We go to conferences, events, networking meetings and other gatherings.
Often the agenda is to sell, gather contacts, make a return on investment. It’s all about the Dollars and Cents.
What if the agenda was to listen, evaluate and learn?
Perhaps the short term bucks would be less, but longer term the return could be a great deal higher.
Play the long game and adjust the agenda.
Controlling ourselves is hard.
It means overcoming demons, it means creating new pathways in the brain, new habits, it means being intentional about change.
It requires us to resist the now, resist the instant gratification fix, it means having patience with ourselves. Giving ourselves enough space, time, kindness and compassion to be able to build the new habit.
There is no shortcut, it just takes the small steps, day after day and being kind to ourselves when we react without control.
We could imagine a big stop button in our heads and each time we feel the short term reaction come then press the imaginary button.
Maybe over time, this will help us have more control in our life.
It’s a journey worth taking as being in control of the only thing we can actually control has a massive impact on our joy, happiness and well-being for the long term.
It also has a massive impact for those who matter in your life too.