I first heard this statement a few years ago, by a presenter I have since followed everyday via his blog, the Daily Transmission. Dennis Moseley-Williams is a well-known speaker in the Finance/Investment industry where I work and a great resource for Financial Advisors like me.
The comments he made that day about pieces of our life that we simply cannot control have stuck with me since. It’s a very simple statement, applicable to all aspects of life and in my opinion very helpful if we use it in our daily problem solving.
Fast forward to the day we had yesterday, traveling back from a great Sports Show in Williston, ND. On the way home, we had some major truck problems and were stalled alongside the road for over 5 hours. During the course of this time, with dozens of phone calls and a high level of anxiety, I was reminded to control what I could control.
My son sat in the backseat watching Netflix and eating snacks, my producer was working away at logistics and I was trying to manage the entire situation, while assuring everyone we would make it home safe. We did arrive home at 1:30 this morning, allowing Gus to be at school on time and for me to be at work. A few items are still yet to be dealt with but we made the most of an unfortunate situation and a very long day. We controlled what we could control.
We know it’s not easy to sit back and let others control situation your in or “your problem”. It’s hard to let go and simply sit back and wait. My recommendation is to focus solely on solving every piece of the problem that we can control. Be diligent, be effective and still “control” the situation.
It’s all about control