Personal agency is defined as believing a person is responsible for their thoughts, feelings, and actions and they have no power or influence over others thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Many of us feel out of control in our daily lives. With work, kids, relationships, a global pandemic, and a country that feels like it could collapse at any second, it is impossible to feel like we have any control over what happens in our day to day lives.
Lack of control and personal agency can lead us to feel overwhelmed, and cause us to feel aloof and disconnected from our lives. Taking back our personal agency gives us a sense of security and helps us feel more connected to our experiences. .
Take back your personal agency with these 7 tips from the Greater Good Magazine:
1. MANAGE YOUR EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
2. BE SELECTIVE WITH WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH
3. GET MOVING
4. SET A GROWTH MINDSET
5. RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO YOUR EMOTIONS
6. INTUITION – USE IT
7. THINK THEN DO
Find ways to incorporate these practices into your life. Are you making decisions that are going to help you feel better in the long run? Are children yelling for you at all hours of the day, distracting you from every task on your to-do list? Are you acting out of anger, excitement, or grief? Do you struggle with impulsive actions that you later regret?
Having agency is all about taking responsibility for your actions. By deliberating, acknowledging, pausing to reflect, and realigning your personal path, you are creating more influence over your own life. Don’t overthink it!