Use Your Agency!
Look at 2019 as the year of YOU! What are you waiting for? Now is the time to believe in yourself and all you can accomplish. We tend to be our own worst enemy when it comes to knowing our potential and taking steps toward our goals and dreams. We second-guess ourselves, make excuses, and deflate our own motivation.
In the study of psychology, the term for feeling in control of your life, believing in your capacity to influence your own thoughts and behavior, and having faith in your ability to handle a wide range of tasks or situations is called agency.
Only when you truly believe in yourself, your motivation and your purpose is it possible to live the life you want. But when we lack agency, we lack the capacity to act. The more we act, the stronger our agency becomes. I tapped into my own personal agency when I identified one of the things I really want to accomplish in 2019: After years of coaching clients one-on-one (which I will continue to do), I’ve decided to lead women’s mindfulness groups!
Technique of the week: Think about something you really want to do but haven’t because fear (or unsupportive people) are holding you back. No more excuses! Don’t allow a lack of agency derail you. Discuss your idea with friends or relatives who have your back and make a plan to get started!