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Control the uncontrollable

Posted on Oct 15 2011

Let’s face it, there are some aspects to running a successful artistic career that you simply can’t control. Various issues seem to overwhelm and interfere with your progress. Rather than sit around and worry about these challenges, take a different tactic.

Despite the seemingly uncontrollable nature of things, you can control one aspect: YOUR reaction. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and playing the blame game, you can choose how you deal with these issues. Focus your reaction to the positive ways you can work to overcome whatever is blocking your journey.

Maybe this boils down to ‘make the best with what you already have and stop worrying about what’s missing’ or a similarly trite platitude. Maybe there’s more to this than that simple advice. Think about it.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”

Robert Frost

We all suffer a lot of stresses, some huge and life-changing and others mind-numbingly trivial. Our reaction is often a negative and detrimental emotional response. That’s counter-productive. When confronted with these stresses, take a moment to step away and calm your initial response. Then, search for a more rational stance. What you want to do is channel misguided energy into a resource you can call upon.

So, jettison those aspects of life that are beyond your control and instead use the strength you gain to move ahead.


1 Comment

  1. Johnny Perez says:

    Good stuff, Jeff, I’ve been realizing these same things as life and work goes. Thanks for your generous wisdom.