The Curious Coach Podcast

Episode 093:
Mini: Locus Of Control

This week’s mini reflective challenge is about a psychological concept called the locus of control and noticing whether you’re internally or externally oriented and what this might mean for you. 

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Hi there and welcome to this week’s mini episode of The Curious Coach Podcast.  This week’s episode is about your locus of control.   This is a fairly simple psychological concept that refers to how strongly people believe they have control over events and influences on their lives.   It was developed by Julian B Rotter in 1954 and essentially there’s two dimensions:  An internal locus of control and an external locus of control.

Those with an internal locus of control have a strong belief that they are in control of what happens to them and the resulting achievements or mishaps.   They might believe or say things like “If I work hard, then I’ll achieve my goal”, or “I messed up because I didn’t know enough to consider all the options”.   

Someone with an external locus of control might have beliefs where what happens is more down to luck, change or other people rather than themselves.  They might belief that success might be a case of being in the right place at the right time, or blame someone else if they don’t achieve a goal.  

It’s also important to note that it might not be clear cut between one or the other, but more of a continuum towards one way or thinking or another.  You  might even notice that your locus is orientated differently depending on the situation.  

So my challenge for you this week is to become aware of the locus of control and notice whether you tend to be more internally or externally orientated.  And to be curious about how that be impacting your behaviours and thought processes.   

For example, if you’re externally orientated, an extreme view is that you might end up being a passive bystander in your own life as what happens is outside of your control and simply down to fate.   If you were to move along the continuum to be a little more inner orientated, how might that show up for you, how might that affect your thinking or behaviour?

So that’s this week’s challenge – simply start to notice your own thinking around situations and events in your life and be curious about where you own locus of control lies and reflect on what this might mean for you?

As always, I’d love to hear how you got on.  So please leave a comment on LinkedIn or drop me an email to [email protected] – And until next time, stay curious