Last Updated on August 16, 2023
“Set Goals, Work Hard, Trust Yourself, And Only Stress Over What You Can Control.”
As I navigate through the ups and downs of life, I’ve come to realize that one of the most important things I can do for my well-being is to focus on what I can control.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in things that are out of our hands, whether it’s the actions of others or the unpredictable nature of the world around us.
But when we put our attention on what we can influence, we open up a world of possibility and empowerment.
For me, focusing on what I can control means taking a step back and evaluating the situation at hand.
It means recognizing the things that I have agency over, such as my own thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes.
It also means accepting the things that I cannot change, such as the past or other people’s choices.
One area where I find this particularly helpful is in my work life.
As someone who is passionate about my career, it can be all too easy to get wrapped up in the expectations of others or the pressures of the industry.
But when I remind myself that I can only control my own actions and reactions, it takes the pressure off of trying to control the outcome of every situation.
Instead, I focus on doing my best work and approaching each task with a growth mindset. This has not only made me more productive but has also helped me find more joy in my work.
Focusing on what I can control has also been a game-changer in my personal life.
I used to spend so much energy trying to change others or bend situations to my will.
But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that this is a futile effort. When I accept that I can only control myself, it frees up so much mental and emotional space.
I can then focus on developing healthy habits, cultivating strong relationships, and pursuing my passions.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that I don’t care about what’s going on in the world or in the lives of those around me. But by focusing on what I can control, I am able to approach these situations with a sense of clarity and purpose.
I can advocate for causes that matter to me, support my loved ones through tough times, and find ways to make a positive impact on the world around me.
Ultimately, focusing on what I can control has helped me to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
It has allowed me to let go of the things that don’t matter and invest my time and energy into the things that do.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about your own life, I encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself: what can I control?
I think you’ll be surprised at how much power you have when you focus on the things that are within your grasp.
Best Control Quotes From Different Books
“But Taborlin knew the name of all things, and so all things were his to command.”
“A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul. She grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.”
“Human beings are not reasonable creatures. Instead of being ruled by logic, we are ruled by emotions. The world would be a happier place if the opposite were true.”
“You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts.”
“… like all men of power, when he talked of prices worth paying, you could be sure of one thing. Someone else was paying.”
“I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control.”
“Although he could not put it into words, he knew not only had they resolved to put him to death, but they were determined to make his death mean more than a mere punishment; that they regarded him as a figment of that black world which they feared and were anxious to keep under control.”
“Power is habitually buried. Think of the Protectorate bunkers on Harlan’s World. Or the Caverns the Envoy Corps hid you in while you were made over in their image. The essence of control is to remain hidden from view, is it not?”
“The personality formed in an environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative.”
“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”
“The Clayr saw me, the Wallmaker made me, the King quenched me, the Abhorsen wields me so that no Dead shall walk in Life. For this is not their path.”
“Death ain’t nothing but a fastball on the outside corner.”
“The rage rises again, and I don’t even want to control it. But what can I do about it? What can I do to avenge my brother, or even try to save the others?”
“A year ago today, I was undoing my husband. Now I am almost done reassembling him.”
“We have no control over the reality that in this world we will have trouble, but we have control over whether we decide to allow our hearts to be troubled.”
“The moony, girlish state her notes had left me in, it sickened me. It embarrassed me. Marrow-deep embarrassment, the kind that becomes a part of your DNA, that changes you. After all these years, Amy could still play me. She could write a few notes and get me back completely.”
“A man’s emotions are what define him, control is the hallmark of true strength. To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”
“George said wonderingly, ‘S’pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, . . . We’d just go to her . . . We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Jus’ say, ‘We’ll go to her,’ an’ we would. Jus’ milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.”
“Your subconscious never sleeps. It is always on the job. It controls all your vital functions. Forgive yourself and every one else before you go to sleep, and healing will take place much more rapidly.”
“Let no one rule your mind or body.”
“I sensed vaguely that she was going to pay dearly for it all. . . .”
“Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered. One may be a free man and yet be bound tighter than a slave.”
“They control the food, they control us. Some people know how to grow food, some know how to process it, others know how to cook it. But none of us know how to do it all. We could never survive on our own.”
“Bought, did you say? All these things? Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again?”
“Far from being a liability, a high turnover rate in the meatpacking industry—as in the fast food industry—also helps maintain a workforce that is harder to unionize and much easier to control.”
“You can’t control the weather. You aren’t in charge of the economy. You can’t undo the tsunami or unwreck the car, but you can map out a strategy. Remember God is in this crisis.”
“You control what you can control—your image, the way you conduct yourself, the way you let men talk to and approach you—and use that to get the relationship you want.”
“But now George has TB and they tell me he may even die… Which adds to that darkness in my mind, all these DEATH things piling up suddenly — But I cant believe old Zen Master George is going to allow his body to die.”
