Daily Musings - Shane Black

Take Control Of Your Life

Looking back at my entrepreneurial journey, there was a period where I was lost. I had no shortage of business ideas or dreams of what I wanted and where I wanted to be. However, nothing was really happening to turn these into reality.

I kept thinking that things would change, something would happen, I’ll get what I want. I let this drag on for too long before I realised that I needed to take control of my life.

It was my responsibility to make things happen and nobody else was going to do it for me. I had to work out what was needed and ensure everything I did was moving me in the right direction.

Getting my shit together

The first part of taking control of my life was working out exactly what I wanted.

I needed this to be crystal clear in my head. I then created mindmaps on paper so I had something to refer back to.

After I had a plan I was able to break it up into different stages. For example, the amount of work involved, resources needed, money needed, and the ongoing time required.

Next, I had to get in the right frame of mind. Letting go of whatever had happened in the past and realising that to move forward I needed to focus was important.

I read a lot of books, listened to podcasts and followed other successful entrepreneurs and researched how they had achieved what they had. I also learnt how they went about managing their daily lives to maximise each day.

Making shit happen

Now, with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from how other’s had taken control of their life, I was ready to take control of mine.

I started only focusing on tasks and projects that would move me towards my goals. In the process, I had to continually remind myself to say “NO” to other tasks, projects and requests from people so I wasn’t distracted.

A big part of all of this was having self-belief. It’s something that I have always had but during this time I really needed to focus on it.

I continually reminded myself that I could do whatever I wanted and that I would overcome any obstacles along the way. Furthermore, I avoided negative situations and people.

How to take control of your life

  1. PLAN
    Work out what you want in life and break it up into stages with to-do lists.
    Believe in yourself, have confidence and know that you can achieve anything you want to.
  3. FOCUS
    Cut out activities, people and situations that aren’t relevant to where you want to be.
    Work your ass off and make sacrifices until you achieve what you want.
    As you achieve different milestones, reward yourself with some fun.

It doesn’t matter what it is you want in life, most things are achievable if you take control.

Taking control will involve making changes in your life in order for you to have the time, the support and the resources that you need. The necessary changes won’t be easy to make but stay focused and you will get there.

Don’t allow yourself to create any more excuses as to why you can’t take control of your life and have everything you’ve dreamed of. Take control today and don’t look back.

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