Control What You Can Control

There’s no sense in beating yourself up over mistakes you made, or opportunities you’ve missed. The best thing to do today, is control what you can control, and continue to educate yourself on how to do better. So to help you out, I’ve shared some of the thoughts and actions I implemented in my daily life and business interactions, in the hopes that they’d help you as well.

Look to be the difference maker.
At some point in your life, you’re going to need to step up, step out, and be the difference maker. Waiting for someone else is not a good idea. What is a good idea is controlling what you can control, by taking action in your life.

Sometimes you need to hire a trained professional to help out.
If you’re stuck on a project, or you feel like you’ve just hit the wall, hiring a professional can definitely help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. In fact, the most successful people often ask for the most help. Sounds strange, but it’s true.

Look for the positive in every situation. There’s always a lesson that can be learned.
Behind every negative, there’s a positive. Sometimes you may just need to look harder to find the lesson that was meant to be learned. Look at the glass as half full, not half empty, for best results. Help people around you learn to look at things from the positive point of view as well.

Be thankful for the opportunities you have today. No matter how small, or big, make the most of them.
There are people that flat out don’t have an opportunity today, so you complaining about the opportunity you have, no matter how small, or big, makes absolutely no sense. Be grateful to live in a place where you at least have an opportunity.

Set a plan, and move forward with it.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail. It’s that simple. Get a plan, put together a strategy to implement it, and then go out and make it happen. You need to put forth effort if you want to receive results. No effort, equals no results.

Good pays the bills. Great puts money in the bank.
Living in the good will get you standard results, while living in great will get you way above average results. Choose to live in the great and enjoy every moment of the day. Make sure you have fun doing it as well.

You already know what you need to do, so just go out and do it.
Getting out of the norm isn’t always easy, but outside the norm is where you’re going to see the most progress. Do whatever you need to do, and take whatever steps necessary, to get to where you want to go.

Be sure before you go into any type of meeting, that you have a few crystal clear objectives that you’d like to accomplish.
This just comes down to having a plan. Don’t waste time, get into a meeting, go over what you want to cover, and get out. Be sure to cover every objective, and stick to your game plan.

Keep your side of the street clean by maintaining high moral standards.
If you hang out with people doing bad things, you’re going to end up doing bad things. There’s no two ways about it. Be the standard that your friends and coworkers look up to when they need someone to talk to.

Be the person that shows up early, gets all setup, and is ready to go when called upon.
There’s nothing worse than being called on, and not being prepared. If you don’t know what to do, or how to do it, show up early and ask someone how. Good preparation shows that you care, and when people know you care, they’re going to like you even more.

The gifts will come if you put the hard work in. They may not come immediately, but you’ll realize over time that they’re being given to you.
If you’re the type of person that wants to get paid upfront, and then do the work, good luck. The world doesn’t work like that anymore. Lay the groundwork for success by putting the hard work in while everyone else is taking it easy.

There you have them. It’s important to remember, your thoughts and actions are what drive you to daily success, so be sure to put aside time each day, to work on you. Just control what you can control, don’t worry about the rest, and do your best with what you have today.