If It’s Important, Control It!
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Now you will immediately be labelled a Control Freak by people who don’t understand your intention, or are losing because you are winning, or people who are jealous, envious or just down right incapable. If you wanted to control everything, then I would agree with them, you are a control freak. However, if you control things that are important, like your health, your financial future, your children’s education, then not being in control is just irresponsible.
Here are some principles to follow:
- Determine what is important and take total control of it. Focus on the critical few, not the trivial many since it is non-sense to think that everything is important. Determine what is most important.
- Make all the important decisions, determine who else is involved and can impact those decisions, and then ask if they are worthy of your trust. Control does not mean you do everything, but you should at least oversee everything important and then maintain even the smallest details at a high level. Don’t become complacent.
- If you are uncomfortable with the term control than re frame it in your mind as self-reliance. I have never heard anyone called a self-reliance freak! Remind yourself each day why that you are becoming self-reliant and that the reward will be worth the effort.
By Eamonn Percy