You only have control over three things in your life — the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.” ~Jack Canfield
Once you understand the power of your thoughts, visions, and actions to create the world around you, the less scary or significant the word “only” in the above quote becomes. Where you have the opportunity to harness the most CONTROL is in aligning (and re-aligning) your thoughts, visions, and actions with that which you desire. Alignment happens through the angles of perception, focus, and self-awareness. These are your instruments of CONTROL and why this Word of the Week is essential to your willPower.
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” ~Pema Chodron
Just as we work to CONTROL our own thoughts, images, and actions, we must also release control over the thoughts, images, or actions of another. In this way, we peel away an important layer of the willPower onion. Unpredictability around us can feel extremely trying, tiring, and torturous, but we must detach. Expectations toward outside persons or events undermine the notion of free will and our limited view of how today’s events are influencing the unknown promise of tomorrow.
CONTROL your response and mind the gap between thought and utterance. A reaction is when you allow your emotions to dictate your words and actions. A response is thoughtful, deliberate, and strategic. Before spitting out the callous remark or texting the reckless rampage, let the emotion move through you first…and for however long that takes! Then, CHALLENGE yourself with the following questions or spiritual pre-requisites:
Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it true? Does it improve upon the silence?” ~ Sai Baba
Then, proceed accordingly…with great CONTROL!