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We Can’t Control The Wind, But We Can Adjust Our Sails

Viktor E. Frankl, who was captured by the Nazi’s in and suffered in the inhuman conditions of the Jewish Concentration Camp Auschwitz writes: “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing, the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. To choose one’s way.” V.E. Frankl (1972)

KEY: No matter the situation we are always in control of our attitude towards it, and thus control our response to it.

TOP TIP: Practise picking the elements of control you have over situations in your life or in your performance choose right now to focus on them more and more. Notice a change in mood?

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