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Locus of control

06 September, 2020 - 2 min read

"Locus of control is the degree to which people believe that they, as opposed to external forces, have control over the outcome of events in their lives."

It's an interesting thought isn't it? How much control do you have over your life?

Your 'Locus of control' can either be biased towards internal (you believe that your actions matter and you are in control of what is happening) If you want change, then it's up to you to put the work in and make it happen.

Or, external if your locus of control is external then you believe that you're at the mercy of external forces (other people, roles at work, faith etc). You're more or less powerless. It's also common for people to feel anxiety if this is how they feel.

We all want to feel in control of our lives, the more your bias is towards internal the more likely you are to succeed at any given task or objective.

This matters.

I've come to notice when my internal bias starts to lean toward external and I get quite uncomfortable. I don't like the feeling of being at the mercy of the wind. I'd rather take action and make things happen.

Next time you're feeling uncomfortable or unhappy with life, maybe stop and reflect on where your locus of control is.

If you find that the pendulum has swung and it's closer to external than internal, ask yourself what you can do to right the balance and get back in control of things.

Something to think about...

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