Hope :: What’s Controlling Your Life?

It’s somewhat easy to recognize when certain things are controlling our lives. Things like drugs and alcohol can be obvious, though even with that we miss that they can be controlling our lives.

Other things, such as perfectionism and anxiety, are more difficult to catch but no less life-controlling.

We’re familiar with stress and anxiety. We see it and, very often, we realize when it’s got us caught in its grip. It can seem nearly impossible to get out of the cycle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t realize we’re in it. Being aware is the first step to being able to gain some semblance of control over it instead of it controlling us.

Things like perfectionism can be much more difficult to spot, especially when the basis behind it is actually a good thing. We want to be right; we want to do things correctly.

Just because it has a ‘good basis’ doesn’t mean it is good though. When we focus on perfecting things, we lose sight of the people around us and stop living in the moment. We get so fixated on being perfect – which is not even possible – that it actually takes control of us and we can lose track of ourselves. We end up hurting the people around us.

There are a million different things that can be controlling your life. Sit down and actually think about it for a bit. What controls your decisions and actions? Money? An obsession? A person?

The list could go on and on. How are you going to deal with that? How are you going to work through it? Become aware. It’s your first step.

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2 thoughts on “Hope :: What’s Controlling Your Life?

  1. Interesting post Brittany and I wonder if ‘control’ may sometimes be seen as a continuum, with ‘control’ to one end and ‘influences’ to the other? As a perfectionist myself, I am mindful that ‘good enough’ exists, the trick is to recognize the influence of the tendency but not surrender ‘control’. I do like the thought of control by hope though!

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    1. Interesting thoughts, burfoa! You’re right that “good enough” does exist, and that’s one of the hardest things – I think – for a perfectionist to accept. As for “control” vs “influence”, I’ll have to put some more thought into that!


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