The stress we all deal with on a day-to-day basis is alot to handle. For better or worse, there are many things in our lives that are out of our control. However, if you place all of your attention on the things you can’t control instead of putting the focus on what you can control, it’s likely that you’ll feel even more stressed out – like you have no control over your own life. However, this is not the case.
Believe it or not, there are a bunch of very important things you can control in life. If you focus on what you can control, you can change your mindset for the better, resulting in a more positive outlook on life and a can do attitude.
Here are 4 ways to focus on what you can control.
The first step to focus on what you can control is to make a list of “things I can control.” When you take a step back and make this list, you’ll likely realize that you have a lot more control than you thought.
Here are some ideas to put on your “Things I Can Control” list.
Use these as inspiration for your “Things I Can Control” list and add anything else that applies to you. Keep this list somewhere handy so that you can reference it anytime you feel like your life is out of control, so you can remember that there are always things you can control.
As we mentioned, one of the things you can control is your breath. The breath is a super powerful tool, and the more you use conscious discipline to focus on your breath, the better you will get at being able to stay grounded in the present moment and focus on what you can control. Not only will practicing mindful breathing help you learn to stay focused on things you can control, but it will also bring you other benefits such as being better able to manage anxiety and stress.
Here is one simple way to practice mindful breathing to focus on what you can control:
Mindful breathing requires conscious discipline, but the more you do it, the easier it will get, and you will certainly notice the benefits.
When you focus on what you can control rather than things that you can’t control, this helps you cultivate positivity. Think about it: if you focus on all the things that are out of your control, you’ll likely feel stressed out and maybe even pessimistic. You might feel like things will never change, or you might feel stuck. On the other hand, if you use conscious discipline to shift your attention to focus on what you can control, you will have a more positive mindset, and feel like you have the power and strength to control what you can control. Remember, a little bit of positivity can go a long way!
Along with cultivating positivity, keeping a “can do attitude” can help you to focus on things you can control, while also actively working towards controlling these things. It’s one thing to just think about the things you can control, but it’s another thing to practice the things you can control. We suggest taking a look at your “Things I Can Control” list every day and asking yourself what you can do to enact at least one or two of these action items. Keep your can do attitude no matter which item on the list you’re referencing – whether it’s your breathing or your attitude.
It’s going to take time to shift your mindset to focus on what you can control – but stick with it. It will be well worth it. With conscious discipline and a can do attitude, you can change your life. If you need some extra help, try to focus on what you can control and develop new healthy habits with our app. You can also take our 21 day challenge to really get your life on track.
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