Get in control… of your life.
I was listening to an audio book of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and one saying had a powerful impact on me. He said that the best way to get in control of yourself immediately is to make a promise and work towards keeping it. And the other is to set a goal and work towards achieving it. That put’s you in total control of your life immediately. The sense of control is immediate.
In order to set the goals that really makes sense in the long run, we must work on the first two values in the value chain that Covey describes, accepting the fact that we are resonsible for our lives (Be Proactive) and setting goals that are congruent with what we intend to achieve out of our lives (Begin with the end in mind). Once we work on internalizing these habits we will slowly get a good feeling of what we are and where we want to go. This will help us set our goals congruent with our personal mission.
But making promises and keeping them is something that we can start off immediately. Covey suggests two great promises that we can make. We need to think about one activity that will make a significant change in your personal life if done consistently and well. Similarly one activity that will have a significant impact on our professions. Then the promise is to attend to it.
If you are able to identify this one activity, and if you consistently do this activity, day in and day out, every day, once you are done with it or while doing it, you will feel a powerful sense of control over yourself. You will feel totally in control, you know what you do is going to make a difference in your personal or professional life and you know you are doing it to the best of your ability.