Before I started my own business in 2012, I worked for years in the financial services industry for wealthy families and family offices. I got to see on a daily basis exactly what it meant to take control of your life financially. From a money perspective, my clients were able to do what they wanted. The vast majority had their own businesses and so were also taking charge professionally.
I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life one day and I set out on a mission to make it happen.
Your life belongs to you, and you can avoid letting others control it with some careful planning and the courage of your convictions.
Doing what others want you to do with your life robs you the success, fulfillment and happiness you deserve. Stand by what you really want to do and go for it with all your heart and you’ll achieve what you desire.
Are you a people-pleaser that tries to make everyone else happy instead of focusing on your own needs? I know I definitely was, and even now I find myself falling into old bad habits sometimes. Finding a balance is important, and it’s within your reach. You can begin taking charge of your life, right now, by remembering some simple rules and making a few choices about the direction you want to take.
Life is Full of Challenges You Can Turn Into Opportunities
Do you hide when you see a challenge coming up? Instead, you can take that challenge and make it into a great opportunity to do something important. Challenges help to shape who you are and what you do with your life, so face them and get through them to experience the truly fulfilling life you crave.
I’m a recovering perfectionist. I used to be more scared to fail than to try and learn from my experiences. A lot of the time I ended up feeling stuck.
Making the switch and being willing to fail over and over again has been one of the keys to my success.
You’ll be a stronger person for taking charge of your life. Prove to yourself that all you really need is your abilities, as they’re sufficient for the task. Don’t let imposter syndrome rear its ugly head. You can face and conquer anything, provided you refuse to give up. Even when things don’t go your way, you can learn from the experience and still press forward toward your victory.
Ways to Take Control of Your Life
Try these techniques to help you become truly in charge of your life:
- Learn how to say ‘no’ to people. This can take some practice, but it’s important that you realize it’s okay to say no when someone wants you to take on too much or do something that you aren’t comfortable with.
- Take time to focus on your goals. If you’re unclear about what you’re doing or where you’re going, how can you have control over your life? Decide on a direction and take it. You can change directions later if you find that you’re not following the path of your heart.
- Enlist help. Taking control of your life means drawing strength from the support of those you love. Advice from a neutral party can be very helpful. Just remember to take it only as advice. Trust your heart and give yourself permission to go against the advice you receive. However, seeking wise counsel will speed you toward your goals.
If you follow your heart and take steps toward what you want, taking charge of where you’re going will be easier than you think. Acquiring this control may take time, but you can start working on it right away.
When you begin taking charge of your life, people may disagree with you and challenge your direction. Remind yourself that you have the right to your own life, without interference from others, even if they mean well.
Show those who challenge your new direction your happiness and love. When they see the smile on your face and the spring in your step, they’ll know that you’re following your heart and chasing after the dreams that matter to you.