The Way I Want It?

by Mark Forster

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Pathway to Awesomeness.

September 17, 2006

There are loads of professionals—teachers, doctors, therapists, counsellors, coaches and so on—who depend for their professional success precisely on the fact that it’s often easier to control someone else than it is to control oneself.

I’m not talking here about the things which are genuinely out of our control, but the things which are fully in our control—in theory.


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September 17, 2006

There are loads of professionals—teachers, doctors, therapists, counsellors, coaches and so on—who depend for their professional success precisely on the fact that it’s often easier to control someone else than it is to control oneself.

I’m not talking here about the things which are genuinely out of our control, but the things which are fully in our control—in theory.

Have a look in the mirror and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is my body the way I want it to be? (I’m talking here about what you have made of the body you have been given.)
  • Is my weight the way I want it to be?
  • Are my clothes the way I want them to be?
  • Is my fitness the way I want it to be?

Then look around at your surroundings and ask yourself:

  • Is my house the way I want it to be?
  • Is my office the way I want it to be?

All these things are more or less directly under most people’s control. If they are not the way we want them to be then it’s because we are not acting as the person who is controlling our bodies and our environment. There’s someone else in there doing it for us—and not making a very good job of it either!

Time to reclaim control. Choose one aspect of your life to start off with—make it something small—perhaps your desk or your bookcase. Ask yourself, “Is this the way I want it to be?” Don’t put up with it not being the way you want it to be any longer. Work on it until it is exactly the way you want it. You are in charge—why are you allowing it to be any other way than the way you want it?

Once you’ve made that the way you want it to be, choose something else and keep on like this until you have made everything that you have direct control over the way you want it.

That could be quite a journey!

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