One of the most important lessons I’ve learned recently is the distinction between controlling your day and letting your day control you.
At the beginning of each day, you have the opportunity to do something great. The opportunity to take steps towards achieving your goals. To work towards the things that matter to you.
You also have the opportunity to let your day control you. To let other people dictate what you spend your time doing. To let the day play out without foresight as to how and why certain things will happen.
As written in Meditations: “You have to assemble your life yourself – action by action.” And assembling that life starts with controlling your day.
You have to be willing to wake up when you’re tired, say no to the things that don’t matter, and take ownership over what you do before you go to bed again.
If you let the day control you, you will always be working towards someone else’s goals. You will become powerless to the forces of others and float through life without truly embracing all of the opportunities in front of you.
This doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous, or relax, or do things purely for enjoyment. It means that you should be intentional about those things and take ownership over them. The lesson is not necessarily that everything you do has to be planned. The lesson is that the way you act and the decisions you make should be yours.
You are the only person who can determine where your life goes, and if you don’t control each day, then you will have no control over your life.
Controlling your day isn’t hard, but it isn’t easy either. It requires you to live with your head up, not down. It means you embrace situations proactively, not reactively and are intentional about how you spend your time.
You have been given a life filled with endless possibilities, and only by taking control of each day will you make those possibilities a reality.