“You are the CEO of your life. Hire, fire, and promote accordingly.” – Pawan Bansal
I work as a Senior Engineer Program Manager, but the most important job I have is actually being the CEO of my life. That means I’m 100% responsible for EVERY decision in my marriage, my friendships, my career, my health and most importantly my happiness. In other words, it’s not what happens to me, but how I react to what happens to me that matters.
What you may or may not realize is that you too are carrying out the responsibilities of a CEO and the organization is…your life. Like me, that means you get to decide what success and happiness looks like for you every single day – especially when life doesn’t always go your way.
In fact, the very secret to showing your life whose boss lies in being able to let go of the things that no longer bring you value. Whether it’s a partner that takes you for granted, an employee that’s not doing their job or a toxic friendship – you have to be able to cut ties with anything and everything that’s no longer serving you.
And if you can’t quite decide if something is or isn’t adding value to your life, I’ll let you in on another little secret: the answer lies in your gut. What I’m talking about is that sick to your stomach feeling you get when something doesn’t quite feel right. In those moments, it’s important to teach yourself to pay attention to that feeling because that’s also going to be a good clue.
But if there’s just one thing I want you to walk away with, it’s this: the moment something stops providing you value is the moment you’ve got to drop it. Because at the end of the day, the quality and happiness of your life depends on what you hold on to just as much as what you’re able to let go.