What’s Within Your Control 

The ancient Stoic philosophers understood this. The ancient wisdom of “The Art of War” and the Tao Te Ching knew it, too. Scripture is filled with reminders of it. Renaissance artists, sculptors, and architects knew it, too. All the great CEOs, business owners, and executives know it, and so do the most elite of elite athletes. David Allen in his seminal 2001 book Getting Things Done emphasizes it, too, along with the now timeless Good to Great by Jim Collins. 

What, you say? 

The only key and path to success is to focus on what is within your control. 

You don’t have to like yesterday’s results. You don’t have to smile through trying yet again. You don’t have to be motivated to do what you know you need to. You don’t have to love one single minute of it. 

But there’s no other way, no shortcut, no easier path.  

The key difference between at best mediocre and wild success is identifying what is within your control and choosing to act on that. 

What’s within your control today? What are you going to do about it? 

And if you do need a little motivation: do you really want the answer to “what did you accomplish today?” to be “nothing”? 


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Craig A. Escamilla
Craig Escamilla helps you find solutions before problems exist. With fifteen years of consulting, teaching, and senior management experience, Craig brings a wealth of practical expertise to helping others work on rather than in their businesses.

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