• Michael Dahdal

Taking Initiative

Updated: Jan 10, 2020


That proverbial step forward.

It’s easy to outsource responsibility to others – but at the end of the day, it’s about taking initiative and assuming personal responsibility.

Only you can take that proverbial next step forward, it’s a mark of your initiative, the antithesis to stagnation.

Psychologists often talk about an internal and external locus of control.

If you have an internal locus of control, the suggestion is that you tend to assume personal responsibility for just about everything.

Even for things that are beyond your control (which isn’t always healthy).

On the other hand, if you maintain an external locus of control – it means that it’s always someone else’s fault.

Literally nothing is within your control.

There’s a danger in this case that a victimhood mentality can set in, as nothing is within your sphere of influence, neither what happens to you, nor what you do about it.

So it makes it easy to project almost everything that happens in your life onto someone or something else.

The economy.

Bad teachers.

Your parents.

Your past.