In the very wise words of Charles R. Swindoll, Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.
The majority of us decide to take control of our lives only when some blunder has already taken place, looking at the said event as a wake-up call. Before we know it, life becomes a chain of things that happens to us, instead of things that we make happen.
However, a conscious effort to take back control of your life should come before any external factor pushes its course.
And when it does, here are some ways in which you can systematically take control over the workings of your life.
HOW TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
1. CHALLENGE YOURSELF AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.
Fear is a rope that holds back even the mightiest. Try breaking out of your fears at least once a week. Try things that frighten you. When you try things that scare you, you take control over your fears which gives you a sense of control over your life as well.
2. FOLLOW A ROUTINE.
Timetables and routines bring stability and time control. It makes it easier for people to manage their time and daily routine, which increases productivity. An increase in productivity and results improve a person’s sense of self and worth. It gives you direct control over your time, productivity and ultimately, life.
3. PLAN YOUR SAVINGS.
Money is a direct symbol of power and stability. Plan your expenditure, create space for saving your money. Savings not only helps you in planning your future but also secures it. Savings help in taking control of your future.
4. INSTEAD OF OWNING, RENT.
There are more benefits of renting over owning, especially at a time when you’re still growing and learning to take control of your life. When you rent, you know exactly what it is going to cost. A definite, well-defined cost structure helps you plan better, and get a clearer picture of your finances. Renting also opens up the opportunity to take leaps that are better for you and your career without thinking of buying, selling and settling at a stage when you’re still establishing a career.
5. START NETWORKING.
It is important to create a network that comes in handy in the time of need. Start meeting and creating a network or people who belong to the industry same as you. Go to events, create a social circle. Invest in people and the value that the hold and consider this as a part of future planning.
6. INVEST IN INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.
Your life does not only consist of people you work with but also the ones who hold sentimental and familial value in your life. Invest in nurturing your relationship with your family, friends and significant others. Healthy familial bonds strengthen the core of a human being.
7. FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH.
A healthy mind ensures a healthy life. It is important to focus on your mental health just as it is important to focus on your physical health. A healthy mind gains faster, stronger and more stable control over one’s life. Focus on the betterment of your mental and emotional well-being.
8. MAKE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM PLANS.
Planning is one of the most important steps in gaining control over your life. Make separate lists of your short-term and long-term plans with a plan of action to achieve both. A well-made plan ensures active goal achievement and helps gain stronger control over your life.
It is important to know that gaining control over one’s life is not an easy process. It takes time and planning and effort. However, if a person truly does want to take back control over their lives, they have to focus on the betterment of each aspect of their being, which can be achieved if through the above-mentioned steps.
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