How Do I Take Back Control Of My Life?

I will start where I finished off yesterday. “What can you do right now to improve a situation you are in?”

A simple question, but is there an easy answer? I believe there is. No matter what is going on in your life right now, a break-up, a debilitating illness, financial problems, health scares or any other situation you may find yourself in, there is ALWAYS something you can do to improve what is happening. You may not be able to change the circumstances, but if you can feel better, make decisions and take some responsibility, that is certainly better than waiting for someone or something else to make it better for you.

To start with – ask yourself the question “What can I do right now to improve this?” Most likely you will find that initially you will say – “Nothing”. Keep asking and soon you will come up with a list of positive steps that will help you move forward. Plan to do something everyday. It doesn’t have to be big, and if the steps are too big, break them down to smaller chunks, so you can start that momentum going.

Some easy examples that will improve your overall life:

To improve your health:

  1. Walk instead of driving short distances
  2. Use the stairs instead of the lifts
  3. Buy some fruit instead of sweets
  4. Cook a meal rather than buy take-out
  5. Get off the couch and start moving
  6. Try yoga and meditation
  7. Speak to your health practitioner for ways to improve your health

To improve your finances:

  1. Look at ways you can increase your income and/or decrease your spending
  2. Have a garage sale and get rid of the clutter. Your junk may be another person’s gold
  3. Reduce your credit card spending unless you pay off the balance each month. If you can’t afford it without a credit card, you can’t afford it with a credit card
  4. Do up a budget. Keep a spending diary on everything you spend your money on for at least a week. You might be surprised where your money goes. Cups of coffee, buying lunch instead of bringing it from home all adds up to your weekly expenditure
  5. Be ruthless. Work out if you really need that second car (or the first car), or some other expensive toy you have. If it is costing you too much, sell it, and use the money to reduce your debt.
  6. Are there ways you can increase your income either from home or at your current workplace?

I look forward to your thoughts and feedback as it is one I am very passionate about. Take Control and be the Master of Your Own Destiny

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10 Responses to How Do I Take Back Control Of My Life?

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  2. fatima says:

    Extremely interesting post. No nonsense and down to earth

  3. prue says:

    Great posts! I really like the insights you provide

  4. John says:

    Saw you on twitter.

  5. Carly says:

    Intriguing article and fantastic read. Thank you very much for your point of view – started some debate with my friends

  6. Brenda says:

    Thank you all for your comments. My aim is to start people talking, and helping them realize there is always something you can do to improve your situation

  7. Sylvia says:

    Thank you for this thought provoking article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  8. susan says:

    This is limited to a small percentage of people. What about someone who is dealing with a bad work enviroment. I thought often of leaving my job, but economy stopped me from pursueing it any further. I have looked but with no degree and high unemployement rate has too much people applying for the same job. So I have to stay in misery until I can get out of my job. The economy seems to give the green light to employers to treat employees less than desirable. Knowing there’s no where for you to go.

  9. Brenda says:

    Whilst I do not know about your personal circumstances and your “bad work” environment, I believe there is always something you can do – for example – study part-time to increase your qualifications.

    While there is nothing you can do to change other people and the way they treat others – there is certainly things you can do to improve your reactions and expectations. When faced with difficult situations – I always ask myself the question “What can I do right now to improve this situation? You must answer this question yourself and if you ask it with an open mind – I am sure you can come up with numerous methods to improve the environment – even if you end up staying with the same employer.

    Check out the previous post There is always something you can do!

  10. Carrie says:

    Spot on with this article. I absolutely will be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!

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