You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~ Marcus Aurelius
So much of our time is spent worrying about things we cannot control. We fret over our birth place, the money we were or weren’t born into, the ‘breaks’ we’ve gotten in life, the weather, and so forth, that we ignore what we can control.
You have complete control over your mind. Realizing this and using this control is power, it’s strength, it sets you apart from almost every human on the planet who’s stuck blaming someone or something for how their lives are going.
You have power to choose to see opportunity where others only see crisis. This is the greatest gift we can posses, and all it takes is awareness.
Take a notepad and a pen and spend a day writing about your thoughts. How do you think when someone cuts you off? What’s your reaction when you get an email from an unhappy customer? How do you think about your prospects in life?
Are you a slave to your desires? Do they determine how you act and who you are? Do they shape your mood and worldview? Do you let emotions prevent the opportunity for clarity?
You cannot control the weather, so why fret over it?
You cannot control where you were born, but you can control where you end up.
Spend time thinking about the things you can control, like your thoughts, your reactions to emotions and desires and be a man of strength rather than a victim to every whim that enters your brain.