School, work, the recession and fiscal cliff, hurricanes and global warming, elections and equal rights, status updates, and tweets, oh my! It all makes the world an extremely overwhelming place to be!
Both personal and social challenges feel so big, and it turn, can make us feel small and powerless. Actually, there is research which has shown that since the 1960’s young people have increasingly felt less and less in control of their destiny or fate. Jean Twenge, a psychologist and generational specialist, found in 2002 that 80% of college students believed that their future was determined by luck or those more powerful than them.
What happens if you don’t think you have control over your fate and future? Are you just a victim of circumstance? Well the funny thing is yes! If you don’t take control, someone or something else will. If you feel like a small fish in a big pond, then you will be. But if you decide to be something bigger, more powerful and fierce, then you will be.
Certainly there will always be things which are out of our control, but there are also a lot of things within our control. Choosing to control your destiny and increase a sense of control empowers you to make decisions and plans which will impact both your present and future.
Get actively engaged in your life! Be conscientious about both the small and big decisions you make each day. Thoughtfulness and hard work will help you create the future you want.
You are what you think!