Where are you looking for success?

In medicine there’s a concept of “locus of control”; it means where the patient looks for control of their condition. A doctor I spoke with recently told me that there are some conditions where they want an external locus of control, looking outside of themselves for instructions – where they need the patient to take their drugs exactly as prescribed. I just hope I never get such a condition (though technically, according to my consultant, I do – I just chose to manage my dosage to a minimum that suits me better). And there are other conditions, like diabetes he tells me, where the patient needs to manage the timing of their medication according to feedback from the body, so an internal locus of control is best.
 
This concept is analogous to that taught in personal development – cause and effect. You can either be at cause for what’s happening in your life, or at effect – stuff happening to you, because of “other people”, or “the system”, or “plain bad luck”. It’s funny that rarely do you hear successful people attributing their success to “plain good luck” – they may say they’ve been fortunate, or they may say, like Arnold Palmer, “the more I practice, the luckier I get”.
 
We can all take responsibility to be the cause of the changes we want. As Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. On Dan Storey’s blog recently, he quotes an old story that bears retelling: a good man has died and arrives in heaven. On arrival he says to God “It’s a hell of a mess down there, you should send someone down to sort it out”. God smiles, and says “I did. You!”
 
In business and personal success terms , an internal locus of control – or being “at cause” is definitely better. So the questions become, “What do *I* need to change so that this can happen?” not “What needs to (magically) change so that this happens”. It’s about where your focus lies – outside, at effect, waiting for others to create the changes you want, or inside, at cause, deciding what action will *you* take, right now, to achieve *your* dreams.

About Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw
About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw