Over the weekend, while on a podcast interview I was asked how I consistently continue to grow my brands and businesses so quickly and can almost predict the industry trends before they happen and get in front of them?
This same person even suggested that I was on a very long lucky streak.
I answered his question this way:
I don’t think it’s luck, bust most people will chock up my success to luck in order to justify their shortcomings.
But I do think my success is a byproduct two things…
1) I’m not allergic to hard work like most people are.
2) I’m a control freak.
See, most people think being a control freak is a bad thing. In fact being a control freak comes with a negative stigma.
But I think that’s an ignorant way of looking at it.
Here’s another way to look at being a “control freak”…
Don’t you want control of your health, income, relationships, sanity, thoughts, feelings and happiness?
So what’s so bad about controlling then?
I just take it to the highest level possible where I can stack the deck in my favor and get the biggest outcome out of being a control freak.
A few years ago I heard my friend Craig Ballantyne say: “control what you can, cope with what you can’t”
Now, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but this made sense to me so I went with it.
In fact, I made the decision to control everything within my power.
I control my thoughts.
I control my fitness.
I control my health.
I control my diet.
I control my feelings and emotions.
I control my marketing.
I control what I buy.
I control what I sell.
I control who I associate with.
I control my economy.
I control my relationships.
I control my actions.
I control my decisions.
I control my behavior.
I control who I allow around me.
I control who emails me.
I control who texts me.
I control who calls me.
I control how much money I make.
I control what causes and charities my money gets donated to.
I control my happiness.
I’m a control freak and I accept that I’m 100% responsible for everything in my life.
I used to not be this way. In fact I used to blame every outside circumstance and situation for my lack of success and happiness.
But now I’m a control freak because life’s better this way.And while everyone looks at that term as a bad thing and a weakness in the human character, I look at it as stacking the odds of success, significance, and happiness in my favor.
And those are good things to have stacked in your favor…don’t you agree?
Being a control freak is like having ultimate predictability in your life.And I don’t know about you, but I want my health, wealth, significance, relationships, and happiness to be predictable.
The alternative is to believe that others have control over the outcomes and results in your life – making things unpredictable.
I can tell you this with 100% certainty: no politician, no talking head on TV, no group of people, no war, no economic downturn, and no geographic location has as much impact and control over your life, success and happiness as YOU do.
So if you want a good life, then accept the fact that you’re responsible for everything in your life and then become a control freak…. it’s like being lucky every. single. damn. day.