“And it’d be our own, an’ nobody could can us. . . . An’ if a fren’ come along, why we’d have an extra bunk, an’ we’d say, ‘Why don’t you spen’ the night?′ An’ . . . he would.”
“You have no control. Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”
“Fear is how they control you. There’s so much in the world you don’t have to be afraid of, if you would only open your eyes.”
“I am the one thing in life I can control.”
“It is when we lose control that we repress the emotions, not when we are in control.”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“It is not the demands of the job that cause the most stress, but the degree of control workers feel they have throughout their day.”
“Anything that causes you to overreact or under react can control you, and often does.”
“At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.”
″A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
“The ambition of Caesar and of Napoleon pales before that which could not rest until it had seized the minds of men and controlled even their unborn thoughts.”
“If you wish to be happy, Eragon, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and that which you are able to change.”
“Why worry about things you can’t control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?”
“Worrying, obsessing, and controlling are illusions. They are tricks we play on ourselves.”
“I scarcely recognized her voice. No warmth, no sweetness. The doll had a doll’s voice, a breathless but curiously indifferent voice.”
“No” is a word that must never be negotiated, because the person who chooses not to hear it is trying to control you.”
“I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.”
“I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created.”
“Bertha is not my name. You are trying to make me into someone else, calling me by another name. I know, that’s obeah too.”
“They ordered the extermination of all minds they couldn’t control.”
“Everything that every Earthling has ever done has been warped by creatures on a planet one-hundred-and-fifty thousand light years away. The name of the planet is Tralfamador.”
“Fortune . . . shows her power where valour has not prepared to resist her, and thither she turns her forces where she knows that barriers and defences have not been raised to constrain her.”
“I let the mop push me back to the wall and smile and try to foul her equipment up as much as possible by not letting her see my eyes –they can’t tell so much about you if you got your eyes closed.”
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Powerful Quotes To Control Your Thoughts
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
“Business is the ultimate sport. In business, as in sport, the one thing you can control is effort.”
“I learned long ago to focus on things you can control and don’t even pay attention to things you don’t.”
“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.”
“Control the things you can control. As for the rest – God bless it all.”
“Worry about the things you can control; the rest will either work themselves out, or they’ll kill you. Either way, no more worries.”
“I really believe the only thing you can control in those situations is what you do as a player but also how you interact with your teammates, which is critical.”
“You can’t control the opposition, but you can control how you play, your energy level, your intensity on the ice. That’s what we’re going to do.”
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
“People spend all their time focused on things they can’t control. In truth, there are only two things you can control: your attitude and your work ethic.”
“The secret of confidence is focusing on what you can control, not on what you can’t.”
“I like to apply storytelling methods and techniques to try to frame the story in an interesting way, but you can never control what’s happening.”
“Don’t worry about what you can’t control.”
“Love makes everybody a victim because it’s something you can’t control. You can’t control how you feel or what you’re going through when you’re doing it.”
“Invest your energy in the things you can control.”
“You have to control what you can control, not the entire game, and try to play the best soccer possible and play clean and be smart and professional.”
“Set goals for things you can control. In my case, I can’t control the marks from the judges, but I can control how I train every day, and I can control my performance.”
“At the end of the day, you’re responsible for yourself and your actions and that’s all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can’t control, try to fix the things you can.”
“You want to change your life? Control the only thing you can control: the meaning you give something.”
“Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.”
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
“Besides, the only thing you can control in life is your wardrobe. Cars break down when you least expect it. Boats eat money and gas. Your house, your mate, your friends, your family, even your career, are beyond your control. However, you’re in total command of what you put on your back each morning.”
“You can only control what you can control.”
“Forget the last shot. It takes so long to accept that you can’t always replicate your swing. The only thing you can control is your attitude toward the next shot.”
“If you change the rules on what controls you… you will change the rules on what you can control.”
“Set goals, work hard, trust yourself, and only stress over what you can control.”
“I wonder if killing yourself is the only thing you can control in your entire life, and that’s why it’s a sin. Because you’re beating God at his own game.”
“You focus on the things that you can control, and that’s what I’m doing.”
“Its impossible to control the reception of your work – the only thing you can control is the experience of writing itself, and the work you create.”
“You’re really playing against yourself. You have to learn what you can control and what you can’t, and not let what you can’t control affect your confidence.”
“There is always pressure in this game and outside of it but as long as you control what you can control the pressure will be used to my advantage, like what the saying goes ‘no pressure, no diamonds’.”
“You’ve just got to go out there and try to control the things you can control. Deal with things and stay mentally strong.”
“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
“You can say what Pilates is in three words. Stretch with Strength and Control. And the control part is the most important because that makes you use your mind.”
“While you can’t keep your heart from getting broken, you can stop breaking your own heart…once you realize the difference between what you can control and what you can’t, and that it’s far, far more fun to lavish all that attention on your own self-worth.”
