Control 2016

Tend your own garden…CONTROL

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!

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit