Control People Can Change
Do the people around you consider you a control person? The problem for control people is their fear that bad things will happen to the people around them, especially those closest to them. So, they try to control almost everything to prevent those bad things from happening.
That isn't fun for them or the people around them.
But, can control people change?
Yes! You can stop controlling everyone around you. You can lighten your own burden and remove the load you have placed on others. Change can happen by just changing the words you use. But, it only happens when you practice freedom for you and everyone else.
Is My Fear Real or Imaginary?
Okay, think about real dangers and imaginary ones. The problem for control people is discerning the difference. How can you know if a fear is imaginary? The answer comes from considering time – as in past, present and future. Control people see current behaviors and forecast a future end result of the behavior, and that future result is always bad!
Control people, memorize this simple phrase.
Imaginary fears refuse to use MAY for unknown outcomes!
When you have the urge to control, you use WILL not MAY – it WILL happen! That drives even more energy to prove the “FACT” that bad things WILL happen.
Boundaries and Controls Are Still Needed
That does not mean that you remove all boundaries and controls. You will see how control, freedom, consequences, and self-governance are an outstanding combination that fit God’s ways. We call it the Freedom V!
For example, in my son's early life, his unorganized, unkempt room irritated me. That unclean room became a huge issue when I mixed truth with speculation. I projected dire future results that would multiply upon him if he didn't become responsible and clean his room. "If he is not responsible in small things, he will not be responsible in big things. His messy behavior will translate into poor work ethics, which will make it difficult to keep a job. He will not be able to support a family and he will ... (fill in the rest of the story with heartbreak and tragedy.)"
That is the thinking of control people. But reality says, I CAN'T know the future (apart from what God has revealed), so freedom for me required that I understand the difference between real and imaginary fears.
Your Fear Is Mostly Imaginary
You fear them experiencing the consequence and you fear dealing with the consequence with them. Those are bad options for you, so that drives you to control. “I don’t want to see them go through that, so I must prevent it from happening!” Or, “I don’t want to be the ‘bad guy’ to put the consequence on them, so I must prevent it from happening!”
When you fear what might happen, it creates a structure that demands that you control! You may know the FEAR acronym. Our adaptation of it is…
Future Events Appearing Real.
For control people, when our fear is in the FUTURE, it is imaginary, because the future has not happened. "But, the probability of it happening is real!" Sure, there are always probabilities and possibilities, but even if it has a 99% chance of happening, we still don't know, therefore, it is imaginary.
The critical element is – what is the real threat? What am I afraid of right now? Most often it is not the situation or even other person’s behavior, but your own fear of what might happen!
So, learn to ask, "Is this fear real or imaginary?"