There are times in our lives when we get to a natural point where we all take a step back and assess our current situation. Often this is brought about by something happening that we are not expecting – bereavement, house move, redundancy, illness or we just seem to naturally reach a point where we feel the need to re evaluate.All too often, our lives seem to take very set and predictable routes. We are born, grow up, get a job, get a car, get a house, get married, have a family, retire and so the cycle continues. Whilst we all realise that life has a nasty habit of throwing us curve balls to differing degrees, in general that set pattern is pretty similar for us all.Let us take having a family as an example. Unless as a partnership you are wholly against the idea of having children, it seems to be the natural progression for the majority of us. Let’s be fair, it is nature. We are built to procreate and so many of us do. But the need, and often the desire, to earn money still exists and as such, one or both parents continue to work in order to provide for the family unit they have created. And so the cycle continues.However, don’t automatically fall into the trap of waiting for the unexpected to happen before taking control of your life.Speak to any parent, and all will admit that their children grow up fast, too fast. Being part of a family unit is very rewarding but also very busy and it is all too easy to fall into a predictable routine. Before you know it, your children have grown up and left home, and you’re left almost shell shocked at the speed at which it all happened.The lesson here is that if you truly want to spend more time at home being a parent, it is no point leaving it until tomorrow, because it will all be over far too soon. If you have that gut feeling that your life is less than fulfilling, then change it.If you are as I expect – a hard-working, responsible, loving and committed Dad, you deserve a life of total fulfillment. Furthermore, there is nothing in this world that should stop you from achieving this. You are the architect of your own destiny. You are the master of your own fate. You are behind the steering wheel of your own life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have or be except for the limitations you place on yourself with your own beliefs and ways of thinking.