How to Take Charge of Your Life


Do you feel like life is something that happens to you rather than being something you direct? If so, it might be time to take charge of your life. You can make changes, and it isn’t always easy, but it will be rewarding. The tips below can help.

Taking Charge

Your first step should be to think about what exactly you mean by the idea of taking charge of your life. If you don’t use this exact phrase, you probably use something similar, such as get your life in order. The truth is that life is inherently disorderly and no one is in charge. This doesn’t mean that you should give up on making changes. It does mean that in order to really make those changes stick, you may need to think about this whole process a little less rigidly. Maybe you need to prioritize; you can’t do everything, so what are the most important things? It could be understanding that every choice means letting go of another possibility and figuring out what you’re willing to let go of. No one has everything running perfectly, so don’t think of yourself as a failure when this turns out to be a lifelong project. That’s true for everybody.

Education and Career Change

One common way that people take charge of their lives is by changing careers. This can offer you many things: intellectual stimulation, higher pay, the opportunity to work at something that interests you. The first step for this kind of change may be going back to school if you don’t have a degree or if you are switching into a field that requires a specific type of training. If this is the direction you’re headed in, be sure to look online to find and apply for scholarships you are eligible for to help cover your expenses.


Speaking of expenses, finances is another big take charge item in many people’s lives. Many struggle to make their money stretch between pay periods, need to pay off debt or ought to be contributing more to a retirement account. Reading a couple of books on personal finance or listening to podcasts on the topic can help you better address your specific money issue. You might also want to consider visiting a financial professional to talk about how you could break the cycle of debt, better manage your money, and invest it for the best results.


People are unpredictable, so relationships may be the most elusive thing to try to take charge of in life. However, while you can’t change other people, you can change how you react to them, and this is a good opportunity to do that. To start with, figure out if there are relationships you want to change or end. Maybe one friend’s relentless negativity gets you down. That friend may have other good qualities, so you could talk to them and see if they could ease off on that negativity. On the other hand, you may realize that the relationship has little to offer and mostly consists of your friend telling you why all your ideas for change are terrible ones. If this is the case, it might be time to start looking for a new friend.

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