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Learning To Focus On Controllables With AI


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Sometimes, we must make important decisions without knowing what will happen in the long run, like moving to another country or pursuing a career change.

When we face uncertainty, it can make us fearful and anxious. However, the good news is we can always focus on our controllables –also known as the things we can control.–

By identifying and working on these factors, we can remain confident and optimistic no matter the situation.

Now, pointing out our controllables can be confusing sometimes, but don’t worry, I will show you an AI-based exercise to help you gain a clearer perspective in times of change.

Finding Your Controllables With ChatGPT

Imagine that I’m considering a career change. I can use an AI model like ChatGPT to identify my controllables and create a step-by-step plan tailored to my needs.

Here is a sample prompt:

“I am a content writer with 7+ years of experience. I have been feeling demotivated recently because my current job isn’t aligned with my personal goals. I want to change careers and turn my hobby as a visual artist into my primary source of income. However, I don’t know where to start, which makes me anxious. Can you provide a list of controllables I can focus on to reduce anxiety? I would also like a step-by-step guide on switching from content writing to visual art.”

And this is what ChatGPT would reply:

screenshot of ChatGPT's interface

Useful, isn’t it?

Identifying Risks And Obstacles With AI

Going further, we can use AI to determine the risks of a career transition and how to deal with them.

Let’s use the following sample prompt:

I am a married woman with two children and a mortage. Considering my particular case, what are the risks of a career transition and how can I manage them?

Here is ChatGPT’s output:

screenshot of ChatGPT's interface
screenshot of ChatGPT's interface
screenshot of ChatGPT's interface

We could even ask ChatGPT to review our resume and provide feedback. There are endless possibilities.

Knowing Our Controllables Is A Powerful Resource

By pointing out our controllables, we can invest our time and energy in factors within our reach (e.g., building an online presence and improving our skills).

This approach can bring us closer to unexpected opportunities and reduce anxiety about new beginnings.

If you’re going through significant life changes, try this exercise. Also, consider using AI as a personal assistant to give yourself more time to focus on important things during this period.

For example, you can ask ChatGPT for tips on adjusting your family budget while transitioning to a new career. Some note-taking apps like Notion have also implemented AI to help you stay organized easily.