1. If you have a strong internal Locus of Control, you believe that the outcomes of your life are something you have control over, as opposed to factors beyond your control.
2. By focusing on factors that you can control (such as your training, nutrition, etc.), you can direct your attention away from factors that you cannot control (such as bad weather for your competition, who your opponent is, etc.).
Today’s Exercise: Locus of Control
Fill out the “Locus of Control” exercise in your Peak Performance Workbook to determine which factors in your life you can control, and then focus on those.
More on the Locus of Control
If you have a strong internal locus of control, you believe that the outcomes of your life are largely determined by internal factors, as opposed to external factors.
If you can learn to direct your attention toward the tasks or factors that you can change and control, you will be more able to get into the Zone and succeed.
You will also be less anxious because you aren’t worrying about things that are beyond your control, such as your teammates' moods, or what the weather conditions will be like on the day of your competition. They are things to hold in mind but you cannot change them.
Being clear about your Locus of Control allows you to focus on the right things at the right time. By concentrating on the things that you can have an impact on, and not getting worked up about those you can’t, you are far more likely to achieve your ideal state and optimal performance.