By Lauren Denos: 12/1/2014 (Mindset)

So many people feel like they are at the whim of some unseen force. That they are just a cog in this wheel and they must do what is being pushed upon them. The truth is there are some things that are out of your control, but much less than you actually believe. Things can happen, and some of it may be out of your control, but there are many of those situations that you do have control over.

You have control over so much in your life. You have control over what you eat. You may say, "but I am so poor that I cannot eat healthy." I have heard this many times. In fact, I wrote an article just on that topic. There is so much you can do to eat healthy even when you do not have much money. It is about making the changes that are within your control.

You have control over your fitness. "But I am too busy with work,” you might argue, “and am so tired when I get home." Again, something I hear all the time. You do not have to have a solid hour available to get a workout in. It could be as simple as adding in a 10 minute walk during your lunch break, or doing a few squats or pushups at your desk. Remember, "what is within your control in this situation?"

Sometimes things happen that can be a little out of your control or really out of your control. Let's say that you eat well, you workout, you live a general healthy life, and you find out you have some health conditions going on. Now you thought you were doing all that you could to be healthy; still this came up and kicked you in the rear. So what can you do? What in this situation is within your control? For starters, you can go to the doctor. If you find you have an allergy to something you can change your diet around. In addition, you can keep doing your workouts to help minimize the issue.

Let's say there is something so bad going on that there is nothing physically you can do. In that case, you still have control over how you react and respond to this situation. Your attitude can make a huge difference on everything in your life. So if you have nothing else you can control, you can still control your attitude.

Keeping that positive attitude can make the difference between knowing that you can solve this soon or letting the despair take over, dragging you further down than you really need to go. If you let it drag you down, you are just helping the illness along. Do what is in your control, which includes your attitude even when you don't think it is.

Realize you are in charge of so much. The first step is to look at any challenge in your life right now and brainstorm on what you do have control over.

Can you:

  • Study up on the issue?
  • Eat better?
  • Workout more?

  • Manage your stress better?
  • Enjoy life more?
  • Find a better job?
  • Change your attitude?
  • Find a doctor that can help you?

Start to take charge of your life again. Look for the things that you do have control over, be honest with yourself and your life will change for the better. Become a problem solver instead of a problem dweller. There is something you can do in every situation. Even if it is not the answer to all of your problems, there is something you do have control over. Find that and watch how everything change in a wonderful, healthy way!



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