“Have big dreams but focus only on what you can control: your own thoughts, words and actions. This was Gandhi’s way … in the words of Buddhist poet Gary Snyder, our job is to move the world a millionth of an inch.”
“When you look back from your Olympic experience, you never want to question whether you could have done more. The one thing you can control is your off-ice preparation.”
“If you keep your eye on the doughnut and do your work, that’s all you can control. You can’t control any of what’s out there, outside yourself.”
“Because I’ve learned that you can’t control what other people are going to think about you. The best you can do in life is not piss yourself off.”
“A tattoo is an affirmation: that this body is yours to have and to enjoy while you’re here. Nobody else can control what you do with it. “
“When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly.”
“Since no one but you can know what’s best for you, government control can’t make your life better.”
“You can’t control people. You must understand them. You have to know where they’re coming from, their beliefs and values, what turns them off, what they’re against.”
“I learned early on that there are certain things you can control in the press, and things you cannot.”
“You can learn not to want what you want, to recognize desires but not be controlled by them.”
“I said what I felt, and people try to control people. But you can never control me. I’m a 31-year-old juvenile delinquent. Nobody can control me.”
“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Focus all your effort on what is in your power to control.”
“Just write, get better, keep writing, keep getting better. It’s the only thing you can control.”
“As the director, you cannot control what people do after hours or in their trailers or on break. Why would you want to? But you can’t.”
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
“No matter what happens to you, you can maintain your own” control about what you believe and who you are.
“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.”
What Are Quotes And How Can We Use Them In Our Life?
Quotes are powerful expressions of wisdom, experience, and insight that have been passed down through the ages.
They are succinct and profound, capturing the essence of a message in a few words.
Quotes can be inspirational, thought-provoking, and motivating, helping us to see the world in a different way or find the strength to face challenges.
One of the most significant benefits of quotes is that they provide us with a sense of perspective.
They can help us to reframe our thoughts and emotions, reminding us that we are not alone in our struggles and that there is hope for a brighter future.
Additionally, quotes can serve as reminders of our values and beliefs, helping us to stay true to ourselves and our goals.
What Are “Focus On What You Can Control” Quotes And How Can They Be Helpful In Our Lives?
For me, a “focus on what you can control” quote is a reminder to stop worrying about things that are beyond my power and instead focus on the areas where I can make a difference.
It’s a call to action to stop dwelling on the past and stressing about the future, and instead, channel my energy into the present moment.
When I focus on what I can control, I feel more empowered and motivated to take action.
I recognize that I have the power to make choices and decisions that can shape my future, and I can take steps to create the life I want.
One practical way I implement this quote in my life is by creating a daily to-do list.
By prioritizing tasks that are within my control and breaking down larger goals into smaller, achievable steps, I am able to focus my energy and make progress towards my desired outcome.
Another way I implement this quote is by practicing mindfulness and meditation.
By being present in the moment and acknowledging my thoughts and emotions without judgment, I am better able to let go of worries and anxieties about the future and focus on what I can do in the here and now.
Incorporating “focus on what you can control” quotes into your daily life can help you to stay motivated, reduce stress, and achieve your goals. Here are some specific strategies for implementing these quotes into your routine:
Create A Daily Routine: Having a set routine can help you to stay focused and motivated.
Prioritize tasks that are within your control, and break larger goals into smaller, achievable steps.
Practice Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help you to stay present in the moment and become more aware of your thoughts and emotions.
This can help you to let go of worries about the future and focus on what you can control right now.
Set Realistic Expectations: Recognize that not everything is within your control. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others, and focus on the things that you can influence.
Take Action: Focus on taking action towards your goals, even if progress is slow. Celebrate small victories along the way and recognize that every step forward is a step in the right direction.
Overall, incorporating the “Focus on what you can control” quote into your life requires a mindset shift towards proactive, solution-focused thinking that prioritizes the present moment over past regrets or future worries With time and practice, this mindset can become a natural part of your daily routine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does “Focus On What You Can Control” Mean?
“Focus on what you can control” encourages us to direct our energy towards the areas of our life that are within our power.
Rather than worrying about things that are beyond our control, such quotes remind us to focus on the present moment and take action on the things that we can influence.
By focusing on what we can control we can move towards our goals, feel more empowered, and reduce stress and anxiety.
What Is The Power Of Focus?
The power of focus is the ability to remain focused on a single goal, task, or project. Focusing can be achieved through self-control, hard work, or with the help of a focus object. The ability to focus can help you achieve success in your life and controlling what is in your hands.
What Is A Famous Quote About Being Controlling?
“The person who says they have no weaknesses has never tried to build a wall.” This quote comes from the novel The Great Gatsby. It’s said that this quote was created by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. This quote is a reminder that no one is perfect and that being controlling is not a good thing.
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