How to Take Control of Your Life

I’m currently reading a book by Brian Tracy, titled “No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline.” In this book, he shares some tips on how to take control of your life by being purpose driven. You feel in control of your life and happy only when you have clear goals that you can work towards on a day-to-day basis. One of the most important disciplines you will ever develop is that of becoming a lifelong goal setter.

Brian Tracy tells the story of the homing pigeon, which is a truly remarkable bird. It has the uncanny instinct of flying back to its home roost, no matter how far away it starts or in what direction it most go. You could take the homing pigeon out of its roost, put it in a cage, which is put in a box and covered with a blanket in the back of a pickup truck. You could then drive about 1,000 miles in any direction, open the truck, take out the box, take off the blanket, open the cage, and then throw the homing pigeon in the air. What it does at that point is completely magical. It will circle three times, get its bearings, and then fly straight back to its home roost. It is the only creature on earth that has this ability, except for human beings. Except for YOU. You are AMAZING!

You also have this homing ability within you, in your brain, but with one special difference. The homing pigeon seems to know instinctively exactly where its home roost is located. It then has the ability to fly directly back to that roost. In contrast, when human beings program a goal into their minds, they can then set out without having any idea where they will go or how they will achieve that goal. But by some miracle, they will begin to move unerringly toward that goal, and the goal will begin to move toward them.

To take control of your life, you have got to set goals. Don’t be hesitant in doing this, even if you don’t know how you will accomplish these goals. The good news is that you don’t need to know how to get there. All you need to do is write them down and get started. You just need to be clear about what you want to accomplish, and the goal-striving mechanism(the “homing ability“) in your brain will guide you unerringly to your destination.

Your goals can come to you by design, rather than by chance simply by developing absolute clarity about what you really want.

While writing this post, I came across an article entitled “A Master Plan for Taking Back Control of Your Life” that highlighted key moves you can make to take control of your life. Here they are:

  1. Make more of your behaviors automatic.
  2. Take yourself out of harm’s way.
  3. Whatever you feel compelled to do, don’t.
  4. Sleep as much as you must to feel fully rested.
  5. Do the most important thing first in the morning.
  6. Eat energy rich foods in small doses at frequent intervals.
  7. Do one thing at a time.
  8. Work in sprints.

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