How to Cultivate a Focused Mindset by Prioritizing What You Can Control

Aaron Bouren
2 min readApr 17, 2023

In today’s fast-paced world, distractions are everywhere, making it challenging to stay focused on our goals. However, focusing on what we can control can help us cultivate a focused mindset and increase our productivity. Here are four strategies for prioritizing what we can control to help us achieve our goals.

  1. Identify What You Can Control- The first step towards cultivating a focused mindset is identifying what we can control. Often, we waste our time and energy worrying about things beyond our control, such as social media likes, traffic, or the actions of others. Instead, we need to focus on what we can control, such as our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
  2. Create a Plan of Action- Once we’ve identified what we can control, we need to create a plan of action. This plan should outline the steps we need to take to achieve our goals. We need to break down our goals into smaller, more manageable tasks that we can control. By doing this, we’ll be more likely to stay focused and motivated.
  3. Practice Mindfulness- Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment. It can help us stay focused on what we can control by reducing our distractions and increasing our awareness of our thoughts and emotions. We can practice mindfulness through activities like meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few deep breaths throughout the day.
  4. Let Go of What You Can’t Control- Finally, we need to let go of what we can’t control. We need to accept that there will always be things beyond our control, and we can’t do anything about them. By letting go of these things, we’ll free up our energy and focus on what we can control.

So, to summarize, cultivating a focused mindset by prioritizing what we can control is essential for achieving our goals. By identifying what we can control, creating a plan of action, practicing mindfulness, and letting go of what we can’t control, we’ll be able to stay focused and productive. Let’s make the most of what we can control and achieve our goals!

Originally published at on April 17, 2023.



Aaron Bouren

Aaron Bouren, CEO of Bouren Ventures, is an entrepreneur, public speaker, sales trainer, and marketing expert. Learn more at