One of my primary goals in life is serenity, or as some like to put it, peace of mind. I view such a mental state as key to lasting happiness. Serenity comes down to two words: control and acceptance.
It can take years of maturing through failures and pain to realize that we are not in control of very much.
When we want to control the uncontrollable, we experience frustration and disappointment, which left unattended, can easily progress to anger, or even rage.
To gain peace of mind, we need to relinquish control and learn to accept things as they are.
In most cases you cannot FIX people and only have a minor influence on other things/situations.
Breaking this habit of control is the single biggest breakthrough I have witnessed in people I have coached.
Here’s how to break that habit in 3 simple steps:
1. Commit to not trying to control people and things
2. Carry a copy of the serenity prayer with you.
"God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference"
3. When you notice yourself becoming agitated with people or circumstances, PAUSE. Pull out the serenity prayer, read it, and think about it.
The most challenging part is recognizing the urge to control and remembering to do it. As you practice this simple method, you’ll catch yourself earlier and earlier. Soon, it will become your new way of being. You will be free of the need to control the uncontrollable. And you can enjoy the rewards that come with peace of mind.
I wrote this little guide for my clients. It contains detailed instructions for the most powerful exercise I have in my toolkit.
I call it the Serenity Method and it has created the biggest breakthroughs with the business owners I've coached. Increased profitability. Increased productivity. And most importantly: increased peace of mind.
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