As I think about the day today, there are many factors that are outside my control. There are deadlines I’m working on that were set by others, there are projects that depend on others, I don’t control the weather or the behavior of those I meet (they could be real surly, for example) and can’t ensure this week will be one without any mishaps.
On the other hand, there are so many little things that are actually in my control. I have control over a good proportion of my time and definitely have a fair bit of control over my energy. I can choose to make many micro decisions that would greatly improve the quality of my day and week.
So, are things largely in my control or out of my control? There’s enough data to argue this both ways. It all just depends on what I choose to focus on and the narrative I choose to believe.
The quality of our life is directly related to the stories we tell ourselves.
And, if that is the case, we might as well learn to tell ourselves stories that make our life better.