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You can control these things

I find it quite intriguing how we can either overestimate or underestimate what we are capable of in most situations. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the simplest things or we become blasé about more serious matters.

No wonder someone wrote the prayer of serenity, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.”

Truly it is critical to know what we can do, what we can control and where we do need to take responsibility. This ability gets better the more we practice, but let me point out seven areas which psychologists believe we can control.

You can control what you do with most of your free time.
You can control your concepts and imagination.
You can control who you choose as your role models.
You can control your tongue.
You can control the causes to which you give your time and goals.
You can control your commitment.
You can control your concerns and worries.

You can control these things, so take the time to practice how to do this. It may take a while, but when you master it, you will realise what progress you are able to make in your life.