By Janet M. Shlaes, Ph.D.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Locus of Control is a construct derived from social psychology; it concerns our perceptions of what we can and can’t control and how these perceptions impact our experience in the world, our intentions and our actions. People with a strong internal locus of control believe that much of their life, desires and results, are within their authority to achieve. Their life-narrative is one of potential and personal power. Those with a strong external locus of control tend to experience their world as primarily outside of their power; they often move through the world through a more constrained life-narrative. Perceptions of locus of control can be situation specific and accurate or inaccurate. The crucial factor regarding locus of control is that your perception can and will impact your reality. Awareness regarding what actually is and isn’t within your control conserves the requisite psychic and physical energy for strategically acting on what you want to bring into your life. This approach requires self-awareness and provides freedom from wasting precious time and energy on no-win situations and relationships. What aspects of your life do you have control over?
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