In the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, the first chapter discusses at length why it is important to focus on your circle of control.
The circle of control are the few things in life you have complete and full control over: your actions.
You can’t control the weather.
You can’t control the news.
You can’t control other people.
You can’t control your boss.
The only thing you can control is you and your actions.
This is why anyone who wants to change their lives should focus on health first. You have full control over what you eat as well as when you work out.
Exerting yourself each day toward a healthier life gives you back control of your life.
Every day we wake up with new decisions to make. Every day we have the choice to choose better. If you feel crushing doubt or worry, that’s because you feel like life is happening to you instead of you happening to life.
Psychologists agree that the number one contributing factor to happiness is, “The feeling that your life – its activities and habits – are self-chosen and self-endorsed.”
When you have control over your life, you feel happier. Everyone wants to claim that fitness and making healthier choices is hard, but it’s not. What’s hard is worrying about things you can’t control and can’t do a damn thing to change. That will wear your soul in ways that simply working out never will.
While you can’t wake up one day and have control over your entire life, if you start with the easiest areas to control, you might find that every other area of your life falls together as well.
Here are some ideas to start:
- Remove all soda from your diet
- Commit to eating another cup of vegetables with dinner
- Start riding a bike to work instead of driving
- Eat eggs instead of sugary muffins for breakfast
- Bring a protein shake to work
- Start a muscle building program
- Stretch every evening before you go to bed
Simple, small actions can mean all the difference in your day to day life.
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