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Clay Moffat On Taking Control: Mastering the Art of Handling Unpredictable Situations Like a Pro

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Clay Moffat, Mindset Expert, High Performance Coach
Clay Moffat, Mindset Expert, High Performance Coach

Clay Moffat On Taking Control: Mastering The Art Of Handling Unpredictable Situations Like A Pro

Are you tired of feeling like you’re constantly at the mercy of circumstances beyond your control?  Do you wish you could handle unpredictable situations with confidence and grace, instead of freaking out?

Everyone has moments that they are not in control, some consistently, others rarely, and yet, everyone has them.  That includes the best performance coaches you know, buddhist monks, men and women of god, no one is immune.  Why? Because we’re human, we have systems that are designed to operate on survival and have limits to what we can tolerate. We have also been conditioned by people who did the best they could within their limits which affects us more than we realize. 

Let’s face it, life can be a real rollercoaster ride.  It’s not your fault that you respond the way you do, but it is 100% your responsibility to change it. No one else is going to do it for you, and, why should they? It’s your life and if you want to be in the driver’s seat, it means taking responsibility. 

Sometimes everything seems to be going according to plan, and other times it feels like nothing is working out in your favor. But here’s the thing: no matter how out of control things may seem, there are always two things you can control: your thoughts and your actions.

“Who is driving the bus…”

When you understand that someone else driving the bus means you are living your life under their control, it should make you feel rotten. Someone else is in control of your destiny, of your future, of your every move. If you understand that, then allow me to show you how you can take back control. 

It’s all about understanding the law of control: your thoughts control your feelings, your feelings control your actions, and your actions control your events. In other words, by changing the way you think and react to what’s happening around you, you have the power to change your outcomes.

Now, I know this may sound easier said than done. We’re all creatures of habit, and it can be hard to break out of our old patterns of thinking and reacting. But trust me, with a little practice, you can learn to take control of your life, even in the most unpredictable of circumstances.

It’s easier than you think… Maybe there are times where you think you can’t influence your thoughts. Where they start racing, getting faster and faster, and before you know it you are spiraling out of control down the freeway at 220 miles per hour… So… instead of doing what people will tell you repeatedly to just calm down, go the opposite direction. 

“Bottom up control…” 

Bottom up control means controlling the nervous system (this include your brain) by using the body. It works, it’s proven, the science is out, anyone can do this. If you’re alive, you have a pulse, and are breathing… You Can Do This…

So, bottom up control means manipulating your body, to manipulate your brain. Adjust your posture, adjusting your breathing location, adjusting your breathing pace, forcing a smile, forcing a laugh. While some of these sound trivial and lame, they all work. Leverage what you already have to get on top. 

So, the question is: what thought or action do you need to change in order to take control of your life? It’s time to find out and start mastering the art of handling unpredictable situations like a pro.

 

 

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