If after reading this piece, you get up and rewrite your destiny, its purpose would have been achieved.
Are you kicking yourself because of the power you have and don’t use? Because of the thoughts and words you have and don’t express? You have the power within you to control your reaction to any situation and circumstance…the power to foresee your future and rule it when the time comes. Do you use this power or do you not believe in it?
The vagaries of life have the capacity to draw so much energy, time and optimism from us while throwing us different options - both the desirable and the undesirable. If you don’t take control of your life, someone or something else will.
Do you want to be ordinary or brilliant?
You can see the tendency to not take control when you can travel anywhere in the world but only go for vacation to specific places because they are “familiar”. You see this also when you send out job applications to just “any” company or you send applications to “all” companies in the hope that at least one of them will accept you.
You can see the impact of not taking control when you do not feel fulfilled at your present role but still remain glued to it because it’s “familiar”. When you don’t take control of your life, other people will end up taking the decisions that affect you and you will end up accepting those decisions.
So, I urge you to take control today. No matter where you are or what you are doing, take control of your situation. That alone means that you have decided to steer the course of your life in the direction you want it to go.
If you are in a job that does not allow you to take charge and make decisions even though you are qualified to, get out now. It will suck away your confidence, make you question yourself and eventually affect how you perceive yourself. It will eat away at the person you are and leave you that much worse. Look for a position that allows you to lead - even if you make mistakes along the line.
If your job constantly tries to change your core values - freedom, self-expression, etc, change your job. You’re there to offer your skills for a pay cheque, not your humanity. Stop being subservient and fight the urge to say yes to everything your boss says just because he said so.
Live to fight another day and let that day be today.
This piece is about taking control of your career and yourself. I challenge you to decide who you really want to be today and outline the steps that will get you there.
If I asked you, “Where do you want to be in the next 5 years?”, would you have a solid response for me? Would that response make me want to hire you?
Take control today.