045: The Power of Choice

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045: The Power of Choice

Today, I’m talking about how we all have the power to make our own choices and decide which opportunities we want to take on. I’m sharing 5 actionable steps you can take to change your attitude from “I can’t” to motivated and driven. After today’s episode, you’ll feel more inspired and ready to begin making purposeful choices that lead you towards big dreams.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • How ‘learned helplessness’ may be a major factor getting in the way of working towards and accomplishing your dreams.
  • What internal locus of control is, and how it will help you be more successful and make improvements for the future.
  • Examples of people who have little to no choices, and how they deal and develop.
  • 5 steps for strengthening your internal locus of control and creating motivation for yourself.

What To Do Next:

  • Use the 5 steps below in the Resources & Links section to begin strengthening your internal locus of control and make intentional choices in your daily life.
  • Listen to episode 043: Analysis Paralysis and make sure you don’t get bogged down by too many choices or fear of where to begin.
  • Listen to The Week Ender this Friday for ways you can instill a strong internal locus of control in your children.

Resources and Links

  1. Be aware that you have a choice even if the choice isn’t your favorite, it’s not your first choice, or it’s just a choice to merely change how you look at things. You can also choose the ways to which you find help and you can choose what ways you choose to cope.
  2. Review your options by making a list of all the possible courses of action. Don’t evaluate each option, just write them down. You can evaluate them later after your initial brain dump but sometimes it helps just to sit down and come up with all the options that are possible. You might be surprised how many choices you really have.
  3. Ask for ideas from a friend. Sometimes it’s so helpful to get an outside party to look in and help you out. Make sure it’s a supportive friend of course and then you really need to listen. Don’t interrupt or argue back about why something isn’t a choice, just write down all their suggestions. They’ll have a different way of looking at the choices then you do.
  4. Choose what’s best for you. When you start making choices, don’t get bogged down into weighing the 5 million options. We already delved into that back in episode 43 with analysis paralysis. Start by focusing on the best choice for you.
  5. Remember that you do have choices. Everything is a choice. Getting out of bed every morning, that’s a choice. Choosing to smile at the lady who passes you on the street, that’s a choice. Life is a series of choices so enjoy getting to choose. Honestly just knowing that you have that option of choice is enough to begin building up that internal locus of control.
Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton