July 10

The ONLY 2 Things You Can Control in Your Business


In the unpredictable tides of life and business, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by factors beyond our control. However, there are two elements that are always within our grasp: our effort and our attitude. 

I was recently inspired by the words of sporting mindset coach Mark Zimmermann, who says, “You can’t control the weather, the opposition…or even your teammates’ performance, but you can always control the effort you put in and the attitude you bring.”

Now, I believe this philosophy isn’t just vital on the rugby field, but crucial in the business arena too. With all of the external pressures we face daily, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But remember, amidst this chaos, our effort and attitude are the only two things we really can control. 

Today, we’ll explore how mastering these elements can lead to significant success,  helping us perform better daily and take control of our response to everyday challenges. 

Consistent Effort

People often ask me how I managed to write three books. To be honest, writing has never been easy or natural for me. I stopped studying English at 16. But I knew that if I made a plan and put in the effort to follow it, the results would come – and they did.

Effort is about showing up every day, not just physically, but with intention and focus. It’s about crafting a well-thought-out plan and the consistent effort to execute it. Often, it’s doing the boring stuff and the grind that ultimately sets us apart. 

To optimise your effort, start by setting clear and achievable goals. Break these goals down into daily tasks and focus on high-impact activities that align with your objectives. In my Elevate and Inner Circle Mastermind groups, we implement 90-day business plans to stay focused and accountable. This framework helps us track progress, reset for the quarter ahead and ensures we prioritise the most impactful projects 

Remember, this isn’t just plonking on a list of paper a whole list of things you’re trying to do this quarter. This is about getting really focused and intentional. Where will you put your focused energy, and what can you do differently to bring 100% effort into your business every day? 

Positive Attitude

In a world filled with uncertainties and challenges, your attitude can become your shield. It shapes how you perceive and respond to external pressures. A positive attitude isn’t about ignoring problems, but facing them with a resilient and optimistic mindset. Practising gratitude, surrounding yourself with positive influences and maintaining a learner’s mindset are crucial steps to foster a constructive attitude.

At the end of each day, I suggest you reflect on the positives and be grateful for the small wins. Surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you, and be open to learning new things to keep your mind agile. During a recent retreat, I experienced firsthand how engaging in different activities like coral restoration and painting can unlock new perspectives and boost creativity. Keeping a ‘win journal’ or a ‘brag box’ can also reinforce a positive mindset, giving you a tangible reminder of your achievements and boosting your confidence when needed.

While we can’t control every aspect of our environment, we can always control our response. I hope you’re inspired to take control of your effort and attitude, transforming your challenges into stepping stones for success. 

Submit your Question: Spotify – click the button below. All other platforms – send me a DM on Instagram or email: [email protected]



Connect with Janine:

Elevate with Janine

The Focus Finder Assessment

Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube

Mentioned in this episode:

Apply to our Elevate Mastermind

Elevate Mastermind


You may also like

The Lesson of Patience

The Lesson of Patience

Is it a Hell Yeah or a Hell No?

Is it a Hell Yeah or a Hell No?
{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Get in touch

0 of 350