You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can….

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You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always chose how you respond to it.”

– Roy Bennett

It took me several years of adult life before I came to the realization that I am in control of my life. I don’t get to choose how other people act, but I do get to choose how I react. I don’t get to choose what other people say, but I do get to decide how the words make me feel. I don’t get to decide to have to take on extra responsibilities in the clinic, but I do get to choose if I accept the roles or demonstrate push back.

You cannot control other people’s thoughts, words, emotions, but you control your response. Remember this the next time you are faced with a negative task, co-worker, family member, etc. You can choose your own thoughts, words, and reactions.

Take control of your life!

Erica D the NP is a family nurse practitioner and burnout coach. Erica created The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner to help overwhelmed APRNs create work-life balance, overcome nurse practitioner burnout, and advocate for themselves. The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner offers online courses, coaching, and support. Learn more at

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