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Controlling the controllables

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend.

There are lots of concerning things going on right now.

(When isn’t there, I suppose!)

A quote I find useful for this is, “control the controllables”, something Warner Rush said.

Here are a few actionable examples you might find useful.



Your reaction *in the moment*

A lot of people find themselves experiencing difficult emotions and thoughts from time to time.

(It is important not to ignore these and get support if you are overwhelmed.)

But, when we do experience difficulty, however, we are able to decide how we react to what our brain is telling us.

99 times out of 100 we’re better off if we don’t let our brain run on autopilot in a tricky moment.

Don’t forget the plan

When it all ramps us there is also a temptation to “roll with the punches”.

There is also a temptation to look for a “magic bullet” to solve all the problems in one shot.

Counterintuitively, when it’s all going on, it's best to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

The reason why we make plans is for when things get tricky. Take a moment to step back and evaluate whether the plan still serves you and whether adjustments are necessary.

Stressful moments are not the time to throw the baby out with the bathwater!


Go with what you know

The biggest opportunities for growth lie in going out of your comfort zone. We’ve spoken about that before.

But when you’re looking to get a steady hand on the wheel it can often be best to focus on your strengths.

Try not to get lost in the weeds and delegate everything else to others you trust to deliver.

What do you think? When things get a bit much, how do you “control the controllables?”

Of course, if you need a sounding board as it comes to monetizing and mobilizing your big ideas – do not hesitate to get in touch.

I hope you found this useful and have a great week,


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