What You Do With What You Get

Controlling Your Controllables

Your genetics? Not optional.
How you manage those genetics? Optional.

Your chronological age? Not optional.
Your biological age? Optional.
How you treat your body at your age? Optional.

What you did last week? Not optional (it’s done).
What you do today? Optional.
What you do tomorrow? Optional.

Other people’s behaviour? Not optional (for you).
How you let their behaviour affect you? Optional. 

Crap things happening to good people? Not optional.
How you react to those things? Optional.

You dying? Not optional.
What you do between now and then? Optional.

Choose well Grasshoppers. :)

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Missbkcol March 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I really liked what you said here. Short and to the point! Reading this actually had alot of impact on me for various reasons.

Can’t beat genetics. Damn it that can be a source of frustration at times. lol.

Most of the time I choose really well. Other times my choices have been crap to say the least. I’ve certainly learnt alot along the way.

What I like most about choice is that I’m always free to make a new and different one.



sarahsarah March 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Love it!!


Robyn March 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

If I could bottle this wisdom I’d market it as Essence of Harper. Very nice.


Virginia March 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

Clever delivery as usual. Get into schools and share some of this Craig! It’s gold man. Many of our ‘Little Darlings’ are selfish and vicious and they eat their own kind!!! They could use a few words from The Master wordsmith!


Dragon March 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

Really think this should be introduced into the school curriculum. A simple but powerful life philosophy.

Thanks for sharing


Mel Toohey March 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

Loved today’s straightforward gold.

How did the shirt go? What method did you end up using lol?

Love Mel


Brian March 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

Great article Craig. Thank you

Children’s behaviour has a lot to do with how parents act and react.
The best thing that all us parents can do is get our own thoughts in order.


Beach bear March 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

Starting each day reading Craigs blog: NOT OPTIONAL!!!



Brian Madigan March 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

Straightforward and amazing. At the end of the day we are always at choice in our reactions and how we move forward in our lives. Thanks.


Viv March 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

Short and sharp. Love it!


Sandy Fishwick March 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

This is very good, I have posted this on my facebook page. I am responsible for my decisions, choices and reactions, hence I am responsible for the outcome of my life not others. Reading a very good book at the moment called “Necessary Endings” by Dr Henry Cloud


Taglia March 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Brilliant concise post Craig with a lot of food for thought! It makes me think of the following quotes by Wayne Dyer:

*Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.
*Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
*Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
*Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.

Also something interesting from Dr Bruce Lipton’s book ‘The Biology of belief’ : ‘Stunning new scientific discoveries about the biochemical efforts of the brain’s functioning show that all the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts. The implications of this research radically change our perception of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, but instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts.’ It demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter.


Missbkcol April 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

Love the Dr. Wayne Dyer quotes. Always so common sense. Thanks for the reminder. :-)


Suu March 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I’m doing with what I’ve got. Love putting verbs into my day!


Anon March 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

Hey Craig what about an update on your mum, you have not told us in a long time how she is. Not optional.


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