Controlling The Controllables

In life, there are certain things that are beyond our control. We cannot always change our circumstances, but we can control our thoughts, attitudes, and actions towards them.

Part of keeping mentally fit is working out what you can control and what you can’t.

Divide a page into two and list on one side the things you feel you have some control over

and on the other side the things you can’t. Aim to let go of the things you can’t.

Worrying is not a solution. It is a trap that most of us fall into that thing that worrying about

something is going to be effective. Maybe 1 time out of 10 our worry might lead to a

solution, but it’s very inefficient and a big drain on our wellbeing. It causes distraction, low

mood and sleep loss.

It’s much more efficient to prioritise the things you can control and focus on them by

creating an action plan where we are doing something towards resolving the problem.


In conclusion, controlling the controllables is an effective mental exercise that can help you navigate life’s ups and downs with more resilience and purpose. By focusing on what you can control, creating a concrete plan, reframing setbacks as opportunities for growth, and making it a habit, you can enhance your emotional well-being and personal growth. Remember, you cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it. So take charge of your life and start controlling the controllables today!

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