In a world of endless distractions and desires, it can be difficult to set aside time to really dive deep into what it takes to take control of your life. Fortunately, taking control of your life requires you to abide by certain rules — most of which have been inspired by ancient philosophers. These rules are so powerful that it can be applied to navigate the complexities of life in the modern day and age.
In this article, we’ll be exploring these 7 powerful rules; so sit back relax in a quiet atmosphere and let’s get to it.
Know who you are
You aren’t just like anyone else; you’re unique. So take the time to answer the question of
“who am I?”. Understand your values, beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses. This helps you become more self-aware, which allows you to make choices aligned with your true self leading to increased fulfillment. You can start by journaling, introspection, or seeking feedback from trusted people.
Cultivate courage, wisdom, and moderation
Another step to taking control of your life is cultivating the virtues of courage, wisdom, and moderation. Courage is what empowers you to face adversity; wisdom is what guides your choices; moderation ensures balance in all your life.
What this means for you is enhancement in your decision making skills, relationships, and your overall wellbeing. Thankfully, these virtues aren’t something a few are born with; they are developed.
Live in accordance with nature
This simply means to only focus on the things you can control. This includes things like your thoughts, actions, as well as your choices. It also includes letting go of what you cannot control like the decisions of others as well as external events. Furthermore, it means finding calmness in the acceptance of the unpredictable nature of life.
By following this rule, you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing.
Be a lifelong learner
If you want to take control of your life, create room for more growth by being a lifelong learner. Information is now more accessible than ever. You can learn more from the internet, books, courses, or even mentors. Asides that, it’s important to also remember that seeking knowledge and gaining wisdom also involves learning from our life experiences.
This is such an invaluable tool in modern life. In a society where people easily get anxious and find it difficult to stay present, it’s really important to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine in order to regain control of your thoughts as well as your emotions. In a nutshell, mindfulness is a powerful tool to manage stress, improve your focus, and developing inner peace.
Focus on meaningful relationships
Aristotle once said: “Man is by nature a social animal.”. In today’s world, although we are so interconnected, being in the digital age makes people more isolated than ever before. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to be intentional about building meaningful relationships rather than superficial ones.
Start by investing more time growing your relationships by spending quality time together, being empathetic and actively listening to better understand others, and also surround yourself with people who support you.
Doing this makes you flourish and helps build emotional resilience in the process.
Set goals and pursue them
To take control of your life, pursue your goals like a cheetah chases its prey. Make sure they are clear and achievable. Most importantly, ask yourself why you need to accomplish this. This gives it more meaning and helps you stay persistent amidst setbacks. Also, the good thing about this is that it gives you direction, a sense of purpose and accomplishment. So whether it’s career or fitness related, or even a personal aspiration, the art of setting goals and pursuing them puts you on the right track to self-mastery.
By the time you normalize these rules, you’ll have experienced profound personal growth and empowerment. Take a look at each of these rules as often as you can to remind yourself that it is indeed possible to take control of your life to live a more intentional and fulfilling life.