169: What CAN You Do?

Apr 23, 2016

Today is a minisode to help you shift from a focus on all the things beyond your control to all the things squarely within your control.

We’re talking about the difference between having an internal locus of control & an external locus of control.

Essentially, when we focus on things we don’t control like the actions of our family or the things we’ve done in the past, we automatically feel less in control of our choices and more frustrated.

When we acknowledge all those things beyond our control but redirect our focus to all that is within our control, we accelerate our progress while dramatically improving our attitude & confidence.

There is ALWAYS something within your control. In today’s minisode I’ll show you how to redirect some of the most common frustrations to an effective & simple internal locus of control.

Don’t forget: we’re kicking off our journaling challenge on May 1st and I’ve created a free food journal for everyone who is taking the challenge! Click the banner below to get yours!

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Internal Locus of Control & Weight Loss

Locus of control refers to the place or position of control. You can either place control on circumstances and other people or you can own control as coming from your choices & decisions.

What is an internal locus of control?

People with a high internal locus of control believe in their own ability to influence their own choices and circumstances. They believe the impact they have over themselves & their lives is more significant than the influence of others on them. They have a perspective of control, ownership, potential & possibility.

What is an external locus of control?

People with an external locus of control tend to see things as happening to them and being more influenced by others than by themselves.

What is the link between the internal locus of control and weight loss?

Individuals with an internal locus of control related to weight loss tend to take responsibility for their actions & their results and instead of blaming others, they understand that despite what happens to them or around them, they still control their attitude & choices.

How can we shift from an external to an internal locus of control?

Practice redirecting your focus toward answering the question, “What can I do?”

There are many things beyond our control. Focusing on those things isn’t productive.

We can’t control what our spouse says, does or eats.

We can’t control whether or not our friends are supportive.

We can’t change what has happened in the past.

What can we do?

In today’s episode I’ll go through some of the common challenges that represent an external locus of control and share how to switch to an internal locus of control to help accelerate your results and improve your attitude.

Don’t forget! We’re kicking off the 31-day journaling challenge and I’ve even created a FREE food journal for you! You can get your free journal by clicking the link below!


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