watching TV this is the way you’re treating your body. Think about that.
Control your mind. You control the information you consume on a daily basis, and unlike a computer your mind never fills up, you can keep adding more information. You can choose to binge watch your favorite Netflix series, or you can choose to read a book, listen to an audiobook, even watch educational content on YouTube or a good documentary. If we fill our minds with useful new information constantly, these seeds of information will grow into a wealth of knowledge over time. If you fill your mind with nothing but TV then that’s the knowledge you’ll gain, but if you watch/read educational or field related content then in turn that knowledge will grow.
Being in control doesn’t mean doing these things when you feel like it either, you have to make these things habitual and consistent. You can’t diet and exercise 2 days a week and expect great results. You also can’t watch TV for hours a day 5 days a week and read a couple chapters of a book on the weekend. You need to be consistent and help yourself develop these habits and grow.
Let’s work on mastering our bodies and minds and I’ll be back soon with part 2. If you can do this, that’s another step forward on your Climb to Success.
As always if you have questions or comments, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,