Lately I have found that I’ve been taking a little time to “stop and smell the roses” as they say. During this time I have realized just how important it is to put things into perspective.

In the world we live in, we are often consumed by some many different mediums throughout the day. People are stressed about school, or that horrible boss you have to deal with. At the end of the day, does any of that even matter?

One of the things I always ask myself when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed out is “Can I control this?” If the answer is yes, then I take the necessary steps to fix that issue and if the answer is no, then why worry about it? I mean, why worry about something you can’t control? It’s pointless. I think once you start focusing only on the things you can control the outcome of, you will be in a much better place. I used to get overwhlemed with stressful clients and it was really wearing me down. Then one day I realize that I can’t control their thoughts, personalities, or their attitude, so why stress? That stress is not worth any amount of money to me.

If you’re worried about not having enough money, you can control that. The answer is working harder (and smarter). There are many things you can control in this world, so put all of your energy and time into those things. As depressing as this may sound to some of you it’s the truth, we are all going to die one day. Will any of these “stressful” things matter when that day comes? Likely not. And if they do, just realize that you likely had the power to control that outcome.

So my point is, don’t sweat the small stuff. You should be stopping at least once a day to put things into perspective for yourself. I do, all the time. When things start to get a little hectic, I stop and really think about the things that matter. Does it matter that I just lost that deal? Nope because tomorrow the sun will still come up and I’ll have a chance to do it all over again. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be 90 years old and have regrets. Just remember this, does the big picture really care about that awful boss?