7 Ways to Take Control of Your Life Today

UPDATED: September 11, 2023
PUBLISHED: July 25, 2014

For years, you may have been vying to position your business for success, or just to have better relationships where you’re respected, appreciated and cared for. However, your goal may be evading you, driving you to feel like a failure. If this is how you feel or think, then I invite you to shift or be shifted.

When I discovered the simple truth that I exist at this period in history to do one particular thing—to inspire, instill and infuse hope in other human beings—I stopped attempting to be like everyone else and decided to shift my thinking. I quit trying to find my way by mimicking others, and that’s when I found myself. I had lost me for a moment because I thought I had to say everything just right to make others like me because that’s what the experts said. They were wrong. It’s time to shift!

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Yes, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Each spirit exists in a matrix where it pulls things toward it while repelling whatever goes against its worldview. In other words, it is you who attracts people, situations and circumstances rather than the other way around. You’re already pre-wired to be brilliant; you just need to shift your brilliance to tap into this power.

Why Shift Your Brilliance?

Once you shift your brilliance, you have more control over whatever comes your way, and you can define your future in the present. By taking over the wheel on the road leading to your destiny, you can navigate your life away from obstacles and ensure a smooth ride ahead. You also find the spark that makes you unique.

When you find your inner spark, it allows your mojo, your essence and your swag to fill a room. Why? Simply put, you are no longer in the room; the room is in you. And when you recognize that fact, you become present in the moment. You realize that you exist to give instead of get. Your spark becomes the push, the nudge, the shove that everyone needs as time slips into the future. This shift creates other benefits, too:

  • Letting go of whatever is keeping you back and embracing what will push you forward
  • Learning to find significance rather than seek success
  • Identifying your purpose in life and what role you play in every situation you go through
  • Boosting your self-confidence and realizing that you’re not the one damaged here—it’s the situation itself that is damaged
  • Discovering your passion for your job and going the extra mile
  • Building relationships with every side of your business transactions, rather than just selling or buying
  • Uncovering the leader within regardless of your title
  • Connecting deeply with your company’s brand, discovering it thoroughly in the process and promoting it more effectively
  • Boosting your productivity because you actually care about your life and work

These make up just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what shifting can do for you. However, if you decide to let undesirable forces control your life’s journey, you’re bound to feel like a rag doll thrown from one situation into another.

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When you shift, it sets in motion a series of events, circumstances, situations and chance encounters that I like to call “living in the flow.” But how does a person find the courage to shift? Aristotle said, “Where the needs of the world intersect with your talent [gifts, ability, skill and competence], therein lies your vocation [your flow or purpose].”

Your purpose is not about whether you are a “fit” or a misfit. Your purpose is tied to a need or void in the world. The fact is, you are here to meet a need of someone or something. If you look to fill a void in the world, your purpose for existence will manifest itself—and that will make you the right person in the right place at the right time. In other words, it will make you the right fit and this shift enables you to gain control over your life.

7 Tips to Help You Shift and Take Control of Your Life

If you’re ready to take control and lead rather than be led, here are seven tips you should follow:

  1. Stay optimistic and exude positive energy despite the surrounding negativity.
  2. Work on being happy and become known for it.
  3. Remember that there will be those who like you and those who won’t. Don’t waste your time running after the latter. Build yourself to become strong, and they’re bound to come to you.
  4. Become more intuitive and tap into opportunities that are all around you in the matrix.
  5. Operate with tacit knowledge, i.e., do what you do with confidence rather than just doing a task.
  6. Repel inferior energy, especially while you’re building your own, or it will drag you down.
  7. Remember that you may be lonely, but you’re never alone. The quicker you realize this, the less likely it will be for you to succumb to depression and other negative thoughts.
  8. So don’t let the world lead you. Take the steering wheel of your future firmly in your hands, shift into the right gear and become the brilliant person you were created to be.

Excerpted from Simon T. Bailey’s book, Shift Your Brilliance, available in the SUCCESS Store.

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey is an international speaker, writer and personal transformation strategist. He is the author of Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You, Inc., and Be the SPARK: Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life. When he’s not working, he enjoys rooting for the Buffalo Bills (his hometown team).